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PNS Daily Newscast - May 28, 2018 


Trump administration officials are in North Korea, attempting to hash out details for the on-again, off-again summit. Also on the Memorial Day rundown: Veterans urge Congress to protect the “lands of the free;” and a new report deems cell towers and power lines threats to wildlife.

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Public News Service - MN: Senior Issues

Supporters of licensing for assisted-living facilities rallied this week in the Minnesota State Capitol. But are lawmakers listening? (AARP Minnesota)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — With less than a week left in the Minnesota legislative session, it's unclear whether either house will pass meaningful elder-care legislation. Advocates for seniors say abuse in assisted-living facilities has reached crisis levels, with about 400 cases reported across the

The Minnesota Department of Health says almost every state has experienced a record-breaking flu season. (Jeremy Tenenbaum/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's been a record-breaking flu season, but it seems things have turned a corner. The Minnesota Department of Health reports there were more than 100 flu-related hospitalizations in the state the week ending March 10. But that's about half the number reported the previous w

Critics of the Trump budget proposal warn it could reverse efforts to get healthy, local foods to low-income Minnesota families. (Marco Verch/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Trump budget proposal would cut almost $20 billion next year from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), once commonly known as food stamps. More than 600,000 Minnesotans benefit from SNAP and could be affected, according to Colleen Moriarty, executive directo

Hundreds of thousands turned out in Minnesota for 2016 precinct caucuses. The state moves to a presidential primary in 2020. (Jeremy Noble/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Tuesday night, 30,000 Minnesotans went to precinct caucuses. That's just 1 percent of the roughly 3 million who voted in 2016. So are caucuses good or bad for democracy? Hamline University political science professor David Schultz said it's complicated: Caucuses give nei

According to the United Nations, U.S. spending on pharmaceuticals is at least 30 percent higher than in other high-income countries. (Kiran Foster/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the price of prescription drugs keeps going up and Congress provides no solution, states are beginning to take matters into their own hands. States have regulatory authority and the economic power to buy medicine in bulk. So Seth Boffeli, communications director for AARP

Meterologists say this winter's January temperatures were average for Minnesota. (Laurie Stern)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Only about one in four Minnesota households eligible for help with heating bills is getting it. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, gives the state Commerce Department more than $100 million, distributed though social service providers such as Three Rivers

Adocates for seniors are worried about a possible $25 billion cut to Medicare if the tax bill passes. (Phalinn Ooi/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The final version of the Republican tax bill that Congress is expected to decide next week may mean a $25 billion cut to Medicare in 2018 alone. That's because at the end of each calendar year, the Office of Management and Budget must cut spending programs to offset any inc

Consumer watchdogs say they expect holiday season scammers to make a better-than-usual haul this year. (e-gabi/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Scammers pounce this time of year because they know it's when people are likely to be generous. Between the holidays and the end of the tax year, Minnesotans field lots of requests for donations. While most appeals are legitimate, consumer watchdog groups say tens of millions of

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