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PHOTO: Stores make an attempt at propriety in displaying adult magazines with covers partially hidden, but teens have easy access online. Experts say it distorts what they view as healthy relationships and body image. Photo credit: Ed Kohler

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's a far cry from magazines tucked under the mattress – and experts say the proliferation of pornography made available with today's technology is having an adverse effect on teens' views about dating and their bodies. Elizabeth Schroeder, founder of Elizabeth Schro...Read More

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PHOTO: Residents across southern Minnesota will have a chance to weigh in in the days ahead on the possible environmental impact from a new transmission line. Photo credit: Ben Tesch

ST. PAUL, Minn. - To meet the growing energy needs in the state, the construction of a new transmission line in southern Minnesota is moving forward and residents will soon get a chance to weigh in on the project. According to Lu Nelsen, energy program associate at the Center for Rural Affairs, comm...Read More

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PHOTO: Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign the minimum wage bill on Monday, raising the minimum to $9.50 an hour by 2016. Photo credit: Fibonacci Blue

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Legislation raising the minimum wage in Minnesota has now won full approval at the state Capitol and is headed to the desk of Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature. The bill increases the minimum to $9.50 an hour by 2016. Peggy Flanagan, executive director of Children's Defen...Read More

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PHOTO: A bill passed by the Minnesota House, as part of the Women's Economic Security Act, aims to provide workplace protections for family caregivers. Photo credit: Deb Hilstrom

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Legislation that aims to give more support to those providing care for family and relatives has passed the Minnesota House and is moving on to the Senate for a vote. The bill from state Rep. Carly Melin requires equal treatment for all employees, regardless of family caregi...Read More

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PHOTO: Ohio State University researcher Courtney D. Lynch says stress reduction techniques could be beneficial for women trying to conceive. Photo credit: Ohio State University.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - More than 6 percent of married women struggle with infertility, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and for the first time, researchers have data that links stress to a woman's inability to become pregnant. The Ohio State University study fou...Read More

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PHOTO: A new proposal to clarify which types of water bodies fall under the Clean Water Act is drawing praise, notably in the environmental and outdoor communities. Photo credit: Courtney Celley, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A change in federal clean-water rules appears to be popular with some major stakeholders, including hunters and anglers. Two federal court decisions had "muddied" the rules on where the Clean Water Act applies, but a new revision has been proposed to clarify the issue. According ...Read More

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PHOTO: AEDs require regular maintenance, and some may find it shocking that some of the machines available to the public in Minnesota go years without being checked. Photo credit: David Bruce, Jr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - They are stationed across Minnesota to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest, and a new effort is underway to make sure those automated external defibrillators are in working order when they're needed. A bill at the Legislature would set up a registry of public AEDs to alert the ow...Read More

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PHOTO: The Healthy Savings pilot program is providing about 100 families with $10 a week to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. Photo credit: Amanda Govaert

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A new effort to get more fresh and healthy foods into the kitchens of those Minnesotans struggling with hunger is starting off this week. The Healthy Savings pilot program is beginning with about 100 families across the Metro, according to Marcia Fink, director of basic needs at G...Read More

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