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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


2021Talks - March 9, 2021 


The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Public News Service - MN: Social Justice

The May 2020 police killing of George Floyd sparked worldwide protests over police treatment of Black communities. (Mike Moen)

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Barring last-minute changes, court proceedings begin today in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd. Amid worldwide coverage, local faith leaders and others remain focused on healing and righting racial inequities. Images of

Last year, the national group Stop AAPI Hate reported it received a total of 2,583 incidents of discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A key advocacy group for Asian Americans in Minnesota hopes the country is turning the corner on reducing hateful rhetoric toward community members. But it said emerging plans need more detail, and lack of diversity in government still is a concern. Last week, President Joe Biden si

Co-chairs of a new reparations commission in St. Paul say the eyes of the world are on Minnesota in light of George Floyd's death, and what role the region can play in addressing social and racial inequities. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The movement for reparations for Black Americans has seen greater urgency since the police killing of George Floyd last year. And in the state where he died, the effort to make amends has taken a big step. This week the St. Paul City Council unanimously approved a new commission

In 2014, Kenya McKnight-Ahad, pictured, founded the Black Women's Wealth Alliance. (Photo courtesy of Sharolyn Hagen).

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The holiday shopping season is winding down, but a Minnesota group said consumers still should keep Black-owned businesses in mind for last-minute gifts. And after this year's racial reckoning, there are renewed calls for long-term support from customers as well as banks. It's been

Groups calling for election reform say the structure of voting, from state systems to the courts that protect them, still mostly works. They say the biggest current threat is state legislatures that might consider reducing access to voting. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Electoral College convenes today in another step to formally establish Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential race. But following the latest legal challenge on President Donald Trump's behalf, questions about faith in democracy persist. Three Minnesota Republican congre

Minnesotans calling for greater health equity say the pandemic has brought disparities to light, and hope awareness will create better outcomes for communities of color. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Six months have passed since the police killing of George Floyd, and people calling for social justice hope the movement doesn't fade away. In Minnesota, one organization is working to fund projects to improve health equity, for people of color and women. The American Heart Associat

It's been nearly five months since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, but debate on a variety of issues tied to the incident continues. (Mike Moen)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Feelings still are strong in Minneapolis about the police killing of George Floyd and how the city responded to the incident and the civil unrest that followed. One group has been holding listening sessions so policymakers and all state residents know more about the lingering effects.

For the fourth year in a row, the Minnesota Human Services department has handed out Outstanding Refugee Awards to ten recipients. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Political and societal tension has reached new levels this year in Minnesota, and prior to 2020, backlash against refugees had been building in some areas. However, some refugees are looking past the anger toward them by trying to make their communities better. This month, the

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