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More than 3 million Americans have lost employer-based health insurance over the past two weeks; and policy analysts look to keep us healthy and financially stable.

2020Talks - April 6, 2020 


Wisconsin is planning to go ahead with primaries as usual, despite requests for a delay from the Governor, and lawsuits from voting rights advocates. There's also a judicial election, where a liberal judge is challenging the conservative incumbent.

Public News Service - MN: Livable Wages/Working Families

The Minnesota Housing Partnership estimates that 85,000 residents living in affordable rental units could be displaced as a result of the economic downturn. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota lawmakers are being asked to approve $100 million in emergency funding for people who can't pay their rent during the pandemic. The demand comes from a host of housing groups. They say despite the federal stimulus package and a separate relief plan approved by the Minne

In addition to a paid leave provision, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order that waives the waiting period for insurance coverage for new state workers during the coronavirus crisis. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The COVID-19 crisis has prompted decisions regarding state workers in Minnesota. While it's not protesting any action right now, one of the state's largest unions has taken notice of one of the moves. This week, Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order that, among other things,

Advocates for reducing insulin costs say one in four diabetics have to ration their supplies because of skyrocketing prices. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A plan to address the high cost of insulin gained some traction in the Minnesota Legislature yesterday, but a final agreement still is uncertain. And after months of debate, those who rely on the drug want action soon. The DFL-led Minnesota House passed its latest version of a bi

In addition to Minnesota officials, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has voiced concerns over safety issues in grain bins. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- 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. Gov. Tim Walz has declared this week "Grain Bin Safety Week" in light of several fatalities in Minnesota and acr

Census officials say workers will be knocking on doors this spring and summer. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- This spring, census workers will be knocking on doors as the 2020 nationwide count rolls out. But many of these jobs still need to be filled, and seniors are being encouraged to help with the gap. The U.S. Census Bureau says it hopes to hire 500,000 people to ensure a complete

The Twin cities added 2,365 affordable units in 2018, a number that is considered well below the pace to meet current needs. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Elected officials and social-service groups are pledging to make affordable housing a priority in the Twin Cities. But one agency says the metro area could see even greater numbers of people needing help with housing. The Metropolitan Council estimates that roughly 250,000 househ

A looming strike for health care workers in the Twin Cities is seen as a sign of labor strife within the industry. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota is starting to see some of the ripple effects of cost issues within the health care industry, and according to one local expert, a pending worker strike is a key example. Last week, 1,800 nurses, physicians' assistants and other caregivers who work for Twin Cities-base

Minnesota officials say the presence of zebra mussels has been confirmed in 214 lakes and wetlands. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In some Minnesota lakes, invasive species are limiting the growth of a popular fish, according to a new study of the effects on walleye. University of Minnesota researchers say the culprits are zebra mussels and spiny waterflea. They found in lakes where these are present, they

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