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Today is the final day to register to vote in Arizona's primary election; the FDA declines to back Trump claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are "harmless."

2020Talks - July 6, 2020 


This year's July 4th had COVID-19, ongoing protests about systemic racism, and a presidential visit to Mt. Rushmore. Plus, Trump signed an order to plan a new statue park.

Public News Service - MN: Mental Health

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

PHOTO: U.S. Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota authored the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, with a goal of reducing the suicide rate among U.S. military veterans. Photo courtesy of Rep. Walz office.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Senate is expected to approve legislation this afternoon that seeks to prevent suicide among military veterans through early intervention, expanded treatment and peer support. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act has already won unanimous appr

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