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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2020 


Six Democratic presidential contenders face off in Nevada; and ballot security issues in play.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - MN: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

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

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

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

PHOTO: The Minnesota Department of Health is urging folks to take action when a friend, family or neighbor hints that they want to harm themselves. The suicide rate in Minnesota has reached its highest point since the early 1990s. Photo credit: epSos.de

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The suicide rate in Minnesota has reached its highest point in a decade. According to Melissa Heinen, suicide prevention specialist with the Minnesota Department of Health, nearly 700 people in the state took their own lives in 2011, up 13 percent from the year before. "In Minneso

PHOTO: Drivers are being reminded of the dangers of distractions behind the wheel as the long holiday weekend continues. Texting is a major distraction, but officials say hands-free phones also take your attention away and can be just as dangerous. CREDIT: Robert Provost

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the long holiday weekend continues, a reminder for drivers in Minnesota – keep your hands on the wheel and your focus on the road. Distracted driving is said to be a factor in at least one-in-four crashes, and while texting is often cited, Lt. Eric Roeske with the

PHOTOS: These girls Beat the Odds and are being awarded college scholarships from the Children's Defense Fund of Minnesota. Left to right: Maria Cruz Mendiola, Dorothy O'Berry, Rachel Flores and Salina Samaniego. CREDIT: CDF-MN

MINNEAPOLIS – The Children's Defense Fund of Minnesota tonight is honoring four young women who have overcome extreme adversity to pursue their dreams. The winners of the Beat the Odds awards are all high school seniors who, despite challenges, have done well in school and are planning to at

PHOTO: Dr. Laurence Steinberg will discuss his research into teen risk-taking and brain development at the upcoming annual conference of Teenwise Minnesota. Courtesy of Steinberg.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A person is apt to make more risky decisions as a teenager than at any other time in life, and research shows that's partly because of neurological reasons. In early adolescence, said Temple University psychology professor Laurence Steinberg, the brain systems that process and eva

PHOTO: The Minnesota Department of Health says 55 percent of adults in the state experienced at least one adverse experience as a child that can lead to health and economic problems as an adult. CREDIT: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Negative experiences as a child can have life-long effects on one's well-being, and the Minnesota Department of Health reports that such events are more common than one might expect. According to Department Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, a survey of more than 13,000 Minnesota adults f

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