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Minnesota reports 3 COVID-19 deaths

BY: - July 21, 2020

More than 47,400 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,548 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The department said that a data management system issue affected COVID-19 case counts for Monday and Tuesday. More than 900 new cases were reported Monday — which would have been the state’s highest daily total […]

House DFL leaders characterize police reforms as ‘significant,’ ‘transformational’

BY: - July 21, 2020

House DFL leaders said a bill approved by the Legislature early Tuesday morning is a “significant” achievement in helping address racial bias in policing.  Among the changes coming statewide are a ban on certain chokeholds; a ban on “warrior-style” training for police officers that critics say leads to overly aggressive policing; the establishment of a […]

Minneapolis clears homeless encampment in Powderhorn Park

BY: - July 21, 2020

Minneapolis Parks Police arrested 20 activists and residents of a homeless encampment on the east side of Powderhorn Park Monday for refusing to leave, after the park superintendent deemed the park too dangerous for habitation and gave residents 72 hours to vacate. “Our focus was on dismantling this particular encampment because it had risen to […]

Minnesota lawmakers approve series of police reforms in second special session

BY: - July 21, 2020

The Minnesota Legislature early on Tuesday approved a series of police reforms, including a ban on certain chokeholds; a ban on “warrior-style” training for police officers that critics say leads to overly aggressive policing; the establishment of a police-community relations council under the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training; and, residency incentives for […]

What are the pros and cons of reopening schools this fall?

BY: - July 21, 2020

As Minnesota parents await a decision from Gov. Tim Walz about the start of the fall 2020 school year, the debate over reopening schools in the United States is becoming more fraught with each passing day. The U.S. reported more than 76,500 new cases last Thursday, breaking its daily record for the 11th time this […]

Minnesota reports first COVID-19 child death and 922 new cases

BY: - July 20, 2020

Minnesota reported 922 new COVID-19 cases Monday — a record-high daily total — and the state’s first death of a child due to the coronavirus. The child was under 5 years old and lived in Clay County, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. No other details were released. Previously, the youngest Minnesotan to die of COVID-19 […]

Minnesota lawmakers poised to approve series of police reforms

BY: - July 20, 2020

Nearly two months after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, the Minnesota Legislature is poised to approve a series of police reforms limiting officers’ use of force and creating a civilian advisory group. Legislative leaders on Monday said they had reached a tentative agreement with House DFL leaders and members of the People of Color and […]

The rent is coming due. Will Congress offer more relief as it gets back to work?

BY: - July 20, 2020

WASHINGTON — The nation’s political leaders return to the capital this week with their sights on a fifth — and perhaps final — round of COVID-19 relief before the November elections. The stakes are high and the timetable is short: Three weeks remain before Congress is set to adjourn for its August recess — though […]

Civil Rights hero John Lewis changed America making ‘good trouble’

BY: - July 18, 2020

Civil Rights icon and longtime Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who advocated for change through nonviolence, died late Friday night at the age of 80. The Atlanta Democrat was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in late December. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed his death, saying the country had lost “one of the greatest heroes of […]

Minnesota reports 669 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths

BY: - July 17, 2020

More than 45,00 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,533 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Friday include 669 new cases and seven deaths. Approximately 819,511 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, 252 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 110 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota DFL tries to make contraception an election issue after U.S. Supreme Court ruling

BY: - July 17, 2020

Minnesota women’s health advocates and their allies at the State Capitol are pushing legislation to bolster access to contraception. The proposal comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court decision last week upholding a Trump Administration order allowing employers to deny health care coverage for birth control on religious or moral grounds.   The Protect […]

Minnesota reports 611 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths

BY: - July 16, 2020

More than 44,300 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,526 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 611 new cases and eight deaths. Approximately 805,212 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 249 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 103 of them in intensive care units. […]