PNS Weekend Newscast - August 19th, 2017 

Here's what we're covering: President Trump got rid of his campaign adviser, health experts are looking into who would be hurt most from climate change, and kids in one state are getting more help dealing with trauma.

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Public News Service - MN: LGBTQIA Issues

Minnesota has new guidelines that aim to help gender-diverse and transgender students. (Brett Levin/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the new school year approaches, schools and students are trying to make sense of the new transgender toolkit released last week by the Minnesota Department of Education. The guidelines have drawn fire from opponents who claim they threaten parental rights and student privacy, wh

Students have organized a walkout on the University of Minnesota campus to show their concerns about new President Trump's agenda. (

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota students are walking out of class today in protest of the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. president. The walkouts are happening at the University of Minnesota and Augsburg College as part of a citywide call to action by the "Resist from Day One Coalition." Graduate

MAPE has served as an integral partner with the state in the creation of a policy aimed at reducing bullying in the workplace. Credit: Wavebreakmedia

ST. PAUL, Minn. - This is National Bullying Prevention Month, and in Minnesota that doesn't just mean action when it comes to reducing the prevalence in schools. Earlier this year, Minnesota released a new Respectful Workplace Policy for state workers with input from such groups as the Minnesota As

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: The state Senate passed the bill legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota on Monday and Gov. Mark Dayton will make if official at a ceremony at the state Capitol this afternoon. CREDIT: Carlos Melia

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota will be the 12th state in the union to legalize same-sex marriage. Governor Mark Dayton is expected to sign the law at a ceremony this afternoon at the State Capitol, after the Senate approved it by a vote of 37 to 30 on Monday. The sponsor was Senator Scott Dibble, who

PHOTO: Last fall, Minnesotans rejected a proposed state constitution ban on gay marriage. Now, just six months later, the state is close to making same sex marriage legal. The House will take up the marriage equity bill today and if passed, the Senate will vote on Monday. CREDIT: Fibonacci Blue

ST. PAUL, Minn. - An historic vote at the State Capitol today, as the Minnesota House approved a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. The state Senate will take up the marriage equality bill on Monday. Governor Mark Dayton has indicated he would sign the legislation It is an issue that has d

PHOTO: Minnesotans will vote on two amendments to the state constitution next week.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As Minnesotans head to the polls next week to decide whether to require citizens to produce photo identification to vote, nearby North Dakota has erected very few hurdles to casting a ballot. In fact, its deputy secretary of state, Jim Silrum, says North Dakota voters don't

PHOTO: Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says Minnesota is regularly the top state in the country when it comes to voter turnout. Courtesy Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - When voters across the U.S. head to the polls one week from today, Minnesota is expected to be one of the top states for turnout. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says Minnesota averages 78 percent of eligible voters getting out to vote in presidential election years. "And I think

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