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Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


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Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - MN: Criminal Justice

PHOTO: A memorial service will be held in Duluth today to honor the 26 victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. nearly two years ago. Photo credit: Neil Wilkie/Flickr.

DULUTH, Minn. – This Sunday marks the second anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and the victims are being remembered at events in Minnesota and across the nation. Twenty children along with six adults were killed in the massacre on Dec. 14, 20

PHOTO: A dozen groups statewide are sharing in $900,000 in grant money, as Minnesota continues its efforts to recognize that children who are sexually exploited are victims and survivors, not criminals. Photo credit: Bailey Weaver/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota is taking another step in helping youths break free from sexual exploitation, and in helping them reclaim their lives. The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded $900,000 dollars to 13 organizations across the state to help girls and boys escape from trafficking and

PHOTO: The Restore the Vote coalition wants felons to be able to vote once they've been released from jail or prison, in order to give them a voice in the communities where they live and work while they're on probation. Photo credit: Steven Depolo/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As voters prepare to head to the polls next month, a campaign is underway to restore voting privileges for some 50,000 Minnesotans who have been in trouble with the law. Currently, those convicted of a felony are unable to regain their ability to vote until they are no longer on p

PHOTO: The Vikings have reactivated running back Adrian Peterson, with team owners saying they believe it's best to let the legal case proceed before they determine a course of action. Photo credit: Joe Bielawa/Flickr.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - It's a case that has revealed the deep divide in the state and across the country over the use of corporal punishment, and as of now, despite the allegations of child abuse, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is back on the field. Peterson was reactivated Monday by the team

PHOTO: It's a victory for Dave and Barb Kampa and for many of Minnesota's correctional employees, as a new law begins today, requiring ongoing affordable health care for those permanently disabled because of an assault on the job. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Association of Professional Employees.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's one of the rarest of feats -- a bill that wins unanimous approval in the Legislature. One that did officially takes effect today, providing some needed protection for many of Minnesota's correctional employees. The law requires ongoing affordable health care for those rendere

PHOTO: A law aimed at bringing new standards to the treatment and care of pregnant and postpartum inmates in Minnesota begins Tuesday at the women's prison in Shakopee, with expansion to county jails in July 2015. Photo credit: Frank de Kleine / Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The first law in the state to consider the unique needs of women in prison who are pregnant begins today. Jessica Anderson, director of legislative affairs and communications for Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, says this new law is a first step toward creating healthy begi

PHOTO: Under Minnesota's medical marijuana bill, patients will not be able to get the plant or its leaves, but could obtain medicinal marijuana in liquid or pill form. Photo credit: Mark/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The 2014 Legislature ended with a flurry over the weekend and among the bills passed that now await the governor's signature is one to legalize medicinal marijuana use. Minnesota will become the 22nd state to allow it, although the measure is one of the most restrictive in the nati

PHOTO: The Legislature has passed a bill to bring new standards to the treatment and care of pregnant and postpartum inmates, with a goal of healthy babies despite the circumstances. Photo credit: Frank de Kleine/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Following unanimous approval in both the Minnesota House and Senate, what will be the first state law to consider the unique needs of pregnant inmates now just awaits the signature of Gov. Mark Dayton. The legislation seeks to ensure that these incarcerated women are safe and healt

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