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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


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Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - MN: Criminal Justice

PHOTO: Those working to reduce gun violence say they will continue their push for universal background checks on gun sales. CREDIT: M Glasgow

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The national drive to end gun violence makes its way to Minnesota today, with a stop by the "No More Names" bus. The bus began its trip June 14 in Newtown, Conn., six months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. At each stop, the names of all of the known gun-murder vic

PHOTO: A remembrance is planned for today (Friday) in Duluth, the sixth month anniversary of the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. CREDIT: Claudia Sims Photography

DULUTH, Minn. – It was six months ago today when a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, left 26 people dead, including 20 first graders. The tragedy put a national spotlight on gun safety, but as Joan Peterson with Protect Minnesota explains, Congress has been unab

PHOTO: A statewide campaign to identify and combat the ever growing crime of elder abuse is being launched today in Minnesota. CREDIT: Fechi Fajardo

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the population of Minnesota growing older than it's ever been, a new campaign kicks off today to help prevent the abuse and exploitation of elders in the state. According to Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo, part of the goal of the "Stop Abuse and Financial Exploitation of E

PHOTO: With the crisis over sexual assaults in the military growing as more details emerge, a Minnesota lawmaker is calling for an extensive investigation by the U.S. House.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the crisis over sexual assaults in the military growing as more details emerge by the week, a Minnesota congresswoman is calling for an extensive investigation by the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., has introduced legislation to establish a "Speci

PHOTO: Peggy Hiestand-Harri and Rep. Joe Atkins at introduction of the bill to cut down on fraudulent wire transfers of money. Harri's mother was scammed out of $47,000. CREDIT: AARP MN

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota lawmakers wrap up their 2013 session, one of the new statutes that has emerged aims to prevent seniors and others from being scammed through wire transfers of money. According to DFL Rep. Joe Atkins, for one thing, money transfers to locations other than the original

PHOTO: It made it through committee, but a bill to require background checks by unlicensed dealers at gun shows in Minnesota has still not been scheduled for a vote on the House floor. CREDIT: M. Glasgow

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With advocates for gun safety pushing for a vote in the Minnesota House, a statewide outdoors and conservation group is the latest to come out in favor of universal background checks. The Minnesota Division of the Izaak Walton League approved the resolution at its state convention

PHOTO: The Minnesota Department of Health says 55 percent of adults in the state experienced at least one adverse experience as a child that can lead to health and economic problems as an adult. CREDIT: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Negative experiences as a child can have life-long effects on one's well-being, and the Minnesota Department of Health reports that such events are more common than one might expect. According to Department Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, a survey of more than 13,000 Minnesota adults f

PHOTO:  CREDIT: Daquella Manera

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Teens in juvenile detention settings in Minnesota are among the most at-risk for pregnancy or a sexually-transmitted disease, but new efforts are making a difference. According to David Kurtzon, program manager at Teenwise Minnesota, one such program that's having a positive impact

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