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PNS Daily News - June 27, 2017 


The GOP health plan would reportedly leave 22 million uninsured; part of the president’s travel ban unblocked; and the Feds agree to investigate ways to protect an endangered wild cat. Those stories and more coming up.

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Public News Service - MN: Poverty Issues

Two separate utility hikes could kick in in the near future. (energy gov)

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota families could pay a lot more for utilities if two separate rate hikes are implemented. A request by Minnesota Power is currently going through the public utilities process, and would raise bills for the average consumer by more than 6 percent - which equals about $

Retirees in Minnesota pay taxes on the Social Security benefits they receive. Only a dozen other states tax these benefits. (Virginia Carter)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With a budget deadline looming, Gov. Mark Dayton and state legislative leaders are still working on the framework of an agreement. Sticking points include how much of Minnesota's budget surplus will go to tax cuts, and which specific tax cuts will be included in the final p

Lawmakers in Minnesota are debating funding for early-childhood education programs. (Sierra Neely)

ROSEVILLE, Minn. -- A new in-depth look at children’s access to programs - part of Minnesota's new Early-Childhood Longitudinal Data System - finds that children of color, Native Americans and lower-income children are more likely than their wealthier, white peers to be enrolled in at least on

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

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