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PNS Daily Newscast - October 24, 2017 


On our nationwide rundown; the Pentagon attempts to clear the air on the ambush of U.S. troops; high marks for the nation’s capital city in meeting the needs of immigrant children; and we’ll tell you why experts are encouraging expanded vision screening of kids.

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Public News Service - MN: Budget Policy & Priorities

A Midwest rural advocacy group says the farm bill being written in Washington offers a great opportunity to give outstate Minnesota an economic boost. Chuck Hassebrook, with the Center for Rural Affairs, says a plan under consideration would provide loans and training to jumpstart the economy. "It

Minnesota non-profits are reacting to President Bush's proposed $3 trillion budget, which includes an increase in military spending. The proposal also contains a commitment to make the president's tax cuts permanent, while eliminating the federal deficit within five years. Steve Francisco, with th

Congress continues work on a new farm bill, which will shape the agriculture economy and impact consumers for the next five years. Now there are calls for it to focus on rural communities and small farms. Daniel Owens with the Center for Rural Affairs says that would require a change from current p

As President Bush was delivering his State of the Union speech last evening, reaction was coming in to Governor Pawlenty’s $34 billion budget proposal. Eliot Seide is with AFSCME Council 5, which represents 43,000 Minnesota workers. He worries that while it includes money set aside for a possi

Governor Pawlenty and other statewide officeholders were sworn in yesterday and today the new Minnesota legislature goes to work. Senate DFL spokeswoman Tarryl Clark says expanding early childhood education is a top priority. "If we can make sure that our kids are ready when they get to kindergart

St. Paul, MN - Looking for a reasonably priced rental home in Minnesota? Good luck. A new study ranks Minnesota behind 30 other states in affordability of rental housing. The National Low Income Housing Coalition finds the average state renter earns $11 an hour, and needs to work 52 hours a week, 52

North Mankato, MN - Farm leaders and legislators from across Minnesota are in North Mankato today for the 24th annual "Rural Legislative Forum." Spokesman Kent Thiesse says a top agenda item is attracting new farmers into the industry. "It is a concern. Obviously, the cost of owning and operating

St. Paul, MN - Minnesota will start the new year with a budget surplus of over $2 billion, according to state revenue projections released Wednesday. Ideas of what to do with the money are coming in, including proposals for another taxpayer refund. Others mention investing in underfunded programs an

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