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PNS Daily Newscast - August 16, 2017 


On our rundown today: Trump says there were “very fine people on both sides” in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday; a Minnesota church leader urges people to stand up against hate groups; and civil rights groups are outraged over the potential pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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Public News Service - MN: Human Rights/Racial Justice

President Trump's proposed immigration ban brought Minneapolis residents out to support diversity in February. (Fibonacci Blue/Flickr)

MINNEAPOLIS - A national anti-racism group this week published a map that shows 10 hate groups based in Minnesota. After weekend violence during a white-supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va., and another incident even closer to home, Minnesotans are wondering what, if anything, they can do. Th

Minnesota has new guidelines that aim to help gender-diverse and transgender students. (Brett Levin/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the new school year approaches, schools and students are trying to make sense of the new transgender toolkit released last week by the Minnesota Department of Education. The guidelines have drawn fire from opponents who claim they threaten parental rights and student privacy, wh

This year's national Democracy Convention is Aug. 2-6 in the Twin Cities. (democracyconvention.org)

MINNEAPOLIS -- A diverse group of activists, organizers, artists, educators, students and elected officials from around the U.S. is gearing up for the 2017 Democracy Convention, being held in the Twin Cities next week. It's the third annual event, and Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, national director with

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

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