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PNS Daily Newscast - November 20, 2019 


Poll finds people paying attention to impeachment, but hearings aren't changing minds; votes on bills that would protect California wilderness, which supporters say would reduce wildfire risk; and child well-being in the courts, in foster care, and in the Census count.

2020Talks - November 20, 2019 


Tonight, 10 candidates will face off at the fifth Democratic primary debate in Atlanta. Also, it's Transgender Day of Remembrance, honoring trans and gender non-conforming people who have been killed this year.

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Public News Service - MN: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

Neither women nor men in the United States rank among the top three countries where people live the longest lives.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's no longer a secret that Americans are dying at an alarming rate from a nationwide opioid crisis and increased suicide rate, and those factors also are contributing to reduction in life expectancy. Late last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rep

Kateri Residence in South Minneapolis plans to close in June. (Laurie Stern)

MINNEAPOLIS – Last month, nine residents of a South Minneapolis shelter learned their long-term home would be shuttered in June. Kateri Residence - a 44-year-old program to help Native-American women recover from chemical addiction and reunite with their children - said it couldn't afford to

Minnesota has a new round of grants to help mothers struggling with drug addiction. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

MINNEAPOLIS – New grant money is being used by a dozen organizations in Minnesota to help pregnant and parenting women face and conquer their substance-abuse problems. Just over $4 million has been distributed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and the same amount has been approved

A bipartisan group is targeting Minnesota for more criminal justice reforms in 2016. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A bipartisan criminal justice reform group is looking to expand its reach in several states this year, including Minnesota. The North Star State's prisons already are overcrowded by about 500 inmates and that problem is expected to grow over the next six years. Jenna Moll is depu

A group of Minnesota religious leaders are supporting moves to lessen mandatory sentencing for low-level drug offenses. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota's prison population continues to grow, a group of religious leaders are speaking out in support of plans to lighten the state's drug sentencing laws. The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission is holding a public meeting this afternoon to weigh the pros and cons

PHOTO: A Minnesota nonprofit organization is reporting success in helping keep former inmates from returning to prison by linking them with opportunities for employment and housing. Photo credit: Krystian Olszanski/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A program in Minnesota is making great strides in helping African-American men who are getting out of prison stay out - and also work toward getting out of poverty. Thomas Adams, president and chief executive of Better Futures of Minnesota, said key to the nonprofit group's succes

PHOTO: Little cigars have gained popularity with teens, as they come in flavors similar to ice cream and are sold at prices so low, they can buy several for less than a dollar. Photo credit: Tony Alter/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota retailers do better at thwarting teens' attempts to buy tobacco than retailers in any other state, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The ranking is earning praise, although some anti-smoking advocates say the figure

PHOTO: Minnesota's new

ST. PAUL, Minn. - One of the keys to keeping former prison inmates from returning to jail is gainful employment, and a new Minnesota law aims to help them at least have a better chance of finding work. The "Ban the Box" law, which takes effect Jan. 1, means employers can no longer ask about criminal

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