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Trump extends social distancing guidelines through April 30. The coronavirus is taking its toll on nonprofits; and scammers have already set their sights on your COVID-19 relief check.

2020Talks - March 30, 2020 


Campaigning from Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders has been virtual, and largely about the novel coronavirus. Sanders also spoke out about the Trump administration's Interior Department order to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag's reservation in Southern Massachusetts.

Public News Service - MN: Consumer

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says his office has received complaints of one store selling a 36-roll pack of toilet paper for nearly $80. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota's attorney general says there's been an upswing in reports of price gouging as the global pandemic unfolds. The findings come after Gov. Tim Walz signed an emergency order banning the practice. Attorney General Keith Ellison said he has received more than 300 price-goug

In addition to a paid leave provision, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order that waives the waiting period for insurance coverage for new state workers during the coronavirus crisis. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The COVID-19 crisis has prompted decisions regarding state workers in Minnesota. While it's not protesting any action right now, one of the state's largest unions has taken notice of one of the moves. This week, Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order that, among other things,

Supporters of a ban on flavored tobacco in Minnesota say menthol cigarettes historically have been used to recruit new smokers, especially in African-American communities. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A proposed flavored tobacco ban for Minnesota has seen some movement in the Legislature. While lawmakers are shifting their focus toward the coronavirus threat, supporters of the ban hope it regains momentum when normal schedules return. The measure would prohibit the sale of al

In addition to a proposed affordability commission, Minnesota's attorney general has outlined recommendations for making prescription medications less expensive. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The high cost of prescription drugs affects many Minnesotans and has caught the attention of policymakers. But plans for an independent state commission to protect consumers are gridlocked, despite bipartisan support. The Prescription Drug Affordability Commission would examin

Advocates for reducing insulin costs say one in four diabetics have to ration their supplies because of skyrocketing prices. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A plan to address the high cost of insulin gained some traction in the Minnesota Legislature yesterday, but a final agreement still is uncertain. And after months of debate, those who rely on the drug want action soon. The DFL-led Minnesota House passed its latest version of a bi

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

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