Addiction to prescription painkilling medications is a major part of the opioid epidemic that has plagued the nation. Nearly 400 Minnesotans die each

Letting drug companies skate on opioid costs is contemptible

Legislators who buckled to lobbyists shouldn't escape accountability.

Failure to bargain mars 2018 Minnesota legislative session

May 21
The Minnesota State Capitol. The 2018 legislative session has ended, with two of the three biggest measures under veto threats.
Unwillingness to strike bipartisan accords puts major bills at risk.

'First-in-the-nation' gathering will empower young American Indians

May 18
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Event will focus on equipping students with the skills they need to confront formidable disparities.
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May 18
In this July 9, 2016, photo, marchers blocked part of Interstate 94 in St. Paul during a protest sparked by police killings of black men in Minnesota

Protesters endanger themselves and others when blocking highways

Dayton should sign bill that would increase penalties.
Editorial
May 18
A man hugged a woman outside the Alamo Gym where parents waited to reunite with their children following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa F

Do not grow numb to school shootings

As kids keep dying, lawmakers keep ignoring pleas for sensible gun law reforms.
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May 18
A Minnesota Senate committee chaired by Sen. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, held a hearing Tuesday on fraud in the state’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP

Focus on 'fraudphobia,' not 'Islamophobia,' in Minnesota

TV report raised troubling questions about child care assistance.
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May 18

Protect election security in Minnesota

Legislature should act fast to secure available federal funds.
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May 17
The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. The session is winding down this week.

Legislature shouldn't delay passing state bonding bill

Robust investment in Minnesota will be key measure of session's success.
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May 16
A proposed Minneapolis ordinance would prohibit the sale of tobacco, nicotine vaporizers or e-cigarettes to those under 21.

Minneapolis should ban tobacco sales to those under 21

Three out of four smokers who start in high school will continue as adults.
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May 15
The Minnesota State Capitol : With the Legislature facing a May 21 deadline for adjournment, the fate of legislation that would lower the bar for su

Minnesota should set a new legal bar for sex harassment suits

Designers of 1982 statute didn't intend 'severe and pervasive' test.
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May 14
Israeli and Palestinian protestors waved signs and chant outside the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday. Israeli soldiers shot and killed dozens

It was far from a 'great day' in increasingly tense Mideast

While Trump celebrates embassy move, Israelis and Palestinians clash
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May 11
State Sen. Karin Housley, R-St. Mary’s Point, is chairwoman of the Senate Aging and Long-Term Care Policy committee and has championed elder care-pr

Why is the bill offering the most robust protections for Minnesota seniors stalled at Capitol?

Bipartisan work on Karin Housley's bill merits support. Instead it is stalled.
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May 11
Emory Solomonson, right, a senior at Wayzata High School, and Jasmine Kelly, a freshman at Performing Institute of Minnesota Arts High School in Eden

Minnesota Legislature should listen to the majority on gun laws

Their constituents are crying out for laws that will curb gun violence.
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May 11
The Minnesota State Capitol. The deadline for regular-session adjournment is May 21.

Here's a must-do list for the Minnesota Legislature

It's compromise time on bonding, taxes and spending.
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May 10

Federal rule change threatens mental health care for Minnesota kids

State is scrambling to find funding for residential treatment.
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May 9
The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul.

A late-session plea for fairness in Minnesota tax reform

Add an increase in the Working Family Credit to the final tax bill.
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May 9

Credit Trump for release of American prisoners

But the world should not forget other victims of Kim Jong Un's regime.
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May 8

Second Harvest Heartland needs Minnesota's help

The food bank has outgrown its Maplewood warehouse.
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May 8
President Donald Trump delivered a statement from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., saying the U.S. is

America is at greater risk after Trump scraps Iran deal

The pact, however imperfect, was a verifiable tool to prevent proliferation.
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May 7
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Minnesota Legislature still has time to pass hands-free-only cellphone bill

Distracted driving causes 1 in every 4 vehicle crashes across the state.
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May 4
President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on steel and aluminum tariffs during a ceremony at the White House in March.

U.S. shouldn't wage a two-front trade war

Taking on China and Europe at the same time is unwise.
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May 4
The Minnesota State Capitol.

Legislature shouldn't take risks with Minnesota's future budget stability

Lawmakers shouldn't overpromise future tax cuts.
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May 4
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Washington, D.C., earlier this year.

Short-term health insurance is a high-risk gamble for consumers

Buyer beware: Plans exclude many medical needs.
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