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MNsure Gets Extra $34M From Feds For Upgrades

Minnesota’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.

01/07/2015

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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.

08/13/2014

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Feds: Minnesota Receives 173 Immigrant Children

The 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.

07/24/2014

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Health Watch: New Guidelines Encourage Pregnant Women To Eat More Fish

A 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.

06/10/2014

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Klobuchar Concerned By Lack Of Public Transport To New USCIS Office

Plans 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.

02/10/2014

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Minn. Gets Federal OK For $58M To Aid Vulnerable

Minnesota 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.

11/20/2013

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Reality Check: MNsure’s First Month

Friday 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.

11/01/2013

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Ex-Gov. Jesse Ventura Speaks On Shutdown With WCCO

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is rarely short on opinion, and he weighed in on the federal government shutdown with WCCO’s Nina Moini on Sunday. Ventura was at the Mall Of America, signing copies of his latest book.

10/14/2013

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Former Gov. Ventura Likens Gov’t Shutdown To Terrorism

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has compared the federal government shutdown to an act of terrorism and he’s pushing a petition for people to voice their displeasure.

10/07/2013

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Talking Points: Who’s To Blame In Gov’t Shutdown?

The government shutdown is headed into its second week, but Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she is hopeful that a compromise backed by 22 moderate House Republicans to fund the government for six weeks so a deal can be reached could lead to a breakthrough.

10/06/2013

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U.S. Government Work Is Losing Cachet For Some

There was a time when being a federal employee meant a steady paycheck, great benefits and pride in serving the country. But these days, many federal workers are frustrated, anxious and growing tired of being pawns in a never-ending political struggle over government funding.

10/06/2013

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What’s Affected Locally By The Federal Government Shutdown

It’s official, the federal government is partially shut down Tuesday morning for the first time in 17 years. This comes after the Senate rejected a House bill to fund the government. The shutdown will have an effect on about 18,000 federal workers here in Minnesota. Many of them will be furloughed. Some Government services will also be disrupted.

10/01/2013

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Minn. Authorities Welcome Change On Drug Sentences

Minnesota authorities and defense attorneys are welcoming the federal government’s plans to ease up on drug sentences. They’re pointing out that Minnesota already has one of the country’s lowest incarceration rates because it’s been practicing what U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been proposing for some 30 years.

08/13/2013

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Reality Check: Sequester’s Impact On Minn. Is Lower Than Most

Minnesotans could suffer from those budget cuts too. Some over time, and some right away.

03/01/2013

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Street Signs Getting New Look Across The Twin Cities

Keep an eye on street signs. They’re all being swapped out everywhere because the federal government has new sign standards.

02/28/2013

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How The White House Says Sequestration Could Affect MN

Time is ticking away before $85 million is stripped from the federal government. The White House laid out a detailed look at how the state of Minnesota will be affected unless a deal is made by Friday.

02/25/2013

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Feds Give Minnesota $39M For Health Insurance Exchange

The federal government has given Minnesota a $39 million grant to continue developing the health insurance exchange that’s a major part of the Obama administration’s health care overhaul.

01/17/2013

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Ramsey County To Buy Land Considered For Vikings Stadium

Ramsey County will soon own a piece of land, which for a short time, was considered for a new Vikings Stadium.

11/28/2012

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Cutting Flex Spending Accounts In Half Worries Families, Doctors

About 35 million Americans have flex spending accounts, which allow them to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for healthcare costs that aren’t covered by insurance.

11/27/2012

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CBS Business Reporter Rebecca Jarvis Visits On The WCCO Morning News

Rebecca Jarvis called into the WCCO Morning News for a fiscal cliff update with Dave Lee.

11/15/2012

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Feds Cut Number Of MN Clinics That Got NECC Drugs

The federal government now says 111 Minnesota clinics received drugs from a Massachusetts pharmacy at the center of a fungal meningitis outbreak. That’s 18 fewer clinics than state officials reported last week after receiving a different provider list, and they don’t know why the number changed.

10/26/2012

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Tribes Want Federal Regulation Of Internet Gaming

With some states readying to start online gambling, Native American tribal leaders are calling on the federal government to step in as it did with brick-and-mortar gambling and establish regulations that ensure tribes get a piece of the action without having their revenue taxed and their sovereignty compromised.

07/26/2012

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Minn. To Take Part In Emergency System Test

It’s only a test, but Minnesota public safety officials say now is a good time to have an emergency kit in your home and an emergency plan for your family.

11/09/2011

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Debt Ceiling Debate Impacts American Investors

CBS Moneywatch Editor at large Jill Schlesinger talked with Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News

07/25/2011

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Good Question: Where Do Your Federal Tax Dollars Go?

By Jason DeRusha, WCCO-TV MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On tax day, we’re reminded of all the money we spend on state and local taxes every year, but we don’t get a receipt. So what does our […]

04/18/2011

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