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STUDY RELEASED FOR LOWERING DRUG PRICES
February 21, 2020, 8:24 am

After nearly one year of public study and deliberation, Minnesota Attorney General Ellison’s Advisory Task Force on Lowering Pharmaceutical Drugs Prices has released a report and 14 recommendations for lowering prescription drug prices…



SOLAR JOB REPORT SHOWS MINNESOTA FALLING BACK
February 21, 2020, 8:24 am

Minnesota saw a dip last year in its number of solar-industry jobs. After seeing gains in 2017 and 2018, Minnesota experienced a nearly 6 percent decline in solar job growth last year. The drop runs counter to growth at the national level. Ed Gilliland with The Minnesota Solar Foundation says there’s still optimism surrounding Minnesota’s solar output and its potential for more jobs, and there’s no reason to think job growth will not rebound….

Minnesota employs more than 43-hundred people in the solar industry.



WAVE OF FATAL FARM ACCIDENTS CAUSES MINNESOTA OFFICIALS TO ISSUE WARNING
February 20, 2020, 10:01 am

Minnesota officials are calling attention to a recent wave of fatal farm incidents – and they’re urging farmers to take safety precautions when working in grain bins. Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap says many farmers are desperate to salvage their crops following a rough year weather-wise…

As a result, he says, a farmer might jump in to remove the clump – and can become trapped if they’re working alone or not using the proper safety equipment. The state says ten people have died in farming-related accidents in Minnesota since last June.



FIREFIGHTERS IN LINE FOR ADDITIONAL SUPPORT WHEN FIGHTING HEALTH ISSUES
February 20, 2020, 10:01 am

In the State Capitol, legislation that would deliver additional support for Minnesota firefighters who face higher rates of cancer, cardiac issues and trauma… the Hometown Heroes Act, received a public hearing. Rep. Cheryl Youakim (YOU-ah-keem)…

The bipartisan legislation establises one-time lump-sum “Critical Care” grants for all Minnesota firefighters diagnosed with cancer or cardiac issues, guaranteeing $30,000 per diagnosis.

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LETTER TO GOV OPPOSING PIPELINE
February 19, 2020, 10:09 am

A Minnesota interfaith group plans to deliver a letter today to Gov. Tim Walz’s office bearing the names of religious officials who oppose the Line 3 oil pipeline project. Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light said it collected approximately 570 signatures for the letter. Signatures from California, Arkansas, Wyoming and other states also appear on the letter. The proposed route for the new pipeline would cut between the White Earht and Leech Lake reservations.



CENSUS JOBS AVAILABLE IN MINNESOTA
February 18, 2020, 11:09 am

The U.S. Census Bureau says it hopes to hire 500-thousand people to ensure a complete count of residents across the country. But hiring is still lagging in some areas, including Minnesota. Jennifer Baier is the census lead for AARP. She says these jobs are great for seniors…

Here in Minnesota, the pay range for census takers is between 17 and 24 dollars an hour. According to census hiring data issued this month, nearly 20 Minnesota counties are only at the halfway stage of meeting their recruitment goals.



HOUSING SPOTLIGHTED
February 18, 2020, 11:09 am

Elected officials and social-service groups are pledging to make affordable housing a priority in Minnesota. The Metropolitan Council estimates that roughly 250-thousand households in the Twin Cities for instance, are strapped, trying to find affordable places to live. The Council’s Tara Beard says it looks like the region will struggle to meet that need….

Beard says a lot of people are also choosing to rent, leaving stiff competition between high-income renters and those with lower incomes.



Minnesota Meth Problem
February 14, 2020, 7:15 am

Minnesota is seeing an increase in meth activity. While the opioid crisis has commanded most of the attention, in states such as Minnesota, authorities also are having to combat the demand for meth. Marnie Werner is with the Center for Rural Policy and Development, and says the problem is being felt in rural areas….

Werner says unlike meth in the past, when homemade labs drove the market, suppliers from Mexico are funneling the drug here.



February is National Heart Month
February 14, 2020, 7:15 am

February is National Heart Month. The American Heart Association of Minnesota is raising awareness about children born with heart defects, and the challenges their families go through in trying to allow their child to live a full life. Emily Swanson is the communications director for the American Heart Association of Minnesota….

The association says nationally, 1 in 100 births result in a congenital heart defect. Minnesota officials say each year, roughly 650 babies are born with one.



TRUMP PROPOSES BIG FISCAL WINDFALL FOR INDIAN AFFAIRS
February 13, 2020, 9:08 am

President Trump is proposing a $1.9 billion Fiscal Year 2021 budget for Indian Affairs. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt said the President is committed to the mission of conservation and creating more public access for Americans to fully enjoy our national treasures and landscapes. The President’s request strengthens tribal communities through strategic investments in public safety, energy and broadband development, while implementing management efficiencies to improve Indian Affairs’ operations.



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