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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


What's next following the FCC vote to end net neutrality? We have a pair of reports. Also on our Friday rundown: We'll let you know why adolescents in foster care need opportunities to thrive; and steps you can take to avoid losing your holiday loot.

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Public News Service - MN: Education

Clancy was a lab/hound mix trained to sniff out mercury in schools. (MPCA)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Hamline University gave its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Carol Hubbard, who has spent most of her career exposing mercury hazards for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. From 2001 to 2009, Hubbard worked with Clancy the mercury-sniffing dog. Their unique partnersh

A buffalo from the herd on tribal lands at Prairie Island will be harvested during the Minnesota Indian Education Conference, which runs through Friday. (USFWS/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A buffalo will be killed, dressed and eaten the traditional way as part of the Minnesota Indian Education conference this week. On Thursday, students in grades 6-12 will help elders harvest the animal and serve meat to the conference attendees. It's one way organizers hope to ac

The new accessible playground at the Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley grade school, funded in part by GiveMN donors, features a wood-chip play surface and interactive equipment. (School District 2888)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – This Thursday is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota. It's the day more than 6,000 Minnesota nonprofit groups stand to gain millions of dollars in donations, thanks to the organization known as GiveMN.org. Its executive director, Jake Blumberg, says the GiveMN website makes

Only 13 percent of children walk or bike to school, compared with nearly 50 percent 50 years ago. (American Heart Association)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Many around the country celebrate National Bike or Walk to School Day today, including more than 200 schools in Minnesota. Research shows that a little exercise on the way to school could help kids and communities all year long. "Kids who have this opportunity to walk or bike to s

The 2016 Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College considered disparities in the global economy; this year, the focus is reproductive technology.  (Gustavus Adolphus College)

ST. PETER, Minn. – For 53 years, the Nobel Conference has brought leading thinkers to the Gustavus Adolphus College campus in St. Peter. Starting on Tuesday, this year's conference theme is advances in reproductive technology, including male birth control and fetal gene transplants. Confer

A St. Paul event, CodeSwitch, is part of the National Day of Civic Hacking on Saturday. (Matylda/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A hackathon this weekend aims to use computer code and real-life experience to solve pressing social problems. The two-day event in Saint Paul is part of the National Day for Civic Hacking, a four-year-old federal initiative to encourage community activists to harness the pow

Leech Lake Tribal College ranks among the top community colleges on multiple national lists, including a new one out this month. (Courtesy Leech Lake Tribal College)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A personal finance website ranks Minnesota's Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake the number one community college in the nation for overall quality. WalletHub looked at price, faculty-student ratio and graduation rates among other factors in its rankings of 728 schools.

There are about 18,000 day-care centers and 9,000 in-home child-care providers in Minnesota. (Grant Barrett/Creative Commons)<br />

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Tens of thousands of Minnesota children and their families stand to benefit from new federal requirements for child-care providers. There is new training in 11 specific areas for providers in the Child Care Assistance Program, from dispensing medicine to emergency preparedness. Co

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