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PNS Daily News - June 28, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making headlines: Republicans scramble after a vote on health care delayed; a Clean Water Rule repeal comes under scrutiny; and a chemical in a common weed killer declared a carcinogen by California.

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Growing numbers of churches in Minnesota have pledged to provide sanctuary for immigrants if the Trump administration steps up deportations. (isiahmn.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Churches across Minnesota are continuing to pledge their support for immigrants who may face deportation under the Trump administration. Pastor Grant Stevensen said since the November election, churches have been signing on as sanctuaries for those seeking refuge in case of mass

Activists, lawmakers and civil rights groups are calling for policy changes in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The fatal police shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop near St. Paul has sparked outrage from community activists and some state lawmakers. Protests were held outside the Minnesota Governor's Residence today over a traffic stop gone wrong in which the 32-year-old blac

Minnesota non-profit groups are helping to provide free food and school supplies to hundreds of migrant families working in the state for the summer. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Hundreds of migrant students and families will soon be getting help with food and school supplies from a group of charity-minded Minnesotans. Over the weekend, volunteers and non-profit group employees packed up the supplies, which, over the next few weeks, will be delivere

Some Minnesota health care advocates are trying to remove the social stigmas surrounding mental illness through educational events as part of May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Mental illness may be affecting more Minnesotans than you think, as health professionals say about 224,000 people receive mental health services in the state. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it's being used as a time to remember that those who are seeking treatment

Anti-poverty groups are urging the Minnesota Senate to consider boosting a monthly cash assistance program for low-income families for the first time in 30 years. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the state Senate continues to debate its budget plan today, anti-poverty advocates are urging lawmakers to boost funding for a program aimed at helping low-income families. Supporters of the Minnesota Family Investment Program, or MFIP, say the amount of cash assistance

Minnesota lawmakers continue to consider reopening a controversial for-profit prison in Appleton, even as opposition grows. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota lawmakers will again consider two bills aimed at reopening a controversial for-profit prison, as one of the state's largest labor groups continues to oppose the idea. If House File 3223 and its counterpart in the Senate become law, the privately-owned Prairie Correction

One of Minnesota's largest employee unions does not want lawmakers to reopen a for-profit prison in the state. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - State lawmakers today may consider reopening a controversial Minnesota for-profit prison, in a move that some critics are calling "immoral." A state Senate committee is expected to look over a lease proposal to reopen the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton. Eliot Seide, exe

A move to set up six weeks of paid parental leave is gaining support from Minnesota workers. (iStockphoto)

ST PAUL, Minn. - A plan to ensure that Minnesota state employees have six weeks of paid parental leave is earning praise from workers. Governor Mark Dayton's proposal is part of his supplemental budget package, which still needs approval from state lawmakers. The idea, however, falls in line with

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