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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


2020Talks - September 30, 2020 


Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - MN: Family/Father Issues

With a little more than a month before the new academic year begins, parents across Minnesota have been waiting nervously to see how state leaders and educators plan to handle learning this fall with the pandemic still in effect. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- State leaders soon will announce their strategy for schools this fall with the pandemic still a public health crisis. Expected scenarios include in-person classes, a return to distance learning, or a hybrid. But for some parents, all options pose a challenge. When Minnesota schools

Groups such as AARP hope Minnesota seniors can access help if their normal support structure is affected by the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Senior citizens across Minnesota might find it harder to get access to supplies or crucial information during the pandemic, but a leading nonprofit is rolling out several initiatives to make sure they're not isolated from help. Public-health officials have urged residents to sta

One symptom of an online gaming disorder is when a person continues to play despite negative consequences in their family, school or social life. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Technology addiction was the focus when a host of experts gathered this month at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, N.J., for the annual Urban Mental Health Conference. Panelists agreed that tech addiction is an emerging front in the treatment world, and a Minnesota prov

A bill in the Minnesota Legislature would create a paid-leave insurance policy to cover a portion of wages while workers care for sick family members or new additions to the family. Pictured: MAPE member Miguel Lindgren with his wife Monica and daughter Camila. (MAPE)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As Minnesota lawmakers consider a proposal to provide all employees with paid family leave, workers who already have paid parental-leave benefits are speaking out. Miguel Lindgren and his wife were both adopted into Minnesota families, and have decided to grow their family

Hundreds of thousands turned out in Minnesota for 2016 precinct caucuses. The state moves to a presidential primary in 2020. (Jeremy Noble/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Tuesday night, 30,000 Minnesotans went to precinct caucuses. That's just 1 percent of the roughly 3 million who voted in 2016. So are caucuses good or bad for democracy? Hamline University political science professor David Schultz said it's complicated: Caucuses give nei

The annual Memorial March for the Homeless draws hundreds every December. (Simpson Housing Services)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Hundreds of marchers will take to the streets in Minneapolis Thursday evening to remember people who died from lack of housing. It's the 33rd annual Homeless Memorial March. Kirsten Rokke with the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless said the first march took place in 1984, when

There are about 10,000 licensed child-care providers in Minnesota. (Tyler Hoff/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota is first in the nation to use a new online tool that's designed to help both child-care providers and parents understand more about who and what is available for licensed child-care. Angie Bowman is the data programs manager for Child Care Aware of Minnesota, she

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

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

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