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President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

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: Youth

Minnesota House Democrats say a portion of the state's budget plan should go toward initiatives that would encourage action on climate change. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Democrats in the Minnesota House want to spend budget surplus money on more immediate climate-change initiatives. Youth activists say the plan highlights their demands for policy action. It would set aside more than $190 million for efforts that supporters say could get reside

In Minnesota, state authorities say more than 1,700 pounds of meth was seized by police last year, a nearly 50% increase over 2018. (Adobe Stock).

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota is seeing an increase in methamphetamine activity, a drug that was viewed as a major problem 20 years ago. A research group says boosting access to mental health care might stop the drug's comeback. The opioid crisis has commanded the attention of law enforcement and

Advocates say two in five college students in Minnesota are facing food insecurity. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- College students across Minnesota are now back on their respective campuses following the long holiday break. But advocates say many students are struggling to get the food they need. A recent report notes that 40% of Minnesota college students have experienced food insecurity

Minnesota officials say that between 2017 and 2019, nearly 1,300 teens and young adults were assisted by various groups after being victims of sexual exploitation. (stopcse.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Based on findings from a recent survey, Minnesota health officials estimate at least 5,000 high-school students have been sexually exploited. But officials and researchers say the problem likely runs deeper. A question was added to the most recent Minnesota Student Survey, a cen

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only 37% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, and fewer than 10% of prospective donors give blood annually. (uofmhealth.org)

MINNEAPOLIS -- January is National Blood Donor Month, and there's a big need for type-O blood. In Minnesota, the American Red Cross hopes younger generations will pick up the slack and donate blood regularly, now and in the future. The American Red Cross chapter for the Minnesota Region is appeali

In Minnesota, health officials say among 8th-grade students, e-cigarette use nearly doubled from 2016 to 2019, and one in four 11th graders now use e-cigarettes. (Isabella Mendes/Librestock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Ten Minnesota cities have adopted some form of restrictions for selling flavored tobacco products – and advocates of these policies hope a statewide ban will follow suit. They are especially concerned about how these products are marketed to teens and communities of c

Children's Minnesota says its new Gender Health program is one of only a handful of clinics in the country to provide specialized care to transgender teens. (archfieldoffice.com)

MINNEAPOLIS — A recent study found more U.S. teens are identifying as transgender or gender nonconforming. Health-care providers are taking notice by opening clinics that provide specialized care for these youths. That includes a facility that recently opened in Minneapolis. It's run by the

A children's advocacy group estimates that more than 219,000 of Minnesota's school-age children are alone and unsupervised in the hours after school. (Lukas/Pexels)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the academic year nears the halfway point, some communities in Minnesota are still struggling to make sure kids are spending quality time when classrooms let out for the day. Children's advocates say that's because years of funding cuts for after-school programs are showin

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