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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2017 


Today on the rundown: the Senate GOP releases a draft of their health-care bill; Tropical Storm Cindy is bringing heavy rainfall to the South; and could Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “tough on drugs” approach fuel mass incarceration?

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Minnesota has the highest number of children living in areas where there aren't enough child care centers, a new study shows. (Mike Baca)

MINNEAPOLIS – A new study shows Minnesota has the highest rate of so-called child care deserts in the country. The Center for American Progress looked at statistics from eight states to compare the number of children under age five to the number of child care facilities. Report author Rash

Activists, lawmakers and civil rights groups are calling for policy changes in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The fatal police shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop near St. Paul has sparked outrage from community activists and some state lawmakers. Protests were held outside the Minnesota Governor's Residence today over a traffic stop gone wrong in which the 32-year-old blac

One of Minnesota's largest employee unions does not want lawmakers to reopen a for-profit prison in the state. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - State lawmakers today may consider reopening a controversial Minnesota for-profit prison, in a move that some critics are calling "immoral." A state Senate committee is expected to look over a lease proposal to reopen the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton. Eliot Seide, exe

New numbers predict the shortage of affordable housing options for Minnesota seniors will continue to grow. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – New research shows Minnesota could soon see a significant boost in the demand for affordable senior housing. By 2020, the state will – for the first time – be home to more people ages 65 or older than those ages five to 17, according to a new report. But advocat

A bipartisan group is targeting Minnesota for more criminal justice reforms in 2016. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A bipartisan criminal justice reform group is looking to expand its reach in several states this year, including Minnesota. The North Star State's prisons already are overcrowded by about 500 inmates and that problem is expected to grow over the next six years. Jenna Moll is depu

A group of Minnesota religious leaders are supporting moves to lessen mandatory sentencing for low-level drug offenses. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota's prison population continues to grow, a group of religious leaders are speaking out in support of plans to lighten the state's drug sentencing laws. The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission is holding a public meeting this afternoon to weigh the pros and cons

The ACLU in Minnesota and 10 other states has a new phone app to securely record and store their interactions with police. Credit: DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. - After several phone videos of the police killings of unarmed black men and other misconduct have gone viral over the past two years, a civil rights group is rolling out a phone recording app today in 11 states including Minnesota. According to the ACLU, its Mobile Justice App will

Critics say the state should not turn to the owner of an empty private prison in Swift County to reduce inmate overcrowding, because the corporation has a record full of

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Reopening a private prison in Appleton would be a terrible solution to inmate overcrowding, according to Minnesota labor and community groups. The state's prisons are overflowing, and Swift County officials want a legislative task force to reconsider an empty private prison

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