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PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 


It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - MN: Civic Engagement

A working group in Minnesota, co-led by the state attorney general, recently issued a list of recommendations to reduce deadly police encounters. However, those involved say the state's need to respond to COVID-19 has prevented any legislative follow-up so far. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota officials have launched a civil-rights investigation into the entire Minneapolis Police Department following the killing of George Floyd. It coincides with calls for reform, but watchdogs elsewhere say changing police culture is very difficult. Other recent high-profile inc

The African Paradise restaurant in south Minneapolis is located near the site where the most intense protests occurred following the death of George Floyd. Like other minority-owned businesses, it faces an uncertain future because of damage to the building. (Nancy Korsah)

MINNEAPOLIS -- It took a long time for minority business owners to get established in parts of Minneapolis where protests demanding justice for George Floyd escalated over the weekend. But the property damage left in the wake will likely put those businesses and their customers in an even tougher si

The original Civilian Conservation Corps helped with projects such as the one at the Mississippi River headwaters in Minnesota. Supporters say reviving the CCC could put many unemployed people back to work. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jobless rates have soared in Minnesota and across the country as a result of the pandemic, and conservation groups say bringing back a public works program from the Great Depression might ease some of the economic pain in 2020 and beyond. The National Wildlife Federation says Con

The federal Environmental Protection Agency says Minnesota needs to spend more than $7 billion over the next 20 years in water infrastructure upgrades to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act. (Adobe Stock)

TWO HARBORS, Minn. -- More than two dozen business, labor and environmental groups have joined elected leaders in calling for new spending to upgrade Minnesota's water infrastructure. The "Fix the Pipes" coalition wants the state Legislature to approve at least $300 million in bonding to fund projec

A new online effort being led by a Minneapolis nonprofit aims to connect people feeling a lack of human connection during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS - Not everyone can huddle up safely in their homes during the pandemic. Many Minnesotans are on the front lines or lack community support - but a new initiative aims to give them a voice. Virtual chats called "Weather Together" are being spearheaded by Marnita Schroedl - CEO of Marnita

Minnesota's stay-at-home order is scheduled to end this Friday, but Gov. Tim Walz gave no specific indication about whether it would be extended during his State of the State speech Sunday. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Gov. Tim Walz offered Minnesotans a mix of harsh realities and encouragement in his State of the State speech Sunday night. The message had a singular focus: the coronavirus crisis. The speech, which had been postponed by the pandemic, was streamed through YouTube from the gover

In a surprise finish, former Vice President Joe Biden topped Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in Minnesota's primary election Tuesday. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Despite a large following in Minnesota and winning the state in 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., lost to former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday in the state's Democratic primary. Before the vote, Sanders had been polling neck-and-neck with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., for th

In 2018, Minnesota led the nation in voter turnout, but Latino advocates say there's still a racial gap in participation. They say that could be in part because Latinos often feel ignored by candidates. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- As voters head to the polls today in Minnesota and 13 other states, advocates for Latino voters say they don't feel major presidential candidates engage enough with their communities. In recent months, some national Latino groups didn't receive any feedback from certain candidates w

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