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Trump now wants Putin to visit the White House this fall; Also on the Friday rundown: health insurance rates to rise by almost 9 percent in California; and as the climate crises reaches “Zero Hour” young people take a stand.

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Public News Service - MN: Livable Wages/Working Families

A recent report projects the U.S. Supreme Court's Janus decision will cut wages for government employees, and lead to a drop in U.S. economic activity of between $11.7 billion and $33.4 billion annually. (Joe Ravi/Wikimedia Commons)

DULUTH, Minn. – A U.S. Supreme Court decision on Wednesday is being called a potentially crippling blow to unions representing government workers nationwide. The high court ruled 5-to-4 that non-union workers can't be forced to pay so-called fair share fees to help cover the costs of collect

Soybeans rank third in Minnesota's top agricultural products, behind corn and hogs and ahead of dairy products and cattle. (smallgrains.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Midwest soybean farmers have come to rely on the agricultural system built up around international trade, and are closely watching what proposed tariffs might do to commodities such as soybeans. University of Minnesota agronomist Seth Naeve tracks trade issues and said soyb

A new report says Minnesota's economic policies have resulted in growth that has outpaced neighboring Wisconsin's in most areas. (Cuksis/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota and Wisconsin have a lot in common in terms of geography, size and culture. But over the past seven years, they've taken drastically different political paths. A new report by the pro-labor Economic Policy Institute says Minnesota's economic growth has far outpaced

More than 533,000 Minnesotans live in households below the federal poverty threshold, and a new report cites major gaps in racial disparity. (Chris Bastian/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota has a deadline to reduce poverty, and it's only two years away. Nine years ago, a bipartisan legislative commission studied poverty in the state and set out an ambitious plan to eliminate it. But time is running short, and Anne Krisnik, executive director of the Joint Re

Union supporters filled the State Capitol rotunda for Saturday's Working People's Day of Action. (Laurie Stern)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The future of unions could hang on a case being argued Monday before the U.S. Supreme Court. It's called Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and an Illinois man who says it’s unconstitutional to charge him for belonging to a

Critics of the Trump budget proposal warn it could reverse efforts to get healthy, local foods to low-income Minnesota families. (Marco Verch/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Trump budget proposal would cut almost $20 billion next year from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), once commonly known as food stamps. More than 600,000 Minnesotans benefit from SNAP and could be affected, according to Colleen Moriarty, executive directo

Hundreds of thousands turned out in Minnesota for 2016 precinct caucuses. The state moves to a presidential primary in 2020. (Jeremy Noble/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Tuesday night, 30,000 Minnesotans went to precinct caucuses. That's just 1 percent of the roughly 3 million who voted in 2016. So are caucuses good or bad for democracy? Hamline University political science professor David Schultz said it's complicated: Caucuses give nei

Meterologists say this winter's January temperatures were average for Minnesota. (Laurie Stern)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Only about one in four Minnesota households eligible for help with heating bills is getting it. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, gives the state Commerce Department more than $100 million, distributed though social service providers such as Three Rivers

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