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UAW strike continues: Officials say EPA standards must catch up; Mississippians urged to register to vote ahead of the Nov. 7 general election; NYers worry about impacts of government shutdown.

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Senate leaders advance a plan to avoid a government shutdown, an elections official argues AI could be a threat to democracy and voting rights advocates look to states like Arizona to rally young Latino voters.

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A small fire department in rural Indiana is determined not to fail new moms and babies, the growing election denial movement has caused voting districts to change procedures and autumn promises spectacular scenery along America's rural byways.

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Agrivoltaics is defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the use of land for both agriculture and solar-energy generation. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Growing veggies with a side of solar cuts emissions, boosts land access

The arrival of fall has farmers transitioning to the harvest season, but what if some gathered their crops with rows of solar panels right alongside …

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UAW members are asking for 36% raises in general pay over four years, as well as the return of pension plans for new workers. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

MN labor groups rally with auto workers

Thousands of U.S. auto workers remain on strike, and the walkout is being felt in Minnesota. A rally was scheduled this morning in the Twin Cities …

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Supporters of a federal Climate Corps see it as an opportunity to help underserved communities and address environmental racism by training more younger people to take on climate-related jobs. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Wanted: Younger workforce ready to learn about climate jobs

If states like Minnesota are going to meet their climate goals, experts say younger workers will need to step into the roles to make it happen - like …

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Health coverage aid groups and providers warn if you wait until the last minute and rush your enrollment for an insurance plan, you could end up in the wrong program or with benefits that do not suit your needs. (Adobe Stock)
Health Coverage 101: Early research, expert guidance keep pitfalls at bay

When it comes to open enrollment and navigating health insurance options, experts say starting your research sooner rather than later is the best …

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While Minnesota continues to see job growth in clean energy, trade groups warn if efforts are not accelerated to add more grid capacity, projects slated for development could be stalled or canceled, potentially cutting into job gains. (Adobe Stock)
MN Part of Nationwide Burst of Clean-Energy Jobs

Federal data show much of the U.S. is seeing job growth for the clean energy sector, and Minnesota is no exception, as new regional numbers confirm …

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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says last year's spike in the nation's child poverty rate is the largest increase for children dating back to 1967. (Adobe Stock)
Amid Nationwide Surge in Child Poverty, MN Mitigation Plan Takes Flight

Policy experts are reacting to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, showing the nation's child poverty rate has more than doubled, to 12%. In …

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The 2023 Rural Policy Action report says if the federal government were to invest more in election safety and security, rural residents could avoid intimidation in making their voices heard about needs facing their communities. (Adobe Stock)
Rural Advocates Don't Want to Lose Community Improvement Momentum

Recent policy decisions are being carried out to improve the lives of Minnesota's rural communities. A national coalition says despite the progress…

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Those demanding reforms within Minnesota's correctional facilities say incarcerated individuals in Stillwater have lacked access to such basics as showers and recreation time. (Adobe Stock)
MN Faces Calls to Investigate Prison Conditions

Prison reform advocates in Minnesota continue to speak out following a lockdown at the correctional facility in Stillwater. People incarcerated …

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In 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than four in 10 students felt persistently sad or hopeless. Education observers said it has prompted more demand for mental health services in schools. (Adobe Stock)
Assessing Need for School Counselors Amid SRO Debate in MN

Minnesota lawmakers could soon be called into special session in response to a controversy over school resource officers. The situation has prompted …

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In 2017, the U.S. government was criticized for its response to hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Since then, the island has been lauded for community-level efforts to make towns and cities there more climate resilient. (Adobe Stock)
MN Delegation Brainstorms on Climate Solutions After Puerto Rico Trip

Next week, elected officials in Minnesota, along with Latine and environmental organizations, will gather to discuss a recent delegation trip to …

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Beyond insulation and furnace repairs, programmable thermostats are part of home weatherization services to help establish more energy efficiency. (Adobe Stock)
With Winter Around the Corner, MN Enhances Weatherization Efforts

The application period is now underway for Minnesotans who'll need help with heating bills this winter. The Energy Assistance Program also paves the …

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Health experts say if a student in the classroom is the only one not frequently raising their hand to answer a question, it might signal a deeper issue, such as hearing loss. (Adobe Stock)
Expert: Unaddressed Hearing Woes Could Make School Life Miserable

Parents in Minnesota have been feverishly helping their kids get ready for the new school year. A health expert says if hearing has been an issue for …

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