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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 

President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.

2020Talks - October 23, 2020 

The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

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Minnesota has reported nearly 130,000 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with more than 2,300 deaths. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota is seeing an acceleration of COVID-19 cases and deaths, and a leading local epidemiologist warns the region and the nation could be in for a rough winter. The state Health Department says Minnesota is averaging more than a thousand cases each day this month. There's also co

As technology demands pick up during the COVID-19 crisis, broadband advocates say government agencies still need to provide more infrastructure funding to eliminate gaps. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- From distance learning to telemedicine, the pandemic crisis continues to expose gaps in broadband internet access. An effort in Minnesota aims to provide a clearer picture of where customers are being left behind. On its website, the Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition offers a

In addition to seeking another waiver request, state officials say they're also asking that the federal government allow verification for SNAP recipients to be done over the phone during the crisis. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- SNAP recipients in Minnesota are being urged to renew their applications to avoid becoming ineligible in September. The reminder comes amid requests that federal officials grant another certification waiver during the pandemic. The Department of Human Services says more than 20,

New projections suggest that as many as 750,000 Minnesotans will be experiencing food insecurity by the fall, meaning they're not always sure where their next meal is coming from. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota food banks and food shelves will see more funding come their way to help meet increased demand during the pandemic. According to a top aid group, the additional money helps -- but without more federal assistance, funding might dry up. Gov. Tim Walz announced that $12

Tax experts say people who rush to file their taxes at the last minute run the risk of making a mistake and having their return rejected. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Taxpayers across the country got a reprieve earlier this year when the federal government and many states extended the tax-filing deadline because of the pandemic. But the new deadline is bearing down, and a Minnesota nonprofit worries about low-income filers. The Twin Cities-area g

Minnesota's insulin affordability law, which now faces legal action, creates a low-cost avenue for diabetics who can't afford the drug to obtain the medicine. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota's new insulin affordability program went into effect this week, but it's already facing a court challenge. Advocates who worked to get the law passed have said they feel somewhat misled about its legal vulnerability, but still are hopeful about its future. After a len

In addition to safety violations, wage theft has been cited as a big problem in the construction trade for immigrant workers in Minnesota. Policy leaders have been more responsive to that issue in recent years. (Adobe Stock)

LAKEVILLE, Minn. -- The recent death of a construction worker in Minnesota has exposed a lack of safety oversight at job sites, according to a regional union. Union officials say immigrant laborers are being exploited by contractors who are not prioritizing training. Last week, a 26-year-old man

PolyMet's proposed copper-nickel mine for northeastern Minnesota had been under review for more than a decade before it became ensnared in a legal fight over permits. (PolyMet)

HOYT LAKES, Minn. -- For a second time, the Minnesota Supreme Court says it will weigh in on a permit for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine along the Iron Range. Environmental groups opposing the project say the latest twist shows they're in for a long fight. This week, the court said it w

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