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New legislation protects Hmong farming collective in Dakota County
The government won’t be allowed to forcibly take land away from the Hmong American Farmers Association Farm in order to build a highway expansion project.
BUSINESS & WORK
Uber, Lyft bill passes Senate; rideshare companies ask Governor Walz to veto
A bill establishing increased protections and compensation for ridesharing app drivers has strong support from Uber and Lyft drivers.
China’s loans pushing world’s poorest countries to brink of collapse
Dozens of poor countries are facing economic instability, including Pakistan, Kenya, Zambia, Laos, and Mongolia, many under the weight of billions of dollars in foreign loans from China.
Thailand’s opposition parties, after stunning election win, set plans to enlist allies to take power
Thailand’s top two opposition parties are planning for the next stage in their bid to replace the military-dominated government after a stunning election victory in which they captured a majority of seats in the House of Representatives. Businessman Pita Limjaroenrat led his opposition Move Forward Party to a first-place finish on Sunday, surpassing most expectations.
Cyclone floods homes, cuts communications in Myanmar; at least 6 dead, 700 injured
Rescuers have evacuated about 1,000 people trapped by seawater 12 feet deep along western Myanmar’s coast after powerful Cyclone Mocha injured hundreds and cut off communications.
Sudanese fleeing fighting in their homeland face uncertain future, unsure of return
Tens of thousands of people have fled Sudan to its northern neighbor Egypt amid brutal fighting between Sudan’s military and powerful paramilitary force. The displaced arrive exhausted after days on the chaotic roads that lead them to the southern Egyptian city of Aswan.
CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT
Minneapolis bans new heavy-polluting industries, limits existing facilities
City zoning created areas of high pollution in neighborhoods of color. A Minneapolis code change is trying to limit those sources.
Plans to close HERC required before Hennepin County can obtain state funds
Minnesota’s massive bonding bill awards Hennepin County $26 million for an organic waste processing project, but won’t give up the cash until they see a plan to close the HERC incinerator.
Roof Depot activists win historic deal to control site from Minneapolis
Minnesota legislators award funding to clear the way for East Phillips to purchase a long-contested site from the city and implement a vision for environmental justice.
Funding for Roof Depot site hangs in balance as Legislature nears end
An East Phillips group says it has a plan to purchase the building for urban farm project, but needs money from the Legislature.
CULTURE & COMMUNITY
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