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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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Public News Service - MN: Civic Engagement

An estimated 100,000 demonstrators showed up at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Jan. 21, 2017. (Dan Luke)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – President Donald Trump was inaugurated Jan. 20, 2017. More than 100,000 Minnesotans remember Jan. 21, 2017 as the day they marched for women's rights. Most rallied at the State Capitol, but there were protests in Greater Minnesota, too. Demonstrations this weekend will

The groups ISAIAH and Faith in Minnesota want to engage more people of color in 2018 statewide political campaigns. (Brian Fullman)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The day before the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the perfect time to get organized for the upcoming political season, according to the nonprofit groups ISAIAH and Faith in Minnesota. ISAIAH community organizer Brian Fullman says the goal is to get people mo

PolyMet Mining says its NorthMet mine would be dug 700 feet below ground, which critics say also poses potential threats to water quality. (PolyMet)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – What could be the final public comment period is open on a proposal for PolyMet to mine copper, nickel and other precious metals in Hoyt Lakes. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources issued a draft permit on Friday that details conditions under which the mine would o

Adocates for seniors are worried about a possible $25 billion cut to Medicare if the tax bill passes. (Phalinn Ooi/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The final version of the Republican tax bill that Congress is expected to decide next week may mean a $25 billion cut to Medicare in 2018 alone. That's because at the end of each calendar year, the Office of Management and Budget must cut spending programs to offset any inc

Internet service providers such as Comcast and Verizon use servers like these to convey bits of data from content providers to consumers. (Edgar Oliver/Pixabay)

MINNEAPOLIS – The Federal Communications Commission says it will vote Dec. 14 to repeal net neutrality. Critics say that decision would enrich giant telecommunications companies and put them in charge of what people see, and don't see, on the Internet. That's because net neutrality treats

The new accessible playground at the Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley grade school, funded in part by GiveMN donors, features a wood-chip play surface and interactive equipment. (School District 2888)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – This Thursday is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota. It's the day more than 6,000 Minnesota nonprofit groups stand to gain millions of dollars in donations, thanks to the organization known as GiveMN.org. Its executive director, Jake Blumberg, says the GiveMN website makes

The Climate Generation delegation poses with Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith before departing for the U.N. Climate Change conference in Bonn. (Climate Generation)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Several Minnesotans are among 25,000 delegates from all over the world seeking global solutions to climate change. The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties, or COP 23, is meeting this week and next in Bonn, Germany, to compare progress on reducing carbon emissions.

Union workers at a 2011 Minneapolis rally. AFSCME Council 5 represents 43,000 Minnesota public-sector employees. (Fibonacci Blue/Flickr)

DULUTH, Minn. -- All six Democratic Farmer Labor party candidates for governor will make their case Friday during a forum at the annual AFSCME convention in Duluth. The candidates are Chris Coleman, Tina Liebling, Erin Murphy, Rebecca Otto, Paul Thissen and Tim Walz. AFSCME Council Five's public a

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