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PNS Daily Newscast - April 27, 2017 


On today’s nationwide rundown; President Trump reveals an outline for tax reform; we take a look at the cost to consumers on the latest version of the GOP’s American Health Care Act; and why the food industry wants to put nutrition information on the back burner.

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Public News Service - MN: Poverty Issues

Grocery stores and supermarkets are disappearing from some neighborhoods in Minnesota. (Virginia Carter)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – About 340,000 Minnesotans don't have access to healthy food on a regular basis because of either distance or income barriers, and about a quarter of a million live more than 10 miles from a large grocery store or supermarket. A recent poll commissioned by the Center for Pre

President Donald Trump says a

ST. PAUL, Minn. – President Donald Trump's call to increase military spending by $54 billion likely means cuts will be made to some politically-sensitive programs, from education and the environment, to science and fighting poverty. Trump first announced his plans Monday to the National Govern

One in four children in Minnesota lacks access to healthy food, simply because he or she lives in areas where grocery shopping choices are limited. (Virginia Carter)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition last year pushed legislation to address so-called food deserts in rural and urban areas, and now a bill to fund such legislation is being introduced at the State Capitol Thursday. The Good Food Access Fund would provide loans, grant

Minnesota's population is aging, particularly in rural areas, where many seniors don't have easy access to grocery stores. (Hungersolutions.org)

MINNEAPOLIS – Hunger-fighting advocates will continue their work in 2017 to help those who don't have enough to eat. Some food shelves in Minnesota have gone mobile to get to people who have transportation issues or live in rural areas and don't have easy access to grocery stores. Angela Nis

Marchers carry signs with the names of those who have died homeless in Minneapolis. (Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless)

MINNEAPOLIS - At any given time, 9,300 people in Minnesota are homeless. On Thursday night, a vigil and march were held in Minneapolis to recognize those who have lost their lives on the streets, and two more events are planned between now and Christmas. Marchers carry signs with the names of the d

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

AARP's Jo Ann Jenkins says her book is for anyone who wants to live a life of possibility, connection and growth. (aarp.org)

MINNEAPOLIS – Life expectancy in the United States is now 78.8 years, much higher than when the Social Security program began in 1935. At that time life expectancy was around 67 years old, and people were expected to retire at 62. AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins says that means Americans need to r

A survey last year in Minnesota found that more than 9,300 people are considered homeless, and many are families and the elderly. (Veronica Carter)

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Hundreds of people who work to make sure every Minnesotan has a safe, affordable place to call home came together this week in Rochester. The "Facing Forward Together” conference, sponsored by the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, wraps up Thursday. According to

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