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PNS Daily Newscast - November 15, 2019 


President Trump asks SCOTUS to block release of his tax returns; use of the death penalty is on the decline across the country; and a push to make nutrition part of the health-care debate.

2020Talks - November 15, 2019 


Former MA Gov. Deval Patrick is officially running for president, saying he can attract more Independents and moderate Republicans than other candidates.

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Public News Service - MN: Community Issues and Volunteering

For those who don't have time to volunteer for charity, Give to the Max Day is happening Thursday. (aarp.org)

MINNEAPOLIS – More than 10,000 charitable organizations are expected to benefit from donations from Minnesotans this week. Thursday is Give to the Max Day, set up to help charities across the state. Jake Blumberg, executive director of GiveMN, says for residents who want to help but don't

A survey last year in Minnesota found that more than 9,300 people are considered homeless, and many are families and the elderly. (Veronica Carter)

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Hundreds of people who work to make sure every Minnesotan has a safe, affordable place to call home came together this week in Rochester. The "Facing Forward Together” conference, sponsored by the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, wraps up Thursday. According to

Wednesday is Walk to School Day across Minnesota. The idea is to keep kids moving, so they can stay healthy. (il.gov)

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – Wednesday is Walk to School Day, and more than 200 schools and thousands of kids across Minnesota are participating. The state and the nation have obesity problems, and Tara Besch, a health educator for Koochiching County, said the annual event is a great way to en

New census numbers show a big drop in the number of Minnesota kids living in poverty, but thousands more still need help than before the recession. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — New research shows that the number of Minnesota kids living in poverty dropped significantly in 2015, but the state's child-poverty rate still remains higher than it was in 2008. Census figures showed 23,000 fewer Minnesota children in poverty in 2015 compared to 2014 - the

Using a new report, Minnesota transit experts are exploring ways to help close transit challenges for low-income families through new rule changes. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- New research shows families who rely on trains and buses in the Twin Cities face challenges traveling with young children and accessing child care facilities, but some family-friendly changes could be coming to one of Minnesota's largest public transit networks. The "Transit-Ac

Rural Minnesotans, including farmers, are in St. Paul today, discussing their priorities in how local policymakers are responding to climate change. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – How will Minnesota's rural communities weather climate change in the coming years? That's the big question behind the final session of a state-level meeting in St. Paul today. State agencies and residents are talking about how Minnesota's rural communities already are being

Starting today, Minnesota is providing more money for free training for child care professionals, which supporters say could help close educational achievement gaps for children of color. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Starting today, Minnesota will be kicking in more money to help under served areas of the state get access to better child care. Back in June, Gov. Mark Dayton earmarked $2 million in one-time funding that will partly go towards free training for certain child care professi

As the Department of Justice plans to end its use of private prisons, Minnesota's correctional officer's union wants to keep a private facility in Appleton permanently shuttered. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Department of Justice's plan to end its use of private prisons is renewing calls to keep a private Minnesota facility permanently closed. Some state lawmakers have been considering a plan to reopen the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton. But the idea has b

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