Minnesota Lawmakers Split On Federal Funding For SWLRT LineThe federal budget includes planning for the Southwest LRT line proposed for Minneapolis and the western suburbs.
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Minnesota Part Of Anti-Extremism Pilot ProjectA community advocate who spends his days helping Somali families and a youth soccer coach who works to keep kids off the street are among those who have applied for funding through a Department of Justice program designed to combat terrorism recruiting.
DOJ Now Has Criminal Jurisdiction On Mille Lacs ReservationThe United States Federal Government will now assume criminal jurisdiction over the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe's reservation in central Minnesota, according to the Department of Justice. The Mille Lacs Reservation becomes only the second in the U.S. to have had their request for concurrent jurisdiction granted by the DOJ -- the first being the White Earth Reservation in northeastern Minnesota.
Dayton Looking To Feds For Water Quality Boost Gov. Mark Dayton is aiming to set up a program with the federal government to fund water quality improvement efforts in Minnesota.
MNsure Gets Extra $34M From Feds For UpgradesMinnesota's health insurance exchange is getting some extra cash from the federal government. MNsure CEO Scott Leitz says they'll use an additional $34 million to make website improvements and smooth the transfer of data to insurance companies. MNsure has now received almost $190 million from the federal government.
Minnesota To Produce 1.34 Billion Bushels Of Corn The federal government predicts Minnesota farmers will produce 1.34 billion bushels of corn this year, up 40 million bushels from last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's production outlook for Minnesota also predicts corn yields averaging 168 bushels per acre, up eight bushels from 2013.
Feds: Minnesota Receives 173 Immigrant ChildrenThe federal government says 173 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed in Minnesota since the start of the year. The Office of Refugee Resettlement on Thursday issued a state-by-state breakdown of unaccompanied child placement. The figures show more than 30,000 children have been released to sponsors this year through July 7.
Health Watch: New Guidelines Encourage Pregnant Women To Eat More FishA recent survey of pregnant women found most are eating little or no fish. Now, the federal government is out with new recommendations to try to change that. The concern is bigger fish have higher mercury levels, which can harm a developing brain.
Klobuchar Concerned By Lack Of Public Transport To New USCIS OfficePlans to relocate a federal government office in the Twin Cities have gone off track, and all because of a bus stop. Many people who need to go to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Bloomington wouldn't be able to get there easily without public transportation. The office's current location is just a block away from a bus stop, but the office is scheduled to move this fall. Even though the office is still in Bloomington, it is at least 3 miles away from a Metro Transit bus stop.
Minn. Gets Federal OK For $58M To Aid VulnerableMinnesota has received approval from the federal government to direct $58 million over four years into services meant to help senior citizens and people with disabilities in their homes.
Reality Check: MNsure’s First MonthFriday is the one-month anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, widely known as "Obamacare." The rollout of the federal health care website has been fraught with problems. And while Minnesota's health care website MNsure isn't glitch free, it's running much smoother than HealthCare.gov. Minnesota's one of 16 states and the District of Columbia that set up their own health care exchanges.