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COVID-19 prompts a car insurance break for some drivers. Also, a push for postal banking, and for grocery workers to be treated as first responders.

2020Talks - April 8, 2020 


Wisconsin held its primary yesterday in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. But a shortage of poll workers led to just five polling stations in Milwaukee instead of the usual 180.

Public News Service - MN: Mental Health

PHOTO: Most people worry about how they look as they head out the door each day, but for thousands of Minnesotans, a distorted body image actually is a serious medical program.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Most people worry about how they look as they head out the door each day, but for thousands of Minnesotans, a distorted body image actually is a serious medical problem. Jillian Lampert, director of communications, research and outreach, with The Emily Program, says it's a misconce

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Responding to cases of child abuse and neglect costs the nation more than $80 billion a year, according to the latest survey from Prevent Child Abuse America. That figure includes a number of "direct costs," according to Becky Dale, senior director of prevention initiatives for Pr

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As part of May's observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, advocates say there are barriers even for those seeking help. One issue is the stigma, says Sue Abderholden, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota. As an example, she says, a survey of

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's now one week until the end of Minnesota's regular legislative session, and state lawmakers are scrambling to finalize the state budget. The latest version of the Health and Human Services budget bill passed late last week in conference committee has child advocates worried abo

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The number of Minnesota children living in poverty has jumped to 14 percent, according to the latest "Kids Count" report - the highest level since 1993 - and the disparities for children of color are widening. While Minnesota had the fifth-lowest poverty rate for white children in

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Economic recovery continues to elude Minnesota's housing market. New data from the "2-by-4" report put out by the Minnesota Housing Partnership reveal the highest number of recorded foreclosures in six quarters. Jobs in residential construction continue to decline, and homelessness

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Good nutrition is key to healthy aging, yet many seniors would rather skip meals or skimp on food than ask for help. Less than a quarter of low-income seniors in Minnesota get the nutrition they need, according to concerned agencies, and this can lead to frailty, injury and illness

MINNEAPOLIS - Vampires have long been a hit in teen pop culture, with the "Twilight" series the latest example of that interest. The expected release of the movie version of the book "Eclipse" in the series next month is being viewed as an opportunity to talk with teens about gender roles, abstinenc

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