Health Inc. Did Pox Virus Research Put Potential Profits Ahead of Public Safety? Listen · 4:48 4:48 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/585385308/586759980" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Smallpox virus, colorized and magnified in this micrograph 42,000 times, is the real concern for biologists working on a cousin virus — horsepox. They're hoping to develop a better vaccine against smallpox, should that human scourge ever be used as a bioweapon. Chris Bjornberg/Science Source hide caption toggle caption Chris Bjornberg/Science Source Smallpox virus, colorized and magnified in this micrograph 42,000 times, is the real concern for biologists working on a cousin virus — horsepox. They're hoping to develop a better vaccine … [Read more...] about Did Pox Virus Research Put Potential Profits Ahead of Public Safety?
Dozens of Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe members and supporters rallied with state and local leaders at the Capitol on Monday over the monthslong policing dispute between Mille Lacs County and the tribe. The band organized the rally to draw awareness about the impasse over public safety on reservation and trust lands. After working together for 25 years under a joint law enforcement agreement, the county said it severed ties with tribal police last year because of concerns about tribal police work — concerns that tribal officials say are meritless. Since then, negotiations over a new agreement deadlocked, mediation ended in an impasse and Gov. Mark Dayton unsuccessfully intervened to urge both sides to end what he called a “public safety crisis.” Last week, the dispute drew the attention of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, who traveled to Minnesota to meet with county and band leaders separately after receiving a letter about the issue. Tribal leaders say it was … [Read more...] about Amid “public safety crisis,” Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe holds rally to protest impasse with county
ONAMIA, MINN. – A 15-month dispute between county and tribal leaders over policing of the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation has drawn the ire of Gov. Mark Dayton, who is urging the two sides to quickly end what he calls a “public safety crisis.” After working together for 25 years under a joint law enforcement agreement, Mille Lacs County severed ties with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s police department in the summer of 2016 because of concerns about tribal police work. Tribal officials say those concerns are meritless and that the county’s decision to end the relationship jeopardizes public safety. Since then, negotiations over a new agreement have deadlocked, and mediation ended in an impasse. Hoping to resolve the conflict, Dayton met recently with county leaders at the Capitol to little avail. “There’s a big divide,” Dayton said afterward. “It’s just intolerable to have this impasse and it’s not any closer to … [Read more...] about Calling it ‘public safety crisis,’ Gov. Dayton orders end to county-tribal dispute
KEEP WORKERS DOWNTOWN I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read Sunday’s lead article in the Local section “Agency wants to move its emergency center.” Department officials want to move the Department of Public Safety emergency-management facility out of St. Paul to Arden Hills. Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t we just complete a transit system to move workers to employers downtown St. Paul? I have driven through downtown and I find it hard to believe we don’t have space in the east metro, Plato Boulevard or West Seventh Street for such a facility. Let’s put a call into the Port Authority and the City Council to help find space in our capital city to keep this entity in St. Paul. Dennis McGuire, St. Paul NO HELP IS NEEDED What possible motive is there for them, other than to steal some money for their area of the state when the settlement had nothing to do with their areas of the state? There are other fish to fry. Lyle Puppe, … [Read more...] about Letters: Keep public safety workers in St. Paul
By Eric Roper and Maya Rao Highlighting investments in public safety and initiatives to reduce racial disparities, Mayor Betsy Hodges offered many specific proposals Thursday for growing city services in her first budget speech. The mayor proposed raising the amount the city collects in property taxes, the property tax levy, by 2.4 percent. That's the largest increase in several years, on the heels of a boost in state aid after years of cuts. Hodges said more than half of the levy increase is due to inflation and rises in the cost of current services. The precise impact on homeowners remains to be seen, since the levy is spread out among the city's growing tax base. The mayor claimed more than half of homeowners would see no increase or a decrease in their taxes. "More than half of the proposed levy increase...maintains the status quo," Hodges said in prepared remarks. "When we voted last fall, however, we didn't vote for just the status quo. We didn't vote for business as usual." … [Read more...] about Hodges proposes 2.4% levy hike, more spending on public safety