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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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PHOTO: Legislation to help support the 670,000 unpaid family caregivers in Minnesota is among the bills that will be considered when lawmakers reconvene in January. Photo credit: Henry Rabinowitz.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the number of Minnesotans who are family caregivers continues to increase, also growing is the complexity of the medical tasks they're doing and that's something Minnesota lawmakers are being asked to address. When the Legislature convenes in 2015, they'll consider what's called

PHOTO: The number of Minnesotans age 65 or over is expected to double by 2030, and research shows the risks of an auto accident among senior-citizen drivers can be higher than with other age groups. Photo credit: Denis Dervisevic/Flickr.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - With Minnesota's aging population, it's a question facing a growing number of drivers and families across the state: When is it time to finally hang up the car keys? There is no hard and fast rule on when a person should park it for good, but as eyesight, hearing, memory and refle

PHOTO: James Brady became a leading figure in efforts to reduce gun violence after he was shot in the head in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. Photo credit: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesotans are remembering James Brady, the former White House press secretary who became a key figure in the fight for gun violence prevention in the U.S. Brady died Monday at the age of 73. Despite being critically wounded in the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan

PHOTO: It's a victory for Dave and Barb Kampa and for many of Minnesota's correctional employees, as a new law begins today, requiring ongoing affordable health care for those permanently disabled because of an assault on the job. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Association of Professional Employees.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's one of the rarest of feats -- a bill that wins unanimous approval in the Legislature. One that did officially takes effect today, providing some needed protection for many of Minnesota's correctional employees. The law requires ongoing affordable health care for those rendere

PHOTO: A new budget forecast has Minnesota looking at a $1.08-billion surplus for this two-year-budget cycle. Photo credit: Fibonacci Blue

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – After struggling with massive budget deficits for what seems like years on end, it appears the state has regained its financial footing. Minnesota Management and Budget has released its latest forecast and Commissioner Jim Schowalter says higher revenues and lower spending

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The number of hospital patients being termed under observation is up dramatically, a trend that's catching many senior citizens off guard – and leaving them with hefty medical bills. Mary Jo George, associate state director of advocacy with AARP Minnesota, says for cov

PHOTO: Minnesota's 380,000 military veterans are being honored on this Veterans Day, but making sure vets in the state have the support they need is happening every week of the year. Photo credit: Cliff 1066

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Many veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq are finding the move back into civilian life can present barriers, but there is help and it's year-round, not just on Veterans Day. According to Barb O'Reilly, director of women veterans and employment programs at the Minnesota De

PHOTO: A stimulus program that provided more funding for food stamps has now ended. Courtesy Hunger Solutions Minnesota.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The month of November has arrived in Minnesota, and along with it, an automatic reduction in funding for many families in the state who struggle to put food on the table. During the recession, there was a temporary increase in SNAP or food stamp benefits, but Colleen Moriarty, exec

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