Life-saving legislation: A new law to prevent heroin overdose deaths

With more and more fatalities each year, heroin overdose has become a statewide epidemic. Minnesota’s heroin-related deaths in 2013 almost doubled from 2011 and the upward trend continues.

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1,000 march in Minneapolis to protest Israeli bombing of Gaza

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More than 1,000 people of many ethnic groups and many faiths gathered at 44th and Central in Northeast Minneapolis to rally in support of the Palestinian people on the day Israel invaded Gaza with army troops. The death toll is estimated at 274 Palestinians, mostly children and women, and two Israelis. The rally was organized by the Anti-War Committee.

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Locked Up, Locked Out: Community event covers daily effects of a criminal record

(Photos by Emily Terrell)

TakeAction Minnesota hosted a community conversation on July 12 with the Minneapolis Urban League called Locked Up, Locked Out to give a personal voice to the everyday challenges faced by individuals with a past criminal record.

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170 to 14: Deputies want a new Hennepin County Sheriff

Wow, deputies endorse the new candidate for Hennepin Sheriff, Eddie Frizell, not the incumbent Rich Stanek, by a vote of 170 to 14 votes. There must be some serious reasons because I am sure that endorsing against one’s current boss is a risk. An announcement is expected out soon.

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As another 'long, hot summer' threatens North Minneapolis, community members gather to talk solutions

After the latest rash of violence on Minneapolis’ North Side over the last couple of weeks, community residents and civic leaders are all searching for ways to stop it. Many are calling this the 21st Century’s version of “a long, hot summer” in the city.

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Interviewing skills, values help MPR reporter uncover church's secrets

Photo by Keoni Cabral published under Creative Commons License

Madeleine Baran isn't used to being in the spotlight. The Minnesota Public Radio reporter is more comfortable asking the questions and listening to others' stories.

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Minnesota’s Palestinian and Jewish communities react to escalating clashes in Mideast

Meredith Aby-Keirstead, spokesperson of the Anti-War Committee that organized the Tuesday demonstration. (MinnPost photo by Ibrahim Hirsi)

Escalating violence in the Mideast is prompting local demonstrations of solidarity with Palestinians as well as reactions from Minnesota lawmakers and a leader in state’s Jewish community.

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Murdered Palestinian teen's family protest in Minneapolis, demand US cut Israeli aid

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In Minneapolis, family and friends of Mohammad AbuKhdar took to the streets to protest after the Palestinian teen was kidnapped by Israeli settlers, tortured, forced to drink gasoline and burned to death. This was shortly after the bodies of three Israeli teens were discovered, allegedly killed by Palestinians. The Israeli government has launched a series of retaliatory raids against the Palestinians.

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Peace of Hope in Minneapolis connects prisoners and their families

Sharon Brooks, founder and president of Peace of Hope, has increased services in north Minneapolis through her 2-year-old nonprofit organization. (MinnPost photo by Ibrahim Hirsi)

Sharon Brooks was only 12 years old when she thought of becoming an advocate for African-Americans with family members in prison.

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