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Minnesota Now with Cathy Wurzer is journalism that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s reporting that puts people first with live, down-to-earth, unscripted interviews that aim to inform and entertain. Tune in to Minnesota Now weekdays at noon on the radio or the live audio stream at mprnews.org.

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As Minnesota's opioid deaths surge, community and state leaders aim to address disparities
Native people in Minnesota were ten times as likely to die from a drug overdose than white Minnesotans.
Black pregnant people are twice as likely to die in childbirth. How doctors are making pregnancy safer
There was a 40 percent increase in maternal deaths between 2020 and 2021. That rate was more than twice as high for Black pregnant people, whose maternal mortality rate was 70 deaths for every 100,000 live births.
March is Women's history month and for the second year in a row, Mill City Museum in Minneapolis is honoring the month with stories by and about women.
Lazzaro trial update: Fourth day of sex trafficking case
Testimony resumed Monday morning in the sex trafficking trial of Tony Lazzaro, a former political operative and top donor to the Minnesota Republican Party. Lazzaro is charged with sex trafficking five minors, girls who were 15 and 16 years old. MPR News reporter Matt Sepic has been following the case and he joined MPR News host Cathy Wurzer.
'Forever chemicals' pose serious health risks. Here's what Minnesota can do to address them
Lawmakers and activists gathered Monday morning in support of tougher restrictions on a suite of chemicals known as PFAS, or forever chemicals. This comes days after state agencies asked lawmakers for more than $45 million dollars for cleanup and management of PFAS.
Old buildings can carry a lot of meaning for some people. That's why a group in Homer Township near Winona, Minn. is organizing to save their old town hall building. Jeanne Nelson is a retired schoolteacher who lives in Homer. She joined MPR News host Cathy Wurzer to talk about her efforts and why the building is so special to her.
Jury selection begins in Minnesota lawsuit against e-cigarette company Juul
Jury selection begins in the state of Minnesota’s lawsuit against e-cigarette company Juul and tobacco giant Altria, which used to own part of Juul. Out of dozens of states that sued Juul beginning in 2019, Minnesota is the only one that did not settle.
If you’re trying to buy a home in the Twin Cities, prices last month cooled a bit, much like the temperatures. But they’re still up a couple thousand dollars from a year ago.
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