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PNS Daily News - March 29, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making news today: Trump follows through on promises to dismantle climate policies; the head of the White House-Russia investigation says he won’t step down; and coast-to-coast opposition grows to Session’s sanctuary cities stance.

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Public News Service - MN: Consumer 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

Under the Farm to School program children learn early about good nutrition. (iatp.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A coalition of public health groups, farmers' organizations, school nutrition advocates and businesses has launched a campaign to pass a statewide Farm to School bill in Minnesota. The legislation (HF 2049 and SF 1657) would reimburse schools for their farm to school progra

Minnesota would be the sixth state in the U.S. with permanent paid parental leave if state lawmakers decide to approve it. (mn.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota lawmakers are being urged to hear two bills that resulted from an agreement between state employees and Gov. Mark Dayton, to allow six weeks of paid leave for both parents after the birth or adoption of a child. Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAP

Minnesota has a budget surplus, and what should be done with that money is under the microscope. (mn.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota lawmakers are being asked to keep working families in mind when they consider what to do with a $1.65 billion state budget surplus. Public employee union officials are asking that the Legislature focus investment on economic security for the people who live in the

A coalition in Minnesota is urging federal lawmakers to consider patients when they make changes to the Affordable Care Act. (cancer.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota's leading patient-advocacy groups have a message for Congress: keep people covered. They say any changes to the Affordable Care Act must maintain critical patient protections, and make sure health insurance is adequate and affordable. If the ACA is repealed or rep

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

Women between ages 40 and 60 are most vulnerable to romance scams. (gettyimages)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- February is traditionally prime time for romance, but it's also a time when internet scammers are out looking for victims. Experts advise Minnesotans to proceed with caution before they let their hearts - and their finances - get tangled up in a romantic scheme. Special Agent Ga

Rural farmers want their voices heard about immigration and changes to trade policies. (state.mn.us)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Agriculture and trade groups are voicing their concerns over President Donald Trump's stance on immigration and his threats to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump's calls to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and possibly institute a tax on Me

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