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Biden Discusses Abortion Access Options With Dem Governors

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden told Democratic governors Friday that he is “looking at all the alternatives” for protecting abortion access following the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. One day after returning from international summits in Europe, Biden described the ruling as “tragic” and warned that Republicans could try to enact a nationwide ban on abortion if they retake control…

Don’t Put Gas Down The Sewer, Met Council Warns After U Of M Sewer Explosion

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Don’t flush gas or other flammable materials down the toilet. This is the message from the Metropolitan Council on Friday after sewer explosions forced evacuations at the University of Minnesota on Thursday. The Met Council says it is monitoring conditions across the sanitary sewer system and at the Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant on Friday after the explosion on campus….

Jackson Sworn In, Becomes 1st Black Woman On Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in to the Supreme Court on Thursday, shattering a glass ceiling as the first Black woman on the nation’s highest court. The 51-year-old Jackson is the court’s 116th justice, and she took the place of the justice she once worked for. Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement was effective at noon. Moments later, joined by her family, Jackson recited the two oaths…

Supreme Court: Biden Properly Ended Trump-Era Asylum Policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Biden administration properly ended a Trump-era policy forcing some U.S. asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico. The justices’ 5-4 decision for the administration came in a case about the “Remain in Mexico” policy under President Donald Trump. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the decision and was joined by fellow conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh as…

Supreme Court Limits EPA In Curbing Power Plant Emissions

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a blow to the fight against climate change, the Supreme Court on Thursday limited how the nation’s main anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. By a 6-3 vote, with conservatives in the majority, the court said that the Clean Air Act does not give the Environmental Protection Agency broad authority…

Biden Backs Filibuster Exception To Protect Abortion Access

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that he would support an exception to the Senate filibuster to protect access to abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. “If the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights,” Biden said during a press conference in Madrid, where he was attending a NATO summit. The Democratic president said there should…

Surprise January 6th Committee Hearing

In this surprise hearing on Tuesday Cassidy Hutchinson, who was a special assistant and aide to former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, provided her testimony. Hutchinson stated Meadows said, “things might get real real bad.” Giuliani also told her it was going to be “a great day” and “we’re going to the Capitol.” This was the 6th hearing and…

Duluth City Council Begins Process Of Filling 4th District Seat After Van Nett Passing

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth city council will move forward with filling the vacant seat left by city councilor Renee Van Nett, who passed away from cancer earlier this month. Van Nett represented the fourth district, and the process will only be open to residents of it. Those interested will have until June 27th to apply. After that, council will start…

Klobuchar: Bill Passes Congress to Help Combat International Shipping Woes

DULUTH, Minn. – A recently passed bill by Congress could help the Twin Ports’ international shipping business. The Ocean Shipping Reform Act passed the House June 13.  it would prohibit international shipping carriers from discriminating against companies looking to export goods from the U.S.  It also gives the Federal Maritime Commission authority to investigate these issues.  It also gives them…

Biden Focuses On Workers As High Inflation Remains A Risk

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Joe Biden told the largest federation of labor unions on Tuesday that he’s working to rebuild the U.S. economy around workers, an attempt to draw a contrast with Republicans who have increasingly attracted blue-collar votes. “We should encourage unions,” Biden said. “I’m not just saying that to be pro-union. I’m saying it because I’m pro-American.” The…

1/6 Panel Postpones Hearing With Ex-Justice Dept. Officials

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol has postponed a hearing for later this week that was to feature dramatic testimony from former Justice Department officials who threatened to resign over then-President Donald Trump’s pursuit of false election fraud theories. The hearing had been set for Wednesday, but the committee on Tuesday morning…

Senate Negotiators Announce A Deal On Guns, Breaking Logjam

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate bargainers announced a bipartisan framework Sunday responding to last month’s mass shootings, a noteworthy though limited breakthrough offering modest gun curbs and bolstered efforts to improve school safety and mental health programs. The proposal falls far short of tougher steps long sought by President Joe Biden and many Democrats. Even so, the accord was embraced by…

Capitol Riot Panel Blames Trump For 1/6 ‘Attempted Coup’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has laid the blame firmly on Donald Trump, saying the assault was not spontaneous but an “attempted coup” and a direct result of the defeated president’s effort to overturn the 2020 election. With a never-before-seen 12-minute video of extremist groups leading the deadly siege and startling testimony from Trump’s…

Gov. Walz, Senators Tour International Falls Flood Damage Saturday

The lawmakers toured the Emergency Operations Center, sandbagging sites, and various areas of flood damage.

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn.- On Saturday Governor Tim Walz and U.S. senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith got a first-hand look at the damage historic flooding has caused in International Falls. The lawmakers toured the Emergency Operations Center, sandbagging sites, and various areas of flood damage. Back in April the governor authorized the national guard to support emergency flood operations in…

Biden Evacuated after Plane Entered Airspace Near Beach Home

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) – The White House says a small private airplane entered restricted airspace near President Joe Biden’s Delaware vacation home on Saturday, and that led to the brief evacuation of the president and first lady. The White House says there was no threat to Biden or his family and that precautionary measures were taken. After the situation…

Protestors in Duluth Wear Orange Demanding Rep. Stauber Votes for Gun Reform

About 30 activists organized by the group the Northland Brady Chapter demanded Congressman Stauber vote yes on the Protecting Our Kids Act.

DULUTH, Minn.- Enough is enough – that was the message from protestors near Representative Pete Stauber’s (R MN-08) office in Duluth Friday, sporting the color orange for Wear Orange, or National Gun Violence Awareness Day. They join the growing calls for gun reform across the nation. Signs protestors waved included “protect kids, not guns” and quotes from the parents of…

Where Minnesota’s Federal Lawmakers Stand On President Biden’s Proposed Gun Restrictions

(AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)(FOX 9) – Ahead of President Joe Biden’s primetime speech on addressing gun violence, FOX 9 asked all nine of Minnesota’s members of Congress for interviews on what they would like to see done. Only one federal lawmaker, Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, agreed to an interview Thursday. “There are just so many solutions out there, and we can’t continue to…

Planned Parenthood Workers In 5 Midwest States Seek Union

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – About 400 workers at Planned Parenthood offices in five Midwestern states plan to unionize. The move comes as their employer deals with the potential loss of business in states where abortions may become illegal if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. Ashley Schmidt is a training and development specialist for Nebraska and western…

Biden: US Would Intervene With Military To Defend Taiwan

TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, declaring the commitment to protect the island is “even stronger” after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It was one of the most forceful presidential statements in support of Taiwan’s self-governing in decades. Biden, at a news conference in Tokyo, said “yes” when asked…

Social Security Tax Eliminated Under Minnesota Lawmakers’ Deal

FOX 9 —  Minnesota lawmakers have agreed to eliminate the state’s tax on Social Security income, cut individual income taxes, and expand the renter’s credit under an end-of-session deal. The state’s bottom income tax bracket will be cut from 5.35% to 5.10%. Tax filers pay the bottom rate on the portion of their income up to $41,050 for married couples…

Biden’s Approval Dips To Lowest Of Presidency: AP-NORC Poll

(AP) — President Joe Biden’s approval rating dipped to the lowest point of his presidency in May, a new poll shows, with deepening pessimism emerging among members of his own Democratic Party. Only 39% of U.S. adults approve of Biden’s performance as president, according to the poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Research, dipping from already negative ratings…

Forsman Running for Minnesota House of Representatives

Primary elections begin August 9.

DULUTH, Minn.- Today is the first day for candidates to submit their affidavit for candidacy to run for federal, state and local offices in Minnesota. Duluth city council president Arik Forsman is submitting his candidacy to represent House district 8B in the Minnesota state legislature. Right now, he is one of three DFL candidates running for the seat, alongside Breanna…

Duluth Councilor Renee Van Nett Ends Senate District 8 Campaign with Tweet

Van Nett announced her campaign as a DFL candidate back in March

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s 4th District City Councilor Renee Van Nett has announced on Twitter Friday night she is withdrawing from the race for Minnesota Senate District 8. Van Nett announced her campaign as a DFL candidate back in March, challenging first-term state senator Jen McEwen. “Thank you all for your support of my campaign to represent Duluth in Senate District…

Mayor Paine Delivers State of the City Address, Ideas for Future

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Superior Mayor Jim Paine delivered his State of the City address at the old historical post office Thursday afternoon, which is the future site of a one stop business center. The economic growth, addition of new apartments, and restoration of historical properties were just a few items on the agenda that Mayor Paine outlined in his address….

Minnesota Senate Democrats Try To Force Abortion Debate

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate Democratic minority tried unsuccessfully to force consideration Thursday of nine abortion and health-related bills that the Republican majority has kept bottled up in committee, saying it was critical to take a stand even though they lacked the votes to prevail. The leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn the landmark…

MN Ovarian Cancer Alliance ‘Disappointed’ New Lift Bridge Lighting Policy Won’t Include Requests

The Lift Bridge will be lit for nine national holidays/special days decided by Mayor Emily Larson's administration. Enger Tower will accept public requests.

DULUTH, Minn. – One of the most vocal organizations in support of lighting Duluth’s Lift Bridge for special causes is “disappointed” Mayor Emily Larson’s new policy still restricts that from becoming a reality after public scrutiny on her prior policy. It was late Friday when Larson released the new policy, which will light the iconic structure for nine national holidays…

Biden: US Sending Another $150M in Assistance for Ukraine

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) President Joe Biden on Friday authorized the shipment of another $150 million in military assistance for Ukraine for artillery rounds and radar systems in its fight against Russia’s invading forces. Biden says the latest spending means his administration has “nearly exhausted” what Congress authorized for Ukraine in March and called on lawmakers to swiftly approve a more…

Karine Jean-Pierre To Be Next White House Press Secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday named Karine Jean-Pierre to be the next White House press secretary, with incumbent Jen Psaki set to leave the role next week. Biden is also bringing back longtime Democratic strategist Anita Dunn as his senior adviser. She had served in the Biden White House last year for several months after Biden was…

Sen. Klobuchar Hosts Virtual Roundtable With Police Chiefs About Spike In Violent Carjackings

MINNESOTA — Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota recently hosted a roundtable on the rise in carjackings that has hit both the state and the rest of the country. Carjackings have spiked over the past two years, especially in metro areas like the Twin Cities. At the virtual roundtable, police chiefs spoke about how tough the crime is to combat, along…

Report: Draft Opinion Suggests Supreme Court Will Overturn Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft opinion circulated among Supreme Court justices suggests that earlier this year a majority of them had thrown support behind overturning the 1973 case Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a report published Monday night in Politico. It’s unclear if the draft represents the court’s final word on the matter. The Associated Press…

Frontline Workers Will Get Bonus Checks By Summer, Minnesota Officials Say

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – It will take 10-12 weeks before Minnesota workers who were on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic receive bonus checks, Gov. Tim Walz’s administration officials estimate. State officials expect 667,000 people from 15 eligible industries will apply for the rewards. The checks are likely to be around $750, though they will be larger or smaller depending…

‘He Changed The Nation’: Former VP Walter Mondale Honored At Memorial Service

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Former Vice President Walter Mondale was remembered by friends and family on Sunday as a man who fought for what was right and who loved Minnesota — and was loved back by Minnesota. Speakers ranging from President Joe Biden to Senator Amy Klobuchar, a former Mondale intern, to historians and family members came together Sunday to honor the…

UPDATE: Gov. Walz Signs Bill on Unemployment Insurance, Bonus Checks for Frontline Workers

About 667,000 workers will be eligible for the $750 bonus checks.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Both chambers of the Minnesota Legislature pushed through a bill to give bonuses to workers who were on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic and to replenish the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund following months of negotiations, and Governor Walz signed it into effect on Friday evening. Legislative leaders struck a deal late Wednesday…

Mayor Larson: New Lift Bridge, Enger Lighting Policy To Be Released Week Of May 1

Duluth’s Lift Bridge lit for Ukraine DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Mayor Emily Larson told FOX 21’s Dan Hanger on Friday that she’ll be releasing her updated lighting policy sometime next week after getting heavy scrutiny from the public two months ago over the previous policy that did not accept any special requests to light the iconic Lift Bridge different colors…

Lawmakers Reach Deal On Unemployment Insurance, ‘Hero Pay’

(AP Photo/Steve Karnowski) ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota legislative leaders have reached a deal to refill the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund and to pay bonuses to frontline workers. The tentative agreement includes $2.7 billion to replenish the trust fund and pay back a debt to the federal government for jobless aid, and $500 million for frontline worker bonus…

Biden to Speak at Memorial in Minneapolis Sunday for Former VP Mondale

White House press secretary Jen Psaki says Biden wanted to attend because of the “important, personal relationship” he had with Mondale.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – President Joe Biden plans to speak at a memorial service on Sunday for former Vice President Walter Mondale, who died last April at age 93. The service was delayed by the pandemic. Biden will travel to Minneapolis for the event at the University of Minnesota. Biden has described Mondale as a “dear friend and mentor” and “one…

Judge Finds Donald Trump In Contempt In New York Legal Fight

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge found former President Donald Trump in contempt of court and set in motion $10,000 daily fines Monday for failing to adequately respond to a subpoena issued by the state’s attorney general as part of a civil investigation into his business dealings. Judge Arthur Engoron said a contempt finding was appropriate because Trump…

GOP Business Owner Michels Running For Wisconsin Governor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican business owner Tim Michels is entering the Republican primary for Wisconsin governor. Michels comes late to an increasingly crowded field but has the personal wealth to back his campaign. Michels filed paperwork Friday to run. He joins former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, former U.S. Marine Kevin Nicholson and state Rep. Tim Ramthun in the race…

Walz Calls For Deals, Seeks To Mend Fences In Fourth State Of The State

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, delivering his first State of the State speech inside the Capitol since 2019, called on lawmakers to unite in the final four weeks of the legislative session. In Walz’s 55-minute speech, he urged the divided Legislature to move forward on his stalled agenda, while acknowledging that much of it is…

Disney Government Dissolution Bill Signed By DeSantis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Friday to dissolve the private government Walt Disney World controls on its property in the state, punishing the entertainment giant for opposing a new law that critics call “Don’t Say Gay.” The move is expected to have huge tax implications for Disney and further sour the relationship between the…

Superior Council Unanimously Approves Tourism Contract with Duluth-Based Swim Creative

According to the Mayor, Swim Creative can now begin their campaign immediately.

SUPERIOR, Wis,- Superior City Councilors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a tourism contract worth $250,000 to a marketing agency based out of Duluth called “Swim Creative.” Superior Mayor Jim Paine says the choice was between 3 bidders, but in his book, Swim Creative rose to the top. According to the Mayor, they were the best at reaching out to citizens…

Divided Minnesota Legislature Will Return With Much Undone

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A deeply divided Minnesota Legislature returns from its Easter-Passover break Tuesday. Lawmakers have just five weeks left to decide what to do with the state’s $9.25 billion budget surplus plus $1 billion in unspent federal pandemic relief. There’s been little meeting of the minds between the House Democratic and Senate Republican majorities. They have yet…

Kelly Westlund Announces Run for Senate

SUPERIOR, Wis. — A former City Councilor from Ashland announced her candidacy for Wisconsin state senate at Empire Coffee in Superior today. Kelly Westlund announced she would run as a democrat for senate district 25. Westlund has worked under Senator Tammy Baldwin in the past, she says she wants to focus on expanding access to affordable healthcare, extending broadband access,…

Kelly Westlund Announces Candidacy for State Senate

Former Baldwin Staffer to Run for Senate District 25

Ashland, WI – Today, Kelly Westlund, a longtime resident, former city council member, and community advocate from Ashland, announced her candidacy for Wisconsin State Senate District 25. Westlund, who has served as the Northwest Regional Representative for U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin since 2015, will run to replace State Senator Janet Bewley, who is retiring from public service at the end…