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2040 carbon-free energy bill advances to Walz for signature

The state Senate narrowly approved a requirement along party lines that utilities meet escalating carbon cuts over the next 17 years. The House passed the bill last week.

Race to destroy 'forever chemicals' could become a multibillion-dollar industry

Several companies, including Claros Technologies in Minnesota, are trying to engineer ways to destroy PFAS chemicals.

Northern Metal Recycling fined for air pollution violations at Becker plant

The metal shredder must install pollution control measures.

Biden administration imposes 20-year mining ban on 225,000 acres of northern Minnesota

The move follows a study that concluded mining could damage the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness; Twin Metals mine had been slated for the area.

Trash at University of Minnesota's ReUse Program warehouse could be your treasure

The ReUse Program diverts hundreds of tons of material from landfills and incineration each year.

Woman whose son was found slain in car trunk indicted on first-degree murder charges

Julissa Thaler was already charged with second-degree murder.

Review frees Minnesota man imprisoned nearly 25 years

Thomas Rhodes was convicted of murdering his wife, but conviction review investigators say inaccurate testimony and withheld evidence wrongfully put him behind bars.

Minnesota DFLers push bills for carbon-free electricity by 2040

The 2040 standard would push utilities to ditch coal, natural gas and other planet-warming energy sources 10 years sooner than do current plans.

Minneapolis expands its network of sensors sniffing for toxic air

The city's air monitoring program is designed to bring data to residents, but some say more action is needed against industrial sites.

At stake in 2023 at the Capitol: Abortion, climate, marijuana, tax relief — and lots of cash to spend

We track the status of top issues in the 2023 legislative session.