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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 


Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - MN: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

A 2016 study found nearly 100 million prescribed painkillers go unused after wisdom tooth extractions. That's led to efforts to get dentists and their patients to rely less on opioids. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The role the dental industry can play in addressing the opioid crisis is being highlighted in a new outreach campaign. The effort is spearheaded by Minnesota-based United Healthcare. The company says the main concern is prescribing opioids to patients in their late teens followi

In Minnesota, state authorities say more than 1,700 pounds of meth was seized by police last year, a nearly 50% increase over 2018. (Adobe Stock).

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota is seeing an increase in methamphetamine activity, a drug that was viewed as a major problem 20 years ago. A research group says boosting access to mental health care might stop the drug's comeback. The opioid crisis has commanded the attention of law enforcement and

There's a push to add Minnesota to the list of nearly a dozen states that have legalized marijuana. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Supporters of legalizing marijuana in Minnesota say they still face long odds getting a bill passed this year - but they think the 2020 election might convince some lawmakers to give it more thought. Democrats in the Minnesota Legislature announced this week they'll make a strong

Neither women nor men in the United States rank among the top three countries where people live the longest lives.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's no longer a secret that Americans are dying at an alarming rate from a nationwide opioid crisis and increased suicide rate, and those factors also are contributing to reduction in life expectancy. Late last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rep

Kateri Residence in South Minneapolis plans to close in June. (Laurie Stern)

MINNEAPOLIS – Last month, nine residents of a South Minneapolis shelter learned their long-term home would be shuttered in June. Kateri Residence - a 44-year-old program to help Native-American women recover from chemical addiction and reunite with their children - said it couldn't afford to

Minnesota has a new round of grants to help mothers struggling with drug addiction. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

MINNEAPOLIS – New grant money is being used by a dozen organizations in Minnesota to help pregnant and parenting women face and conquer their substance-abuse problems. Just over $4 million has been distributed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and the same amount has been approved

A bipartisan group is targeting Minnesota for more criminal justice reforms in 2016. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A bipartisan criminal justice reform group is looking to expand its reach in several states this year, including Minnesota. The North Star State's prisons already are overcrowded by about 500 inmates and that problem is expected to grow over the next six years. Jenna Moll is depu

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

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