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Updated PNS Daily Newscast - September, 22 2017 


The news we're following on today's rundown: Facebook turns over Russia-linked ads to Congress; how Senate Republicans’ new health-care bill could hurt the fight against the opioid epidemic; and Texas food banks prepare to serve the long-term needs of Harvey victims.

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Public News Service - MN: Community Issues and Volunteering

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 from

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

Jill Pavlak (right) worked in liquor stores and restaurants to learn how to run her own brewery with her wife, Deb Loch.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – AARP Minnesota and a civic engagement group called Pollen are honoring 50 Minnesotans over age 50. The award smashes the myth that older people are washed up. Instead, the honorees are doing groundbreaking work in their communities. They come from all over the state and f

Extreme drought in three states has caused a severe shortage of hay for ranchers and farmers. (Pixabay)

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- Drought stricken farmers and ranchers in three states have until August 31 to enter a lottery for badly needed hay. The hay is coming from Midwestern states that have had more rain than the Dakotas and Montana. Over the weekend, a Minnesota trucking company hauled 20 loads f

Most of the trash along the Great Lakes is the result of human activity, and the job is often left to volunteers to pick it up. (NOAA)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Conservation groups are hoping the momentum from Earth Day continues into the rest of the year. Around the country this weekend, people recycled, planted trees, and picked up litter – and some spent the day cleaning up beaches. Stephanie Smith, vice president of ope

Growing numbers of churches in Minnesota have pledged to provide sanctuary for immigrants if the Trump administration steps up deportations. (isiahmn.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Churches across Minnesota are continuing to pledge their support for immigrants who may face deportation under the Trump administration. Pastor Grant Stevensen said since the November election, churches have been signing on as sanctuaries for those seeking refuge in case of mass

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

The Arts Center of St. Peter teaches art to people who are patients at a psychiatric hospital. (Arts Center of St. Peter)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Some of Minnesota's human-service groups and agencies have received a holiday present of sorts. This month, seven have been selected to receive the 2016 Commissioner's Circle of Excellence Awards from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Emily Piper, state commissioner of h

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