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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


2021Talks - February 26, 2021 


A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

Public News Service - MN: Housing/Homelessness

Each year, nearly 30,000 families get help from the Minnesota Family Investment Program, which provides payments to households with children to help cover basic expenses. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - As talks ramp up on another federal COVID-relief package, Minnesota groups point out that some families in poverty are still falling through the cracks - and they want to see a state-level stimulus payment for them. Many levels of government have responded to the pandemic crisis

In Minnesota, an estimated 15% of mortgages are backed by the Federal Housing Administration, and might be eligible for a program to help avoid foreclosure. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Since the pandemic began, many state and federal policies have been enacted to prevent renters from being evicted. But there's also an initiative for struggling homeowners with certain types of mortgages to avoid foreclosure. The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced the fe

In addition to helping with heating bills, Minnesota offers a program for low-income residents that provides assistance with weatherizing their homes to save on energy costs. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- New COVID-19 stimulus packages are still being hashed out at both the state and federal level. But for immediate help, a longstanding program serves as a lifeline for Minnesotans who've seen their income reduced by the crisis and can't afford heating bills. This fall, the state

Developers have added many senior living facilities across Minnesota, but state leaders and senior advocates say communities need to address a variety of issues to make cities more

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota is projected to see a larger population of older adults in the next decade. To coincide with that growth, state leaders and senior advocates are working to make communities around the region more "age-friendly." By 2030, according to the state demographer, more than one

Minnesota's state budget and economy have taken a hit in the pandemic crisis, but a new public-works program could help jump-start economic activity. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite the early arrival of snowy weather in Minnesota, supporters of public-works projects are looking forward to groundbreakings and other facets of a new statewide bonding bill. They say it will provide job relief and protections as the pandemic continues. The Legislature approve

A new Census Bureau report says 143,000 Minnesota children are living in poverty. Nationwide, the number is 10.5 million. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Newly released figures show Minnesota's overall childhood poverty rate declined last year. But the Census Bureau report indicates longstanding issues remain - and they'll likely worsen because of the pandemic. The report says Minnesota's childhood poverty rate continued a downward t

State officials say they anticipate Minnesota residents in need of new emergency housing assistance will be able to begin applying within the next month. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesotans struggling financially during the pandemic will see some more relief in trying to make their housing payments. The governor has announced a new round of assistance, and a key group hopes more long-term fixes are approved. Earlier this week, Gov. Tim Walz said that $10

The Minnesota Housing Partnership estimates that 85,000 residents living in affordable rental units could be displaced as a result of the economic downturn. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota lawmakers are being asked to approve $100 million in emergency funding for people who can't pay their rent during the pandemic. The demand comes from a host of housing groups. They say despite the federal stimulus package and a separate relief plan approved by the Minne

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