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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - MN: Poverty Issues

About 2,000 families are on a waiting list to get into Minnesota's Child Care Assistance Program. (Shanna Trim/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota's low-income families get more help paying for child care starting Monday. New provisions in the Child Care Assistance program say families can enroll for a year instead of six months at a time and that parents can go to school and still qualify for child care ass

The death toll in Puerto Rico is still rising in the wake of flooding from Hurricane Maria, and Minnesotans are finding ways to help. (Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A jam session this week in St. Paul will raise money to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, which hit almost a month ago. The death toll still is climbing and most of the island still is desperate for safe drinking water. Musician Maria Isa Pérez

By 2035, children will outnumber Minnesotans over age 65. (Photo courtesy Children's Defense Fund - MN.)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Once a year, the Children's Defense Fund releases a slew of data that show how well children are doing in Minnesota. That report comes out today and it shows the Minnesota population getting older and more ethnically diverse. A key finding, says the Children's Defense Fund

Farmers markets will have fresh produce through October, according to the Minnesota Farmers Market Association.  (Patric Kuhl/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – After a cold, wet summer and a September that was all over the place, Minnesota farmers are bringing plenty of produce to market in October. This is good news especially for lower-income Minnesotans who are doubling their federal food assistance money with a state program cal

More schools are using locally grown food. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

MINNEAPOLIS – October is national Farm-to-School Month. Policymakers in Minnesota have been building the relationship between farmers and K-12 students for about 10 years, and it's paying off. Erin McKee, farm-to-institution director for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, says a

Augsburg is an anchor institution that has developed robust partnerships with the surrounding community. (Ed Kohler/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota's hospitals, colleges and other major institutions do a lot to help the cities where they're based. But a new report says they could do more by working together. They're often called "anchor institutions," and the report from the Funders Network featured examples

A St. Paul event, CodeSwitch, is part of the National Day of Civic Hacking on Saturday. (Matylda/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A hackathon this weekend aims to use computer code and real-life experience to solve pressing social problems. The two-day event in Saint Paul is part of the National Day for Civic Hacking, a four-year-old federal initiative to encourage community activists to harness the pow

Colleen Moriarty of Hunger Solutions says in the last couple of years, more Minnesotans lean on food shelves toward the end of the month. (Michael Swan/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – U.S. Census data released Thursday had mostly good news for Minnesota, as it continues to recover from the recession. Median income is up, as is the proportion of Minnesotans with health insurance, and the overall poverty rate is down. One pocket of bad news is the poverty

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