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PNS Daily Newscast - April 16, 2021 


Florida's Republican lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to pass the so-called "anti-riot" bill; disturbing police camera video of the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old in Chicago.


2021Talks - April 15, 2021 


With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Senate takes up anti-Asian American hate crimes legislation, and President Biden officially announces a full military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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State education officials say the number of special education students in Minnesota gradually has increased over the years. The number now stands at roughly 150,000. (Adobe Stock)

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GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- Teachers across Minnesota, including special education teachers, are overcoming obstacles to carry out distance learning during the global health crisis. But longstanding federal funding shortages present challenges for the current situation, as well as the future, educators

A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation says most older adults find prescription drug costs unreasonable. (Ladyheart/Morguefile)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The rising cost of prescription drugs continues to grab the attention of lawmakers and advocacy groups. AARP Minnesota says some of its members are being forced to choose between buying life-saving drugs or buying food, and they hope an upcoming forum will produce solutions

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nationís largest grassroots mental health advocacy organization. The Minnesota chapter is 40 years old. (Chuck Taylor/Flickr)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Social workers, teachers, parents and family members from across the state will come together this weekend in a daylong effort to understand and treat mental illness. The annual conference of Minnesota's National Alliance for Mental Illness is Saturday at the RiverCentre in St.

Advocates for Minnesota's aging population and health care groups are urging House lawmakers to pass a paid family medical leave bill that has already sailed through the Senate. (iStockphoto)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Just days after rallying at the State Capitol, caregivers continue their push to urge Minnesota lawmakers to approve paid family medical leave. The Democrat-controlled Senate has passed a bill to do just that, so caregivers say they're now focusing on House lawmakers as the

As Minnesota faces a community care staffing shortage, advocacy groups say a state pay raise could help attract more workers to the field. (iStockphoto)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – With a serious workforce shortage expected to worsen, home care providers are pushing state lawmakers to increase pay for tens of thousands of Minnesota caregivers. The home care providers say a 5 percent pay boost for caregivers, many of whom make just above minimum wage,

Some Minnesota health care advocates are trying to remove the social stigmas surrounding mental illness through educational events as part of May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. (iStockphoto)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Mental illness may be affecting more Minnesotans than you think, as health professionals say about 224,000 people receive mental health services in the state. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it's being used as a time to remember that those who are seeking treatment

AARP Minnesota says hundreds of Minnesotans are backing a push for hospitals to provide more training for caregivers when a loved one is released from the hospital. (iStockphoto)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – A bill to provide family caregivers with extra training is earning some renewed support after it was left pending in the Minnesota House last year. According to AARP Minnesota, more than 500 people have signed letters urging House members to pass what's being called the CAR

A group of Minnesota religious leaders are supporting moves to lessen mandatory sentencing for low-level drug offenses. (iStockphoto)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota's prison population continues to grow, a group of religious leaders are speaking out in support of plans to lighten the state's drug sentencing laws. The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission is holding a public meeting this afternoon to weigh the pros and cons

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