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Reynolds rejects Biden's call for $100 vaccine incentives

Jul. 30, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has no plans to offer $100 incentives to Iowans to get the coronavirus vaccine after President Joe Biden pleaded with states and local governments to use federal funds to entice people to stop the rapid spread of a virus variant, an aide said...

Biden sees shortages to stop climate-change fueled wildfires

Jul. 30, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

President Joe Biden is sounding the alarm about the need for more resources to fight a series of wildfires in western states, as climate change has worsened the spread and ferocity of the blazes. “Our resources are already being stretched to keep up,” Biden told a...

EXPLAINER: Is Minnesota doing enough to limit evictions?

Jul. 30, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions that was enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after the Biden administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September has been the...

Canadian wildfires causing air quality concerns in Minnesota

Jul. 30, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An air quality alert remained in effect for most of Minnesota as the state deals with smoke from Canadian wildfires that has created some of the highest particulate readings on record. Gov. Tim Walz and several other governors plan to talk virtually...

The Latest: US health officials to release new COVID-19 data

Jul. 29, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- U.S. health officials are expected to release new data about the spread of COVID-19 on Friday that led to their decision to recommend that vaccinated people wear masks in some situations, a reversal of previous guidance. The report, to be released by the...

Minnesota offers $100 rewards to unvaccinated who get shots

Jul. 29, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota will join in the Biden administration's plan to provide $100 incentives to residents who get COVID-19 vaccinations by mid-August, Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday. President Joe Biden announced the rewards as part of sweeping new pandemic...

Panel weighs COVID bonuses for Minnesota's frontline workers

Jul. 28, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Health care, school and food workers who risked their lives at the height of the pandemic made pitches Wednesday for a piece of the $250 million in COVID-19 relief money that Minnesota plans to allocate as bonuses to essential frontline workers. They...

Violent crime surges across Minnesota with record murders

Jul. 27, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Violent crime surged nearly 17% across Minnesota last year, including a record number of murders, according to data released Tuesday by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The annual Uniform Crime Report covers a year marked by unrest over the...

Walz says 'clean car' rules haven't hurt in 14 other states

Jul. 26, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota on Monday became the first Midwestern state to adopt a plan for encouraging the switchover to electric vehicles as Gov. Tim Walz predicted that someday people will wonder why there was such a fuss. The Democratic governor visited...

Labor agreements reached for thousands of state employees

Jul. 23, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Thousands of state employees in Minnesota would get a raise and a new paid holiday if labor contract agreements are finalized. Minnesota's two biggest state employee unions on Thursday reached agreements with negotiators from Gov. Tim Walz's...