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PNS Daily News - September 26, 2017 


Today’s news focuses on several issues including: a third Republican opposing the latest Obamacare repeal effort; a look at the safety of personal information on this Voter Registration Day; and U.S. crime still historically low despite a recent rise.

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Public News Service - MN: Housing/Homelessness

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

As legal issues present challenges for some low-income Minnesotans' health, new Medical Legal Partnerships have expanded their access in more rural parts of the state. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A one-year-old Medical Legal Partnership program has expanded this month to help more rural Minnesotans access legal services in a health care setting. The partnership provides free legal advice for low-income patients to navigate certain issues that can have negative effec

New numbers predict the shortage of affordable housing options for Minnesota seniors will continue to grow. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – New research shows Minnesota could soon see a significant boost in the demand for affordable senior housing. By 2020, the state will – for the first time – be home to more people ages 65 or older than those ages five to 17, according to a new report. But advocat

Advocates for Minnesota's low-income families are pushing lawmakers to pass an increase in monthly cash assistance. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A year has passed since a state task force laid out solutions to some of the serious problems facing Minnesota's Family Investment Program, but not much has changed. Today, advocates for low-income families are in the Capitol, again asking lawmakers to implement some of the change

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