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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2021 


Pro-democracy groups in West Virginia urging support for the "For the People Act;" the debate rages on over Michigan's proposed trans sports ban.


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A House bill pushing states on permit-to-purchase handgun laws aims to cut gun violence; HUD Secretary announces nearly $5B in rental assistance; and record numbers of asylum seekers turned back from U.S. are seeking sanctuary in Mexico.

Public News Service - MN: Teen Pregnancy Prevention

By 2035, children will outnumber Minnesotans over age 65. (Photo courtesy Children's Defense Fund - MN.)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Once a year, the Children's Defense Fund releases a slew of data that show how well children are doing in Minnesota. That report comes out today and it shows the Minnesota population getting older and more ethnically diverse. A key finding, says the Children's Defense Fund

The 2016 Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College considered disparities in the global economy; this year, the focus is reproductive technology.  (Gustavus Adolphus College)

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ST. PETER, Minn. – For 53 years, the Nobel Conference has brought leading thinkers to the Gustavus Adolphus College campus in St. Peter. Starting on Tuesday, this year's conference theme is advances in reproductive technology, including male birth control and fetal gene transplants. Confer

PHOTO: The Minnesota Department of Health has detailed its new efforts to reduce the infant mortality rate, as hundreds of babies die in the state each year before they reach the age of one. Photo credit: Cody/Flickr.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Every year, several hundred babies statewide die before they reach their first birthday and a new plan from the Minnesota Department of Health aims to reduce those numbers. Commissioner Ed Ehlinger says while Minnesota does have one of the lowest overall infant mortality rates in

PHOTO: A law aimed at bringing new standards to the treatment and care of pregnant and postpartum inmates in Minnesota begins Tuesday at the women's prison in Shakopee, with expansion to county jails in July 2015. Photo credit: Frank de Kleine / Flickr.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The first law in the state to consider the unique needs of women in prison who are pregnant begins today. Jessica Anderson, director of legislative affairs and communications for Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, says this new law is a first step toward creating healthy begi

PHOTO: In 2012, there were an average of nine babies born to Minnesota teens every day, although a new report says the state's teen birth rate has fallen dramatically. Photo credit: Monstse PB/Flickr

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Some good news from a just-released report from Teenwise Minnesota, showing the teen pregnancy and birth rates in the state have fallen to historic lows. Jill Farris, Teenwise’s director of Training and Education, says the rates were at their peaks in the early 1990s,

PHOTO: Stores make an attempt at propriety in displaying adult magazines with covers partially hidden, but teens have easy access online. Experts say it distorts what they view as healthy relationships and body image. Photo credit: Ed Kohler

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's a far cry from magazines tucked under the mattress – and experts say the proliferation of pornography made available with today's technology is having an adverse effect on teens' views about dating and their bodies. Elizabeth Schroeder, founder of Elizabeth Schro

PHOTO: Minnesotans who are looking to make a difference in the new year are being encouraged to consider becoming a mentor for an at-risk child. Photo Courtesy of GMCC

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Those Minnesotans who have resolved to do what they can to make the world a better place in 2014 are being encouraged to consider becoming mentors to young people. According to Gennea Falconer, director of Kinship of Greater Minneapolis, they currently have around 200 youths in o

IMAGE: This Sunday (12/1) is World AIDS Day. While infection rates have plateaued statewide and nationally, there are some indicators that could point to trouble ahead for Minnesota.

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MINNEAPOLIS – This Sunday marks the observance of World AIDS Day and it comes at a time when there are rising concerns in Minnesota. David Kurtzon, program manager of Teenwise Minnesota, says the rate of new HIV cases has pretty much plateaued locally, but that could change as fewer young pe

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