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More than a dozen Internal Affairs complaints against the Minneapolis Police officer involved in the death of George Floyd; we report on what's behind the current tensions.

2020Talks - May 29, 2020 


Republican Voters Against Trump just launched and plans to spend $10 million on the 2020 campaign. And President Trump signed an executive order making social media companies liable for content their users post.

Public News Service - MN: Civil Rights

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

Minnesota labor officials say nearly 40,000 workers in the state each year are the victims of wage theft. (massclu.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota is six months into a new era of wage theft enforcement. The state recently adopted a law that makes it a felony for employers who cheat workers out of pay. And one expert said it's not surprising to see these new laws, but challenges still remain. Minnesota's wage-theft

A new national report says progress is being made in closing racial gaps in prison populations. Among women, the disparity in black and white imprisonment rates has dropped from 6-to-1 to 2-to-1. (Matthew Henry/Librestock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There's been positive movement in reducing racial gaps in prison populations across the United States, according to a new report. However, there's a long way to go to eliminate the lingering disparities – including in Minnesota. The report from the Council on Criminal

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

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

Workloads for Minnesota's state public defenders are too high and affect their ability to represent clients, according to a 2010 report from the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor. (AJEL/Pixabay)

By Filiberto Nolasco Gomez / Broadcast version by Roz Brown Reporting for the Workday Minnesota-Minnesota News Connection Collaboration MINNEAPOLIS – Amy Kantorowicz is an investigator in the public defender's office. Her job varies and can include interviewing witnesses, filing Data Practic

Lack of affordable housing, loss of employment and chronic health conditions are the three top reasons people are homeless in Minnesota. (blogs.mprnews.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The annual Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Conference will be held in Duluth next week as Minneapolis responds to one of the largest homeless settlements the city has ever seen. While homeless camps in many cities are quickly demolished by law enforcement officials, M

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