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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - MN: Senior Issues

Colleen Moriarty of Hunger Solutions says in the last couple of years, more Minnesotans lean on food shelves toward the end of the month. (Michael Swan/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – U.S. Census data released Thursday had mostly good news for Minnesota, as it continues to recover from the recession. Median income is up, as is the proportion of Minnesotans with health insurance, and the overall poverty rate is down. One pocket of bad news is the poverty

Jill Pavlak (right) worked in liquor stores and restaurants to learn how to run her own brewery with her wife, Deb Loch.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – AARP Minnesota and a civic engagement group called Pollen are honoring 50 Minnesotans over age 50. The award smashes the myth that older people are washed up. Instead, the honorees are doing groundbreaking work in their communities. They come from all over the state and f

People age 50 and older are expected to be among those most dramatically affected by changes to the Affordable Care Act. (Ted Eytan/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's a new day for the health-care debate in the U.S. Senate. On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence had to break a tie to get senators to take up the repeal and/or replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Some insiders are calling what could come next "skinny repeal," meaning a ver

Retirees in Minnesota pay taxes on the Social Security benefits they receive. Only a dozen other states tax these benefits. (Virginia Carter)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With a budget deadline looming, Gov. Mark Dayton and state legislative leaders are still working on the framework of an agreement. Sticking points include how much of Minnesota's budget surplus will go to tax cuts, and which specific tax cuts will be included in the final p

Whether your phone service is a traditional line or internet-based, Minnesota consumer advocates say the protections should be the same. (cohdra/morguefile)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- For more than a century, phone service in Minnesota has been regulated by the Public Utilities Commission. But as many in the state transition to internet-based phone services, some lawmakers want to change that. House File 1665 would eliminate many of the basic consumer protect

House Speaker Paul Ryan may be escalating his plan to privatize Medicare. (paulryanhouse.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There's been talk by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan for several years about phasing out Medicare and replacing it with private insurance, but now those words may turn into action. Ryan has said he'll try to push it through as efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act mo

Gov. Mark Dayton has a plan to help Minnesotans pay for health insurance. (mn.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There's an effort underway in Minnesota to make sure no one loses health insurance while Republicans work to dismantle President Obama's health-care plan. Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed a premium rebate for about 120,000 Minnesotans who aren't eligible for federal tax credits

Minnesota's population is aging, particularly in rural areas, where many seniors don't have easy access to grocery stores. (Hungersolutions.org)

MINNEAPOLIS – Hunger-fighting advocates will continue their work in 2017 to help those who don't have enough to eat. Some food shelves in Minnesota have gone mobile to get to people who have transportation issues or live in rural areas and don't have easy access to grocery stores. Angela Nis

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