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PNS Daily Newscast - August 18, 2017 


In our rundown spotlight today: at least 13 are dead in Barcelona after a driver ran his van into pedestrians; a researcher examines ways to resolve racial inequality; and a new study finds Latinos will fuel a quarter of America's economic growth in 2020.

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Public News Service - MN: Livable Wages/Working Families

Researchers say NAFTA has led to the loss of many U.S. family farms. (Don Graham/Flickr)

MINNEAPOLIS – The Trump administration reopens talks Wednesday on the North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA supporters say it has boosted American farm exports and trade in general among the U.S., Canada and Mexico. But critics say it has hurt people in all three countries by rewardin

The Minnesota State Fair hires about 3,000 people for 12 days every year, and vendors need additional workers. (Minnesota State Fair)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – An estimated 5,500 jobs will be created for the 12-day Minnesota State Fair, which starts Aug. 24. The state unemployment rate is 3.7 percent, so analysts say job seekers have plenty of low-paying jobs to choose from. State Fair jobs pay minimum wage, or a little higher &

The pay gap in Minnesota between men and women is nearly $10,000 a year, but state lawmakers still opted to close the Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women. (mn.us)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- After more than 40 years of service to the state, it's the last week for Minnesota's Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women. In the last few days of the legislative session, state lawmakers voted to eliminate all OESW funding and prohibit staffing for the office. Bar

Two separate utility hikes could kick in in the near future. (energy gov)

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota families could pay a lot more for utilities if two separate rate hikes are implemented. A request by Minnesota Power is currently going through the public utilities process, and would raise bills for the average consumer by more than 6 percent - which equals about $

More of Minnesota's children have access to fresh produce as a result of the Market Bucks program. (Jesse Davis)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's the time of year when local farmers are busy selling fresh fruits and vegetables they've worked hard to grow, and hunger-fighting advocates are hoping a state-funded program will help lower-income Minnesotans purchase that produce. When SNAP recipients buy at farmers markets

Minnesota would be the sixth state in the U.S. with permanent paid parental leave if state lawmakers decide to approve it. (mn.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota lawmakers are being urged to hear two bills that resulted from an agreement between state employees and Gov. Mark Dayton, to allow six weeks of paid leave for both parents after the birth or adoption of a child. Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAP

Minnesota has a budget surplus, and what should be done with that money is under the microscope. (mn.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota lawmakers are being asked to keep working families in mind when they consider what to do with a $1.65 billion state budget surplus. Public employee union officials are asking that the Legislature focus investment on economic security for the people who live in the

One in four children in Minnesota lacks access to healthy food, simply because he or she lives in areas where grocery shopping choices are limited. (Virginia Carter)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition last year pushed legislation to address so-called food deserts in rural and urban areas, and now a bill to fund such legislation is being introduced at the State Capitol Thursday. The Good Food Access Fund would provide loans, grant

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