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The news we're following on today's rundown: Facebook turns over Russia-linked ads to Congress; how Senate Republicans’ new health-care bill could hurt the fight against the opioid epidemic; and Texas food banks prepare to serve the long-term needs of Harvey victims.

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A St. Paul event, CodeSwitch, is part of the National Day of Civic Hacking on Saturday. (Matylda/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A hackathon this weekend aims to use computer code and real-life experience to solve pressing social problems. The two-day event in Saint Paul is part of the National Day for Civic Hacking, a four-year-old federal initiative to encourage community activists to harness the pow

Colleen Moriarty of Hunger Solutions says in the last couple of years, more Minnesotans lean on food shelves toward the end of the month. (Michael Swan/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – U.S. Census data released Thursday had mostly good news for Minnesota, as it continues to recover from the recession. Median income is up, as is the proportion of Minnesotans with health insurance, and the overall poverty rate is down. One pocket of bad news is the poverty

More than 250,000 Minnesotans have received concealed-carry permits since that legislation was passed in 2003. (Madison Scott-Clary/FlickR)

MINNEAPOLIS – Gun violence kills or injures almost 1,000 Minnesotans a year. And some of the best minds in the state aim to do something about it during the Northstar Public Health Conference on Gun Violence in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday and Thursday. Rev. Nancy Nord Bence, executiv

A Rally for Research will be held Saturday on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol. (American Heart Association)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Advocates hope a rally at the State Capitol this weekend will call attention to the importance of medical research. Several nonprofit organizations have stepped up to defend funding for the National Institutes for Health, which President Donald Trump has proposed cutting fo

Advocates hope GOP lawmakers think about who will be impacted before making another attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act. (Victoria Jordan)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Many people who would be hit hardest by cuts to Medicaid worry that their children will suffer if the Affordable Care Act is repealed as promised by President Donald Trump and Republican Party lawmakers, even though that plan failed last week. Lisa Hoffman Wojcik, developme

People age 50 and older are expected to be among those most dramatically affected by changes to the Affordable Care Act. (Ted Eytan/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's a new day for the health-care debate in the U.S. Senate. On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence had to break a tie to get senators to take up the repeal and/or replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Some insiders are calling what could come next "skinny repeal," meaning a ver

A new approach to investigating child sexual abuse should better equip small towns to deal with the problem. (First Witness)

DULUTH, Minn. – A conference today in Duluth brings together police, lawyers, social workers and doctors for a new approach to helping victims of child sexual abuse. Instead of dealing separately with various agencies and professionals, victims are interviewed only one time. A video of that

Republicans still are crafting a plan to end President Barack Obama's landmark health care bill. (whitehouse.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Families, workers, nurses and people of faith are asking Minnesota legislators what they are doing to protect and expand health care. The Select Committee on Health Care Consumer Access and Affordability has been discussing hardships state residents would face under health

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