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File Photo: Al Franken thinks hard Tuesday while answering a quiz question at the University of Minnesota booth at FarmFest. He later debated U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, whom he hopes to replace. (Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau)

Column: Let's extend protections in Violence Against Women Act

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WASHINGTON -- Nobody should have to choose between safety and shelter. Yet 48 percent of homeless women in Minnesota have previously stayed in abusive situations because they did not have safehousing options available to them. Twenty-nine percent of homeless adult women in Minnesota are fleeing domestic violence, and more than half of those women are living with children.

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