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PNS Daily Newscast - July 28, 2017 


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Public News Service - MN: Teen Pregnancy Prevention

PHOTO: The Minnesota Department of Health has detailed its new efforts to reduce the infant mortality rate, as hundreds of babies die in the state each year before they reach the age of one. Photo credit: Cody/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Every year, several hundred babies statewide die before they reach their first birthday and a new plan from the Minnesota Department of Health aims to reduce those numbers. Commissioner Ed Ehlinger says while Minnesota does have one of the lowest overall infant mortality rates in

PHOTO: A law aimed at bringing new standards to the treatment and care of pregnant and postpartum inmates in Minnesota begins Tuesday at the women's prison in Shakopee, with expansion to county jails in July 2015. Photo credit: Frank de Kleine / Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The first law in the state to consider the unique needs of women in prison who are pregnant begins today. Jessica Anderson, director of legislative affairs and communications for Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, says this new law is a first step toward creating healthy begi

PHOTO: In 2012, there were an average of nine babies born to Minnesota teens every day, although a new report says the state's teen birth rate has fallen dramatically. Photo credit: Monstse PB/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Some good news from a just-released report from Teenwise Minnesota, showing the teen pregnancy and birth rates in the state have fallen to historic lows. Jill Farris, Teenwise’s director of Training and Education, says the rates were at their peaks in the early 1990s,

PHOTO: Stores make an attempt at propriety in displaying adult magazines with covers partially hidden, but teens have easy access online. Experts say it distorts what they view as healthy relationships and body image. Photo credit: Ed Kohler

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's a far cry from magazines tucked under the mattress – and experts say the proliferation of pornography made available with today's technology is having an adverse effect on teens' views about dating and their bodies. Elizabeth Schroeder, founder of Elizabeth Schro

PHOTO: Minnesotans who are looking to make a difference in the new year are being encouraged to consider becoming a mentor for an at-risk child. Photo Courtesy of GMCC

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Those Minnesotans who have resolved to do what they can to make the world a better place in 2014 are being encouraged to consider becoming mentors to young people. According to Gennea Falconer, director of Kinship of Greater Minneapolis, they currently have around 200 youths in o

IMAGE: This Sunday (12/1) is World AIDS Day. While infection rates have plateaued statewide and nationally, there are some indicators that could point to trouble ahead for Minnesota.

MINNEAPOLIS – This Sunday marks the observance of World AIDS Day and it comes at a time when there are rising concerns in Minnesota. David Kurtzon, program manager of Teenwise Minnesota, says the rate of new HIV cases has pretty much plateaued locally, but that could change as fewer young pe

PHOTO: Minnesota's teen birth rate is the lowest on record, but new concerns are emerging about less condom use and more STDs among teens. Photo credit: Mrs. Flinger.

ST PAUL, Minn. - The teen birth rate is down in Minnesota, but another important concern about adolescent sexual health is emerging. Jill Farris with Teenwise Minnesota said condom use by teens has plateaued nationwide - and statewide, it's actually on the decline. "A lot of other trends seem to be

PHOTO: The latest data show the teen birth rate in Minnesota is now at it's lowest point on record, with 19 births per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 19. Advocates say it's great news, but there's still much work to be done. CREDIT: Rachel Ferreira Photography

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The birth rate among teenage girls in Minnesota has now dropped to its lowest level on record. The rate fell by 14 percent from 2010 to 2011. Judith Kahn, executive director, Teenwise Minnesota, said while changes among the younger teens usually lead the trend, this time around the

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