State Officials Say 2016 Child Abuse Numbers Up 25 PercentState health officials say reported child abuse and neglect numbers rose dramatically last year, by as much as 25 percent from 2015.
Report: MN Human Services Dept. Pays $59M In Overtime Since 2013A legislative audit shows overtime pay at one of the state government's largest agencies has reached $59 million in the past three years.
Sheriff: 22-Month-Old Child Dies At Anoka County Day CareAuthorities say a day care in the north Twin Cities metro has been closed while the death of a toddler is under investigation. The Anoka County Sheriff's Office says 22-month-old Cameron Lange died during an incident at a day care in Circle Pines.
Study: Doulas Can Improve Birth Outcomes For Low Income WomenA new University of Minnesota study says low income women who get support from a doula during the pregnancy end up with fewer dangerous and costly birth complications.
MN Contests Safety Violations At St. Peter Security HospitalThe Minnesota Department of Human Services is contesting citations it received earlier this month for workplace safety violations at the state's largest hospital for people considered mentally ill and dangerous.
Effort To Shift Health Care For Low-Income Residents UnderwayState officials are in the middle of a massive effort to shift hundreds of thousands of low-income residents to new health care plans. It's a byproduct of a statewide bid for the companies that cover enrollees on MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance.
Panel Grants Sex Offender Conditional Release From LockupA judicial panel has granted a 47-year-old man conditional release from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, despite objections from medical experts and program officials.
St. Cloud Protesters Say Speaker Made Negative Comments About Somali RefugeesAccusations of racism are dividing one Minnesota community. A group protested in St. Cloud Saturday after a speaker allegedly talked about the effects of Somali immigrants moving to the city.
St. Peter Hospital Worker Hurt After Attack By PatientA female staff member at the state hospital in St. Peter is being treated for injuries after being assaulted by a 16-year-old patient. The Minnesota Department of Human Services is investigating the incident at the Minnesota Security Hospital.
Reality Check: Minnesota's Sex Offender Treatment ProgramMinnesota's sex offender treatment program is getting sharp scrutiny after a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional. It turns out that Minnesota locks up more dangerous sex offenders than almost anywhere else.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Nurse Accused Of Illegally Accessing Patient RecordsA nurse with a history of narcotics theft illegally accessed a state database that contains prescription drug records for 1 million Minnesotans, all under the supervision of government entities that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
Baby Safe Homes: Minn. Couple Helps Baby Proof Young Family HomesAccording to research by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, over a 10-year period there were 83 deaths at day care facilities across the state. <a href="https://edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Public/DHS-4189F-ENG" target="_blank">Five percent of those were from choking</a>. So, it is important to ensure that all homes containing young children are as safe as possible.