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Harvey Weinstein in custody after being convicted of felony sex crimes. And U.S. Supreme Court to consider foster-parenting rights of same-sex couples.

2020Talks - February 25, 2020 


Tonight's the last debate before the South Carolina primaries, but it's also the last before Super Tuesday, which includes California and its 494 delegates.

Public News Service - MN: Mental Health

AARP Minnesota says hundreds of Minnesotans are backing a push for hospitals to provide more training for caregivers when a loved one is released from the hospital. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A bill to provide family caregivers with extra training is earning some renewed support after it was left pending in the Minnesota House last year. According to AARP Minnesota, more than 500 people have signed letters urging House members to pass what's being called the CAR

The American Heart Association of Minnesota is encouraging people to wear red this Friday as a reminder that heart disease is a leading cause of death for women. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesotans are being encouraged to join a national push aimed at bringing awareness to women's heart health. Today is National Wear Red Day, and the American Heart Association is asking people to don the color to remind them heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in

A group of Minnesota religious leaders are supporting moves to lessen mandatory sentencing for low-level drug offenses. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota's prison population continues to grow, a group of religious leaders are speaking out in support of plans to lighten the state's drug sentencing laws. The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission is holding a public meeting this afternoon to weigh the pros and cons

HealthEast security officer Kyle McGinn and his co-workers want the hospital chain to boost security staffing. Credit: AFSCME Council 5.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Security officers at the HealthEast hospital chain say short staffing levels are putting everyone there at risk. Kyle McGinn, who works at Bethesda Hospital in St Paul, said there have been more than 30 violent assaults at that HealthEast facility in the last year - many from pati

The work being done by Minnesota's unpaid family caregivers is valued at nearly $8 billion a year. Credit: Fred Froese.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There's still much to be done, but Minnesota is among a handful of states making progress to support the growing number of unpaid family caregivers. A new report from the AARP Public Policy Institute illustrates one recent change that's taking some of the burden off nearly 6

PHOTO: Minnesota mental health worker David Ruth says low staffing leaves him and coworkers exposed to a variety of on-the-job hazards, from injuries to sexual assaults. Image courtesy of AFSCME Council 5/YouTube.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota mental-health workers say low staffing levels are threatening their safety. The state's group homes are so short-staffed, said David Ruth, a state employee and chief steward in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council Five, that members of

PHOTO: New protections against hostile work environments are coming for state employees, as Minnesota Management and Budget releases a new Respectful Workplace Policy. Photo credit: John Michaelson.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - After more than three years in the making, Minnesota today is rolling out new rules to help prevent bullying on the job for the state's nearly 40,000 public employees. The Respectful Workplace Policy was created by Minnesota Management and Budget with input from such groups as the

PHOTO: With the Great Recession leading to unemployment, foreclosures and other financial difficulties, there was also an increase in the number of middle-aged and older adults in the U.S. who took their own lives. Photo credit: Victor/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There's been a significant increase in suicides among middle-aged and older adults, and it appears a portion of the rise can be attributed to the Great Recession. A new study shows that suicide rates in the U.S. for those aged 40 to 64 rose sharply from 2007 to 2010, and ex

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