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Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus response; and lingering concerns about U.S. Census participation.

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House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn endorsed former VP Joe Biden, ahead of South Carolina's primaries. Super Tuesday states, including North Carolina, are also voting soon, but campaigning there is different.

Public News Service - MN: Social Justice

The Minneapolis minimum wage ordinance, which has survived a legal challenge, requires both large and small companies to pay at least $15 an hour by the year 2024. (Clem Onojeghuo/Librestock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The legal fight over the $15 an hour minimum wage ordinance in Minneapolis appears settled for now, after it was upheld by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Supporters of the ordinance are celebrating the decision. The higher minimum wage was approved in 2017 and is being phased in o

In 1973, Minnesota ratified the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but still hasn't adopted one at the state level. (lauramusikanski/Morguefile)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Legal experts are debating whether the U.S. Constitution will be changed after the Equal Rights Amendment cleared a big hurdle this week. Even if it is, supporters want a similar change in Minnesota. The federal amendment, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, reached a mi

According to the latest data, Minnesota had nearly 100,000 people on probation, among the highest rates in the nation. (crimereport.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota is on track to start capping probation sentences for most felony convictions at five years. It's a move advocates say is long overdue. Last week, the state Sentencing Guidelines Commission voted to apply the five-year cap to most offenders convicted of a felony. Homici

Minnesota has long struggled with gaps in test scores and graduation rates for various student groups. (Tamarcus Brown/Librestock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A proposed constitutional amendment in Minnesota would update language concerning education for students of all backgrounds. But an advocacy group says other racial gaps need to be addressed as well. Last week, former state Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and Minneapolis Federal

The annual Minnesota Kids Count Data Book says an accurate count of all children in the 2020 Census will go a long way to ensure that social services and support systems are well funded. (Getthepicture)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota needs to make sure all children are counted as part of the 2020 U.S. Census, according to an annual report that serves as an indicator of child and family well-being in the state. The new 2019 Kids Count Data Book says more than 7,000 Minnesota children from birth

About 80% of confirmed judges under the Trump administration are male and around 90% of them are white, according to the Congressional Research Service. (QuinceMedia/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A judicial watchdog group says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has created an "assembly line" for approving conservative judges who will determine the civil rights of Americans for decades to come. Before recessing last month, the Republican-controlled Senate confirm

The death rate from stroke in the United States is more than one third higher in some communities of color than among the white population. (Gerd Altmann/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The American Heart Association is launching Minnesota's first blood pressure kiosk aimed specifically at health disparities for underserved communities. The kiosk will be at the Horizons Unlimited food shelf at the Division of Indian Work in Minneapolis for the next three y

As brick-and-mortar grocery stores disappear in many places across Minnesota, mobile food shelves help the one in 11 state households affected by hunger. (hungersolutions.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Advocates for reducing hunger in Minnesota will tell legislators Thursday that additional policies and funding are necessary to relieve food insecurity and hunger across the state. It's Hunger Day on the Hill, held annually to acknowledge that not all Minnesotans have the s

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