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Jennifer Brooks is a regional reporter who covers stories around Minnesota and beyond.


Senate health deal could spare MinnesotaCare millions in cuts

Senators say Minnesota effort to lower insurance rates shouldn't cost state millions in federal health-care funding.


Weinstein's bad money put to good use by Minn. charity

For Sen. Al Franken, donations from the recently disgraced Hollywood producer were a political liability. For the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, where Franken's campaign redirected the money, that means hot food and warm socks for women in need in Minneapolis.


GOP Reps. Tom Emmer, Jason Lewis vote against disaster aid

As California burned and Puerto Rico struggled to get the lights turned back on, the House approved another $36.5 billion in disaster aid. Those funds…


Ex-FBI analyst challenges Nolan for DFL nod as Eighth District race heats up

DFLer Leah Phifer touts her experience as a counterterrorism expert.


As GOP eyes stronger judicial push, Franken fights to retain veto of home-state nominees

Clash heats up over power to veto court appointees.


Congress misses health care deadline; Minnesota feels pinch

An emergency infusion of federal funding will keep children's health insurance programs going for another month.


Carla Nelson of Rochester joins race to replace Walz in Congress

State Senate Republican holds subdued event in wake of Vegas shooting.


Sen. Klobuchar steers health care debate to middle ground

Minnesota senator shared the stage with Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, who sponsored the latest, likely unsuccessful, GOP attempt to dismantle the ACA.


Latest health bill in Senate could end up costing Minn. billions

The Graham-Cassidy bill could defund MinnesotaCare and shift funding from Minnesota to states like Wisconsin. "This takes us back several steps." a Minnesota health official says.


Dayton: 'Nightmarish' fed insurance process could cost state millions

The millions of dollars that Minnesota wants to spend to limit rate hikes in the individual health insurance market could cost the state millions more in federal funding for low-income health care.