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PNS Daily Newscast - February 22, 2019 


North Carolina will hold a new election to fill the final disputed seat in the U.S. House. Also on our Friday rundown: Baltimore sues Monsanto and others for polluting city waterways. Plus, a public lands program moves towards permanent status.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – For decades, cash-poor American college students have joked about their "ramen noodles diet" – but now more than ever, students say they have to choose between buying food and paying tuition. A first-of-its-kind federal government report found nearly two million college

Workloads for Minnesota's state public defenders are too high and affect their ability to represent clients, according to a 2010 report from the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor. (AJEL/Pixabay)

By Filiberto Nolasco Gomez / Broadcast version by Roz Brown Reporting for the Workday Minnesota-Minnesota News Connection Collaboration MINNEAPOLIS – Amy Kantorowicz is an investigator in the public defender's office. Her job varies and can include interviewing witnesses, filing Data Practic

Federal law allows 60 percent of the U.S. workforce to take unpaid time off to care for a sick family member or new child, but many workers in rural communities canít afford to skip a paycheck.(Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U. of Minn.)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As legislators at the Minnesota State Capitol debate a paid family and medical leave policy, a new report from the University of Minnesota says the state's rural residents face the greatest need for this type of benefit. Report author Debra Fitzpatrick says multiple trends

About 235,000 Minnesotans live more than 10 miles from a large grocery store. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A program designed to give access to healthy, affordable food to Minnesotans will run out of funding without reinvestment from the Legislature this year. Health groups are urging lawmakers to renew it. Distance and income are a barrier to food for more than 340,000 Minnesot

The USDA has linked at least 29 facilities to turkey meat that has caused salmonella-related illnesses, but it hasn't publicly identified them. (Amy Meredith/Flickr)

MINNEAPOLIS — With Thanksgiving approaching, concerns about salmonella in turkey products is on the table for many consumer groups. A drug-resistant strain of the bacteria has made more than 160 people in 35 states sick and killed one person in the past year, according to the Centers for Disea

Minnesota traditionally has the nation's highest voter turnout and this year is no exception, with voter attention on health care and tariffs. (mhealth.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Healthcare and especially coverage of pre-existing conditions will be deciding factors for many U.S. citizens voting in tomorrow's midterms. Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies are not allowed to refuse coverage or charge more when people have health c

Growth in outsourcing by multinational companies has created an influx of Chinese imports into the United States, leading to rapidly growing trade deficits and job losses. (The White House)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With the Trump administration's trade war with China showing no signs of letting up, new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute says Minnesota workers have lost 88,000 jobs since China entered the World Trade Organization in 2001. The report says the U.S. as a whole lost

One expert says the United States' new trade deal with Mexico and Canada won't do much to help Minnesota dairy farmers, who face overproduction and low prices. (Cedar Summit Farm/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Minnesota-based think tank says the United States' new trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement is a missed opportunity, especially for small scale dairy farmers and action on climate change. President Donald Trump maintains the United States-Mexico-C

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