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PNS Daily Newscast - April 19, 2018 


A contentious Farm Bill heads to U.S. House for debate. Also on our rundown: gaps cited in protections for small-business employees and nonprofit volunteers; plus some warning signs, that increased youth activism may not correspond to voter turnout.

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Public News Service - MN: Family/Father Issues

Hundreds of thousands turned out in Minnesota for 2016 precinct caucuses. The state moves to a presidential primary in 2020. (Jeremy Noble/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Tuesday night, 30,000 Minnesotans went to precinct caucuses. That's just 1 percent of the roughly 3 million who voted in 2016. So are caucuses good or bad for democracy? Hamline University political science professor David Schultz said it's complicated: Caucuses give nei

The annual Memorial March for the Homeless draws hundreds every December. (Simpson Housing Services)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Hundreds of marchers will take to the streets in Minneapolis Thursday evening to remember people who died from lack of housing. It's the 33rd annual Homeless Memorial March. Kirsten Rokke with the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless said the first march took place in 1984, when

There are about 10,000 licensed child-care providers in Minnesota. (Tyler Hoff/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota is first in the nation to use a new online tool that's designed to help both child-care providers and parents understand more about who and what is available for licensed child-care. Angie Bowman is the data programs manager for Child Care Aware of Minnesota, she

The 2016 Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College considered disparities in the global economy; this year, the focus is reproductive technology.  (Gustavus Adolphus College)

ST. PETER, Minn. – For 53 years, the Nobel Conference has brought leading thinkers to the Gustavus Adolphus College campus in St. Peter. Starting on Tuesday, this year's conference theme is advances in reproductive technology, including male birth control and fetal gene transplants. Confer

There are about 18,000 day-care centers and 9,000 in-home child-care providers in Minnesota. (Grant Barrett/Creative Commons)<br />

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Tens of thousands of Minnesota children and their families stand to benefit from new federal requirements for child-care providers. There is new training in 11 specific areas for providers in the Child Care Assistance Program, from dispensing medicine to emergency preparedness. Co

Advocates hope GOP lawmakers think about who will be impacted before making another attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act. (Victoria Jordan)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Many people who would be hit hardest by cuts to Medicaid worry that their children will suffer if the Affordable Care Act is repealed as promised by President Donald Trump and Republican Party lawmakers, even though that plan failed last week. Lisa Hoffman Wojcik, developme

Republicans still are crafting a plan to end President Barack Obama's landmark health care bill. (whitehouse.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Families, workers, nurses and people of faith are asking Minnesota legislators what they are doing to protect and expand health care. The Select Committee on Health Care Consumer Access and Affordability has been discussing hardships state residents would face under health

More of Minnesota's children have access to fresh produce as a result of the Market Bucks program. (Jesse Davis)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's the time of year when local farmers are busy selling fresh fruits and vegetables they've worked hard to grow, and hunger-fighting advocates are hoping a state-funded program will help lower-income Minnesotans purchase that produce. When SNAP recipients buy at farmers markets

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