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PHOTO: Minnesota child-care facilities have made dramatic progress in reducing SIDS deaths in the state, through education and training. Photo credit: Anthony J/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The number of babies lost to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has declined significantly since the 1990s, but dozens are still dying in Minnesota each year, drawing attention to the importance of sleep safety. The most critical step in reducing the risk of SIDS is positioning a baby f...Read More

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PHOTO: Operated as a coal plant for decades, this facility in Austin, Minn., was converted to burn natural gas as Minnesota has moved to limit pollution in recent years. Photo credit: Jerry Huddleston/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota advocates are adding their voices to the growing call for approval of a federal plan to significantly reduce carbon pollution from the country's aging power plants. The proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency aims to reduce power-sector emissions by 30 percent ...Read More

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PHOTO: There's still more work to be done, but progress is being made in Minnesota in reducing the number of babies being born too soon. Photo credit: Joshua Smith/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The latest figures show the preterm birth rate in Minnesota continues to trend downward, but the progress has been slow toward the goal of healthier babies here and across the nation. As of last year, the U.S. premature birth rate had fallen to 11.4 percent. In Minnesota, the rate ...Read More

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PHOTO: A dozen groups statewide are sharing in $900,000 in grant money, as Minnesota continues its efforts to recognize that children who are sexually exploited are victims and survivors, not criminals. Photo credit: Bailey Weaver/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota is taking another step in helping youths break free from sexual exploitation, and in helping them reclaim their lives. The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded $900,000 dollars to 13 organizations across the state to help girls and boys escape from trafficking and ...Read More

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PHOTO: Polling shows a majority of Minnesotans want funding for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure included when lawmakers consider a transportation package in the 2015 Legislature.  Photo credit: Kristin Nador/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A new two-year budget will be at the top of the agenda when Minnesota lawmakers reconvene in a few months, but another key target for the session will be transportation. Legislation to be introduced in 2015 will focus on improving the state's crumbling roads and aging bridges. E...Read More

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PHOTO: A two-generation approach is needed for Minnesota kids growing up in low-income families to thrive, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Midwest/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Improving the path to success for the Minnesota children growing up in low-income families requires an approach that not only looks at their needs but also the needs of their parents, according to a new report. That type of two-generation approach is outlined in the report, which ...Read More

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PHOTO: A new analysis on the Earned Income Tax Credit shows it's even more significant in small towns and rural areas. Photo credit: Lending Memo/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A new study shows a tax credit helping many low-income working families keep more of their earnings is proving to be especially important in rural areas and small towns across Iowa and the country. Jon Bailey, rural public policy director at the Center for Rural Affairs, is the au...Read More

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PHOTO: Winter is returning in a big way today, with six and 12 inches of snow expected across much of central and southern Minnesota. Photo credit: Liz/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota's first big winter storm of the year has shovels quickly coming out of sheds and garages, along with some important advice for those who'll be clearing the sidewalks and driveways. Dr. Scott Mikesell, interventional cardiologist at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, says for...Read More

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