House and Senate emerge with medical marijuana compromise

Surrounded by advocates and lawmakers, Rep. Carly Melin describes provisions of an agreement on a medical cannabis proposal that is expected to come to a House vote Friday. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

The father of a child who would benefit from medical marijuana legislation said advocating for such legislation is like a wild roller coaster ride that went from the appearance of dead bills to speaking to representatives and senators to the compromise of today.

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Environmental Justice and Health Alliance report: People of color most vulnerable to toxic chemical disasters

Blacks, Latinos and other people of color, and low-income residents are disapportionately in harm’s way if a worst-case factory disaster occurs.

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When a pay raise costs too much

Minnesota’s anti-poverty programs are intended to incentivize work for those who are able, meaning that earning more money is usually a more lucrative deal than earning less money and remaining on public assistance. However, sometimes the numbers get a little wonky, creating “cliffs” where people lose a lot of assistance for earning just a little bit more money.

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Sen. Dibble letter to Dayton and Melin raises serious questions about House medical cannabis bill

Minnesota state senator Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis), author of the veto-proof Senate bill legalizing and regulating medical cannabis, has sent a letter to Governor Mark Dayton and Representative Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing) about medical cannabis observational study bill that the House passed Friday.

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House passes triclosan retail ban

Consumer products containing the anti-bacterial ingredient triclosan could be banned from store shelves.

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Feeling very "David and Goliath" as a 'Supermom against Superbugs'

Chicago O'Hare Airport 7:26 AM: I pulled out of our farmhouse driveway at 3:24AM and wondered if I'd make the plane. I'd overslept by over an hour and hadn't packed before hitting the pillow last night. I thought I wouldn't be able to drive my usual 70mph on I-94 into the Twin Cities because it would be three hours before the pedal-to-the-metal commuters would be screaming into Minneapolis. I hadn't realized that 3 AM belongs to the long-haulers and that they set an aggressive pace that sheltered my Impala from any radar sweeping the roads.

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House passes standard-setting bill for dealing with pregnant inmates

Since 2009, there have been 66 births by women serving time at the state’s women’s prison. Approximately a dozen women incarcerated there at any one time are expecting a child.

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Medical marijuana study moves to full House

Efforts laid out in HF1818 to legalize medical marijuana fell by the wayside in the House earlier in session because of concerns from law enforcement and the governor. But Rep. Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing), the bill’s sponsor, is now pushing legislation that would at least fund an observational study on the therapeutic effects on patients.

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Básicos de chinches de Extensión de U of M

Que es un chinche de la cama? Chinches son insectos pequeños y pueden ser muy difícil ver. Chinches adultos son planos, óvalos, y de un color café marrón, casi el tamaño de una semilla de manzana. Chinches adolescentes pueden ser muy pequeño y difícil para ver.

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Bed bug basics from UofM Extension

What is a bed bug? Bed bugs are small insects and can be very hard to see. Adult bed bugs are flat, oval and reddish-brown in color, about the size of an apple seed. Juvenile bed bugs can be very small, and hard to see.

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