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Energy Secretary Rick Perry is handed a subpoena in the impeachment inquiry; and the Trump administration approves drug testing as a condition for unemployment benefits.

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Nine candidates addressed LGBTQ issues last night, including Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay top-tier presidential primary candidate.

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Abortion-rights supporters in Minnesota say state lawmakers have proposed 400 new laws to restrict abortion access, despite a 1995 state Supreme Court decision that affirmed an expansive right to abortion. (LorieShaull/jaw.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A campaign to educate Minnesotans on state laws surrounding abortion access is part of the 2019 Minnesota State Fair that continues through Labor Day. The campaign by UnRestrict Minnesota follows a recent lawsuit aimed at overturning a slate of Minnesota laws that restrict ac

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

Two of the biggest predictors for adverse birth outcomes are inadequate prenatal care and lack of Medicaid coverage, according to a new report. (Herney/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new report shows states that expanded their Medicaid program have reduced maternal deaths and infant mortality rates and overall improved positive birth outcomes. The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families report shows that providing health coverage for wo

Minnesota could become the 25th state to add an Equal Rights Amendment, or similar protections, to the state constitution. (MAPE)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A proposal to add an amendment to the Minnesota constitution guaranteeing equal rights regardless of gender has cleared the state House and now moves on to the Senate for consideration. House File 13, sponsored by New Brighton Democrat Mary Kunesh-Podein, states, "Equality

The current federal minimum wage, $7.25 per hour, has not increased since July 2009. (Consumerist.Com/Flickr)

MINNEAPOLIS — A new report says black workers in Minnesota and across the country would see the biggest boost if Congress raises the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The Raise the Wage Act of 2019 would increase wages for 38 percent of all African-American workers, and 23 percent of whit

Federal law allows 60 percent of the U.S. workforce to take unpaid time off to care for a sick family member or new child, but many workers in rural communities can’t afford to skip a paycheck.(Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U. of Minn.)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As legislators at the Minnesota State Capitol debate a paid family and medical leave policy, a new report from the University of Minnesota says the state's rural residents face the greatest need for this type of benefit. Report author Debra Fitzpatrick says multiple trends

Helping families with the cost and availability of child care and health care is the focus of the first three bills filed in this year's Minnesota Legislature. (yohoprashant/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Taking care of children is labor intensive, which means it's also expensive, and that's why children's advocates say a bill introduced in the Minnesota Legislature is needed urgently. Known as the Great Start for All Minnesota Children Act, it would invest in prenatal care, home v

The three dozen women newly elected to the U.S. House last week surpassed the 24 female newcomers elected in 1992, the last time political pundits declared it the “Year of the Woman.” (express.co.uk)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Votes are still being counted, but we already know the number of women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives last week is a record high. Nonetheless, when they take office in January, they'll represent only one-quarter of the 435 House members. Louisiana State Univer

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