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GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

The governor said Minnesota should use its strong financial position to invest in infrastructure, refurbishing buildings and other projects around the state.
Internationally, closed mines and refineries during the pandemic have contributed to major supply-chain shortages, increasing demand for rhodium, palladium and other precious metals found in the converters, which are designed to reduce vehicle exhaust emissions.
Both Democrats and Republicans put forward proposals to curb violence in the Twin Cities metro area weeks before the 2022 legislative session was set to start.
The Minnesota newcomer, Keith Steva, aims to make climate change his top priority.

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The Health Department estimated the cost of removing all lead pipes and plumbing fixtures in Minnesota would be $1.5 billion to $4.12 billion over 20 years.
He filed his statement of candidacy for 2022 in July.
ST. PAUL — U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Kevin Cramer are in Ukraine this week to reaffirm U.S. commitment to protecting the country from Russian aggression.
Minnesota's legislative session begins Jan. 31, and with a Feb. 15 deadline looming and few signs of compromise, it's likely a judicial panel will make the final call on the state's new maps for congressional and legislative districts.
State regulators said they wouldn't enforce the vaccine or testing requirement following the high court's ruling, but recommended that employers take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
After receiving extensive public feedback, the commission voted unanimously to continue its study of the custody half-point.

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The National School Boards Association asked the FBI to address harassment and threats at school board meetings across the country as parents packed meetings to oppose COVID-19 precautions and the way districts handled topics like race and gender.
Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday said the state would use federal funding to hire temporary health care staff to deploy around the state. Minnesota hospitals said the backup was welcome as they reported staff vacancies fueled by the omicron variant.
Vulnerable and indigent Minnesotans, particularly people of color, faced the ramifications of the staffing issues among the state's public defense offices.

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