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ST. PAUL — Minnesota's new way of licensing teachers is stumbling before it even gets started, frustrating supporters of the sweeping overhaul passed last year to fix a flawed system. Education officials say without more time to put the right procedures in place, the new Professional Standards and Educator Licensing Board will struggle to issue teaching licenses when the law changes July 1. "It opens the state of Minnesota up to some potentially serious liability issues," said Rep. Carlos Mariani, DFL-St. Paul. "We want the system to work."
ST. PAUL—Pharmacies across Minnesota are making it easier to get the opioid antidote naloxone that reverses drug overdoses. HealthPartners and Park Nicollet pharmacies announced Wednesday, March 21, that they have started providing naloxone to patients who have opioid prescriptions and are at high risk of an overdose.
ST. PAUL—How much control should government bureaucrats have over what's created with state money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund under the Minnesota Legacy Amendment? State Rep. Steve Green, R-Fosston, thinks there needs to be more oversight after a Michigan State University professor used a $3,290 grant from the Legacy fund to design a video game meant to raise awareness about why indigenous groups oppose pipelines.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota collects a bunch of information about students' academic performance, but state leaders mostly agree they don't do a very good job presenting it to parents in a useful way. As education officials prepare to implement a new public school oversight system, some lawmakers and parents say now is the time to create a school report card that is easy to understand.
ST. PAUL — The field of candidates to become Minnesota's next governor continues to shrink. State Rep. Tina Liebling. DFL-Rochester, is the latest candidate to suspend a campaign to succeed Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton, who is wrapping up his second and final term. Liebling released a statement Monday saying it was clear that her push to win the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsement would be unsuccessful.
ST. PAUL—Minnesotans who made serious mistakes in their lives believe they still should get another opportunity at having a say in their communities. "Everybody deserves a second chance," said Shane Black, a North Minneapolis resident who is with A Better Road Foundation; he came to the Capitol on Wednesday, March 7, to rally in support of legislation that would restore voting rights to felons on parole.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota lawmakers in St. Paul and Washington say they're fighting to retain internet neutrality regulations that federal regulators moved to abolish last year. State Rep. Paul Thissen and state Sen. Ron Latz announced Thursday that they were sponsoring bills that would require companies that do business in Minnesota to comply with "commonsense net neutrality principles."
ST. PAUL—Shelly Elkington's daughter Casey wanted to get help for her opioid addiction. The 24-year-old had an appointment with a pain specialist after getting hooked on the powerful painkillers as she coped with Crohn's disease. Casey never made her appointment. She was found dead in her garage in August 2015, a day before the appointment. "One day too late," Elkington told members of the Minnesota House Health and Human Services Committee.
ST. PAUL—They came to the Minnesota Capitol frustrated and angry. Many cried as they told their stories; some struggled to hold back sobs of grief. "I don't have politically correct words to say what I've seen," Corey Tanner told a Senate committee investigating the abuse of seniors and vulnerable adults. His mother, Mildred, was mistreated in a memory-care facility.
ST. PAUL — More Minnesotans are overdosing on opioids than ever before and the death toll from the drugs continues to climb. In 2016, there were more than 2,000 opioid overdoses and 395 of them were fatal. That's a more than 1,000 percent increase in overdoses and a 600 percent increase in fatalities since 2000.