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U.S. intelligence has told lawmakers that Russia wants to see Trump reelected; and Trump�s 'public charge' rule takes effect Monday.

2020Talks - February 21, 2020 


Tomorrow are the Nevada caucuses, and Nevada Democrats are hoping for them to run far more smoothly than the ones in Iowa. Candidates battle for that top spot and voting continues.

Public News Service - MN: Consumer

Minnesota gets about 25% of its electricity from renewable energy, such as solar power. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota saw a dip last year in its number of solar industry jobs, according to a new report from a nonpartisan research group. After seeing gains in 2017 and 2018, Minnesota experienced a nearly 6% decline in solar job growth last year. That finding was included in the annual

Census officials say workers will be knocking on doors this spring and summer. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- This spring, census workers will be knocking on doors as the 2020 nationwide count rolls out. But many of these jobs still need to be filled, and seniors are being encouraged to help with the gap. The U.S. Census Bureau says it hopes to hire 500,000 people to ensure a complete

The Twin cities added 2,365 affordable units in 2018, a number that is considered well below the pace to meet current needs. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Elected officials and social-service groups are pledging to make affordable housing a priority in the Twin Cities. But one agency says the metro area could see even greater numbers of people needing help with housing. The Metropolitan Council estimates that roughly 250,000 househ

A looming strike for health care workers in the Twin Cities is seen as a sign of labor strife within the industry. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota is starting to see some of the ripple effects of cost issues within the health care industry, and according to one local expert, a pending worker strike is a key example. Last week, 1,800 nurses, physicians' assistants and other caregivers who work for Twin Cities-base

Canadian-based Enbridge energy wants to replace its existing oil pipeline that runs across northern Minnesota. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Opponents of the proposed Line 3 oil pipeline in northern Minnesota say they plan to take legal action in the coming weeks after the project received a round of approval from state regulators. The pipeline would replace an existing line and would transport twice as much oil, a conce

Advocates say two in five college students in Minnesota are facing food insecurity. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- College students across Minnesota are now back on their respective campuses following the long holiday break. But advocates say many students are struggling to get the food they need. A recent report notes that 40% of Minnesota college students have experienced food insecurity

A Minnesota program that guides local governments on best ways to

NISSWA, Minn. -- Addressing environmental issues is a debate often seen at the state and federal level. But in Minnesota, local governments are taking it on themselves through an expanding program. The GreenStep Cities initiative is now in its 10th year. It guides cities that want to reduce thei

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

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