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New data shows Americans' incomes still stagnant after recession

The economy's slow recovery continued into 2013 as U.S. household median income barely rose last year. The United States' median income is still $5,000 lower than it was in 2007 at the beginning of the recession.

More health symptoms reported near ‘fracking’ natural gas extraction

New study shows higher rates of health symptoms from people living near natural gas wells.

Some good news - and a bunch of bad news - on pesticide levels in U.S. streams

Analyzing studies conducted by reputable organizations is a crucial part of understanding the topics journalists write about. MinnPost writer Ron Meador takes a look at an environmental study prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey that provides a look at how water quality is being assessed and what pollution levels means about the way we live.

Influx of disabled residents leads to clashes in senior housing

Tensions are rising in Minnesota between people with disabilities and the elderly who are sharing subsidized housing more and more because of efforts to move the disabled out of group homes and institutional settings.

Prison firm CCA seeks to reduce number of repeat offenders

Government clients are pressuring private prison companies to help inmates stay out of prison after returning home.

Boom in energy spurs industry in the Rust Belt

In Ohio, industries including manufacturing, hotels and real estate are being transformed because of the energy boom from fracking shale.

Opioids are high on the list in Rx drug-return effort

With opioids killing thousands of Americans every year, Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday announced a drug return program that authorizes hospitals and pharmacies to take surplus drugs.

Stop and Seize

A program that allows police officers to seize cash and contraband, meant for large sums of money or drugs, is now being used to confiscate thousands of dollars from ordinary citizens. It can take a long and expensive court battle to get the money back from police.

Insider traders in U.S. face longer prison terms, Reuters analysis shows

Big profits from illegal insider trading schemes have led to more prison time for offenders. The average sentence from the past five years was up about 30 percent compared to the previous five-year period.  

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