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‘Increase Teachers of Color Act’ clears House committee

A bill that aims to help Minnesota schools hire and retain more teachers of color cleared a House committee Wednesday, though prospects of it...
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4,000 janitors to strike, affecting nearly all Twin Cities office buildings

Commercial janitors working in nearly every office building in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul plan to strike for one day next week as they...

Minnesotans could vote to remove ‘slavery’ reference in state constitution

A group of state lawmakers have introduced a bill at the Capitol that would give Minnesotans a chance to vote to remove references to...
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Minneapolis’ racial disparities in home ownership worst in nation, report says

Minneapolis has the largest gap between Black and non-Black home ownership rates in the United States, according to an analysis released this week by...
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U.S. Dept. of Labor sues Brasa Rotisserie for wage theft 

The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against the owner of Brasa Rotisserie, Alex Roberts, alleging that he failed to pay his restaurant...

Survey: Workforce diversity in many industries doesn’t reflect state demographics

Most Minnesota industries are whiter than the state's overall population, according to a 2016 survey by the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development. The...

Klobuchar Shares Anecdote of Her Fourth-Grade Spanish Name: ‘Me llamo Elena’

Seeing Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s clumsy introduction to the Las Vegas Culinary Workers Union in Nevada Tuesday night didn’t sit so well with my parents...
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HealthPartners strike called off; tentative deal reached

At 3 a.m. on Tuesday, the union representing nurses, physician assistants and other health care workers at HealthPartners reached a tentative agreement on a...

GOP lawmakers unveil crime bills, point a literal finger at Minneapolis mayor

Outstate Republican legislators today unveiled a proposal to tackle urban crime, months after they first started planting political seeds about the hazards of Minnesota’s...

HealthPartners workers prepare for Wednesday strike at 30 clinics

More than 1,800 HealthPartners nurses, lab technicians, dental hygienists and other health care workers are preparing to begin a week-long strike Wednesday after a...
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Hundreds march for missing and murdered Indigenous women in Minneapolis

People shouted out the names of their missing or murdered Indigenous relatives: “Mariah” “Selena Not Afraid” “Aubrey” “Jeremy.” With hundreds packed into the Minneapolis American...

Minnesota gun laws earn a C+ in new national ranking

Minnesota’s gun laws earned a C+ in an annual assessment of state policies by the gun control advocacy group Giffords Law Center. California and New...
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Drivers hit demonstrators calling for greater pedestrian safety

Several dozen activists took to one of the most hazardous intersections in Minneapolis Wednesday night calling for greater pedestrian safety along the busy corridor. In...

Minnesota police are partnering with Ring. Is your city on the list?

Fifteen Minnesota law enforcement agencies have agreements with home security company Ring that could allow them to access video from residents’ properties. Through the “Neighbors”...

Local governments’ finances ‘steady…for now,’ report says

Local governments in Minnesota have kept revenues and spending even over the past two decades despite threats to their financial stability. But government leaders...
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Target faces class action lawsuit for cheating employees out of pay

A class action lawsuit was filed against Target in federal court Tuesday for underpaying their employees. The suit, brought by Andrew Davis of New Haven,...

First day of session starts with motion to adjourn for year by Drazkowski

Expectations are quite tempered around the Capitol for what might be accomplished during this short legislative session in an off-budget, election year.  But state Rep....

St. Paul teachers to vote on strike next week

St. Paul teachers will vote Feb. 20 on whether to strike against St. Paul Public Schools, according to the union representing St. Paul educators,...

Legislators try to make it Daylight Saving Time year-round, again

Wouldn’t it be nice if it didn’t get dark at 4 p.m. in the winter? That could be a reality, if the Minnesota Legislature votes...

Minnesota students speak nearly 300 different languages at home

More than 143,000 Minnesota students speak a language other than English at home, according to 2018-19 data from the Minnesota Department of Education. Families here...
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