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PNS Daily News - August 23, 2017 


Chaos expected as the President visits Nevada; New York teachers speak out about standardized test scores; and Illinois lawmakers take on gender-based price discrepancies. Those stories and more in today’s rundown.

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Public News Service - MN: Urban Planning/Transportation

The I35W bridge over the Mississippi River collapsed Aug. 1, 2007, killing 13 people and injuring 145. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Ten years ago today, the I-35W bridge collapsed in Minneapolis. Today, the state Department of Transportation says bridges are in much better shape - in part because legislators recognized a dire need. MNDOT is in the final year of its $2.5 billion, 10-year program to inspe

Advocates are hoping lawmakers keep pedestrian and bicycle safety in mind when drafting a transportation plan. (Virginia Carter)

St. Paul, MN - Advocates are pressing lawmakers to keep the health benefits residents receive from biking to work, school and for recreation while debating transportation funding, saying active living is a critical component of improving health outcomes and reducing chronic diseases. Comments from D

Minnesota's share in a settlement with Volkswagen is $47 million. (Virginia Carter)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Advocates say lawmakers in Minnesota may be jeopardizing nearly a half billion dollars the state is set to receive in an environmental settlement. Volkswagen lost a court battle that revealed it violated the Clean Air Act over so-called "cheater vehicles" that had software

Walking or biking to school each day can help children fight obesity, but fewer than 13 percent of Minnesota kids do. (walkmn.org)

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Minnesota winters can be brutal, and it's sometimes hard to get people motivated to get outside, but it's important to make sure folks keep moving, even when it's cold out. That's the idea behind "Winter Walk and Bike to School Day." In 1969, about half the state's childre

A new report says to prevent accidents, street designers need to keep pedestrians in mind. (fhwa.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – On average, 13 people are killed every day from being hit by a vehicle, and older adults and people of color are most often the victims. A new report, "Dangerous By Design," takes a look at pedestrian deaths by city and state. It found between 2005 and 2014, more than 4,600 p

Wednesday is Walk to School Day across Minnesota. The idea is to keep kids moving, so they can stay healthy. (il.gov)

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – Wednesday is Walk to School Day, and more than 200 schools and thousands of kids across Minnesota are participating. The state and the nation have obesity problems, and Tara Besch, a health educator for Koochiching County, said the annual event is a great way to en

Using a new report, Minnesota transit experts are exploring ways to help close transit challenges for low-income families through new rule changes. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- New research shows families who rely on trains and buses in the Twin Cities face challenges traveling with young children and accessing child care facilities, but some family-friendly changes could be coming to one of Minnesota's largest public transit networks. The "Transit-Ac

Maple Grove is the latest Minnesota town researching ways to make

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — As the number of people age 50 and older living in Minnesota continues to rise, some towns are trying to stay ahead of potential issues - and make sure aging residents feel welcome. The City of Maple Grove was recently designated an Age-Friendly Community by AARP - the t

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