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Today is "Go Red for Women," national wear red day. The American Heart Association's annual event raises awareness that heart disease is the leading killer of women -- a lot of people mistakenly think it's cancer. And while cancer is very serious, heart disease actually takes more women's lives than all forms of cancer combined. The campaign strives to raise awareness and help women to take preventative action to reduce their personal risk factors for heart disease. Quitting smoking, eating healthy, and getting exercise on a regular basis can help reduce your risk of a heart attack.
100-percent of Minnesota's electricity will have to be carbon-free by 2040, under legislation the Minnesota Senate passed just before midnight and sent to Governor Tim Walz, who has said he'll sign it. Pine City Republican Jason Rarick says Minnesota utilities will have no negotiating leverage, if they have to buy "renewable energy credits" from other states to meet the goal: "We know that's what is going to end up happening, and it is gonna drive prices through the roof." Electric utilities will have to stop using coal and natural gas a decade earlier than Xcel Energy and Minnesota Power planned -- [...]
Democrats in the Minnesota House last night (Thurs) passed a bill to restore voting rights for felons who have served their jail or prison time. Sponsor, New Hope Democrat Cedrick Frazier: "They are our neighbors, our friends.... They have jobs. They help take care of their families. They pay taxes, but in our representative government, they are deprived of the foundational right to vote." Republicans say felons' voting rights should not be restored until they've finished probation and paid all fines, fees and court-ordered restitution. Cambridge Representative Brian Johnson told Democrats the victims live with consquences every day from the acts [...]
(Bowdon, ND) -- Police have released the name of the Minnesota man killed in a snowmobile accident on January 25th. 67-year-old Bruce Hanson of Jackson crashed into a field in Bowden, North Dakota. There were no witnesses to the crash, and it remains under investigation.
(Bloomington, MN) -- Police are investigating after three people were found dead in Bloomington last night. Officers discovered their bodies inside a truck in the parking lot of a business. There's no word on cause of death, but the department tweeted that they aren't looking for any suspects.
(Washington, DC) -- House Republicans are booting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from a key committee. The House voted in favor of ousting the Minnesota Democrat from the Foreign Affairs Committee as punishment for controversial comments she made about Israel. Ahead of the vote, Omar said it was no surprise the new GOP majority was targeting her and her voice in Congress won't be diminished. House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries called the move "political revenge."
(St. Paul, MN) -- "Black Minnesotans deserve to live and work free from discrimination." That's what Governor Tim Walz said after signing the CROWN Act into law yesterday. The act makes it illegal to discriminate against natural hairstyles and textures, such as braids, locks, and twists.