PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2018 

McMaster out and Bolton in. Also on the Friday rundown: Students across the nation prepare for the March For Our Lives; some good news on the labor front; and folks in Montana take clean power into their own hands.

Daily Newscasts

Public News Service - MN: Housing/Homelessness

Meterologists say this winter's January temperatures were average for Minnesota. (Laurie Stern)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Only about one in four Minnesota households eligible for help with heating bills is getting it. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, gives the state Commerce Department more than $100 million, distributed though social service providers such as Three Rivers

Kateri Residence in South Minneapolis plans to close in June. (Laurie Stern)

MINNEAPOLIS – Last month, nine residents of a South Minneapolis shelter learned their long-term home would be shuttered in June. Kateri Residence - a 44-year-old program to help Native-American women recover from chemical addiction and reunite with their children - said it couldn't afford to

The annual Memorial March for the Homeless draws hundreds every December. (Simpson Housing Services)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Hundreds of marchers will take to the streets in Minneapolis Thursday evening to remember people who died from lack of housing. It's the 33rd annual Homeless Memorial March. Kirsten Rokke with the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless said the first march took place in 1984, when

Data about who in Minnesota is homeless is released every three years by the Wilder Foundation. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

BRAINERD, Minn. – More than 600 people are brainstorming solutions to homelessness today and tomorrow in Brainerd. The annual conference of the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless includes service providers, DHS staff, tribal leaders, legislators and people who are experiencing homelessness.

Minnesota has a new round of grants to help mothers struggling with drug addiction. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

MINNEAPOLIS – New grant money is being used by a dozen organizations in Minnesota to help pregnant and parenting women face and conquer their substance-abuse problems. Just over $4 million has been distributed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and the same amount has been approved

Marchers carry signs with the names of those who have died homeless in Minneapolis. (Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless)

MINNEAPOLIS - At any given time, 9,300 people in Minnesota are homeless. On Thursday night, a vigil and march were held in Minneapolis to recognize those who have lost their lives on the streets, and two more events are planned between now and Christmas. Marchers carry signs with the names of the d

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

Maple Grove is the latest Minnesota town researching ways to make

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — As the number of people age 50 and older living in Minnesota continues to rise, some towns are trying to stay ahead of potential issues - and make sure aging residents feel welcome. The City of Maple Grove was recently designated an Age-Friendly Community by AARP - the t

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