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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


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Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - MN: Youth

According to a new study funded by the National Cancer Institute, Minneapolis has 32 times more tobacco retailers than McDonald's eateries, and 14 times more than Starbucks stores. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Many tobacco retailers are located near public schools and in low-income neighborhoods, according to a new study. It maps out the industry's presence in 30 U.S. cities, including Minneapolis. The study found in Minneapolis, 52% of public schools are within 1,000 feet of a tobacco ret

A new compilation of medical research shows kids in the United States aren't getting enough physical activity, and also are not engaged in sustained periods of exercise. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- A group of doctors has compiled research that suggests young children aren't playing enough, or long enough. The new medical summary was done in conjunction with the American Heart Association and underscores barriers some kids in Minnesota face in staying fit. The doctors say

Since March, many states have done a good job in keeping teens from entering juvenile detention centers. But getting teens already in custody released is an area still lagging. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Positive trends in populations at youth detention centers in the U.S. have hit a snag, according a new report from The Annie E. Casey Foundation. However, long-term efforts to keep teens out of these facilities still offer hope, including in Minnesota. When the coronavirus pan

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

Personal fears related to immigration status and overcrowded housing situations are considered common reasons why young kids are undercounted in the census. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS - The 2020 Census count has been delayed by the pandemic, but groups wanting to ensure that children are counted are getting their message out. In Minnesota, efforts are underway to educate families in communities of color. The state has declared May 15 as "Count All Kids Day." It's es

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Justice Alternatives Initiative, more than 200,000 young people a year are admitted to detention facilities in the United States. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS - A number of noticeable trends have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes lower juvenile detention numbers. A new report suggests a downward trend in states such as Minnesota. The national survey, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows a 24% drop in the number of

Minnesota's nearly 900,000 K-12 students have gotten their schooling mostly online since late March. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- For the rest of the school year, Minnesota students will have to learn remotely from their homes, as Gov. Tim Walz has extended school closures in response to the pandemic. Calling it a "heartbreaking" decision, Walz -- a former teacher -- says classrooms will not reopen at any

In Minnesota, only a some teachers are required to receive suicide-prevention training. But a bill in the Legislature would expand that requirement to all teachers. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota lawmakers, educators and industry experts are demanding a more robust support system for students struggling with mental health issues. A proposed bill in the state Legislature would expand the number of teachers who receive suicide-prevention training when they need to

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