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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2018 


While school shooting survivors demand stricter gun control measures some teachers are talking about their own walkout; Republicans vow to keep fighting the new district map in Pennsylvania; and from the West Coast - a health care group slams Trump's "skinny" insurance plans.

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Public News Service - MN: Civil Rights

A mural in Memphis depicts the sanitation workers' strike 50 years ago. (Xzelenz/Wikimedia)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – This year marks the 50th anniversary of death of the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. And the union that represents thousands of public sector employees in Minnesota is reminding America that workers died for the cause that year too. AFSCME on Thursday is

Between 2008 and 2016, Minnesota's crime rate dropped 24 percent while the incarceration rate rose 1 percent. (Dave Nakayama/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new study from The Pew Charitable Trusts found that incarceration rates fell across the nation from their record high 10 years ago. Crime rates also fell, but in Minnesota, while the crime rate has dropped, too, the incarceration rate has risen slightly. Kelly Mitchell

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

As many as 5,000 people from El Salvador living in Minnesota may have their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as legal immigrants revoked. (Pexels)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Immigration lawyers in Minnesota have been fielding anxious calls from dozens of Salvadorans, many of whom have U.S. citizen children. That's because the Trump administration revoked their temporary protected immigration status - or TPS - which was granted after a devastating ea

Supporters of same sex marriage rallied in St. Paul in July 2010. (Fibonacci Blue/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A federal district court already has ruled that a Minnesota filmmaker may not violate the state's human rights law by refusing to film gay weddings. Carl and Angel Larsen, who own Telescope Media in St. Cloud, have argued in court that a state law barring discrimination vio

Freeborn, Ramsey, Nobles, Sherburne and Carver counties house detainees from five states: Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa and Nebraska.(Joe Mabel/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Human-rights advocates in Minnesota are responding angrily to a notice saying St. Paul is on the list of Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices where the agency is looking to expand detention space. Lawyers who work with undocumented immigrants say they already are ove

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 51.7 percent of Minnesotans got a flu vaccine last year. (Nat'l. Institutes of Health)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – For the first time, Essentia Health, which has 44 clinics in Minnesota, is requiring its employees, vendors and volunteers to get flu shots or lose their jobs. The United Steel Workers union represents 2,000 of those workers, and said the policy would be a violation of thei

People in Minneapolis also rallied against Trump immigration policies in November 2016. (Fibonacci Blue/Wikimedia Commons)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Thousands of young Minnesotans are wondering what it will mean if, as expected, President Donald Trump announces his intention today to end DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA is the Obama-era program that gives temporary legal status to law-abiding studen

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