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How to Fix America’s Recidivism Crisis

Will giving ex-cons more medicine help keep them out of prison?

The hidden cost of gun violence: Meet a mother and her 7-year-old with PTSD

 The effects of untreated post-traumatic stress disorder on neighborhoods already struggling with unemployment, poverty and the impact of the war on drugs are being studied. 

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.