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Gas prices could jump today in response to the Saudi oil attack; energy efficiency jobs are booming in the U.S.; and a national call to promote election security.

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Former Rep. John Delaney on the opioids crisis; a field organizer for Sen. Kamala Harris on campaigning in Iowa; and a President Donald Trump supporter who cares more about numbers than personalities.

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Public News Service - MN: Poverty

The Minnesota Department of Education and USDA are partnering to offer local meals this week. (Courtesy of Sarah Brouwer)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's Farm to Summer Week, and children throughout Minnesota are eating locally grown foods to celebrate. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program offers free meals to children under 18 while school is out. Those meals are important. According to th

Only 1-in-6 Minnesota students who qualifies for free or reduced-priced meals during the school year participates in summer food programs. (kreatikar/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A new study shows Minnesota children from households that experience food insecurity drink more sugary beverages during the summer months - especially on the weekends. Study author Jiwoo Lee with the University of Minnesota said lower-income children have the benefit of nut

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

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

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

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

About 235,000 Minnesotans live more than 10 miles from a large grocery store. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A program designed to give access to healthy, affordable food to Minnesotans will run out of funding without reinvestment from the Legislature this year. Health groups are urging lawmakers to renew it. Distance and income are a barrier to food for more than 340,000 Minnesot

About 460,000 Minnesotans receive SNAP food benefits, part of the 2019 Farm Bill signed by President Donald Trump on Thursday. (salvationarmynorth.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Organizations that fight hunger in the U.S. are applauding the 2019 Farm Bill, but they point out that millions of Americans will still need to visit food pantries in the coming year. The bill signed by President Donald Trump does not include stricter work requirements for

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