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At Issue: July 7 - New law fighting opioids, U of M's new president and update on Norm Coleman's cancer

Updated: July 07, 2019 04:24 PM

New Laws & Regulations Now in Effect

Governor Tim Walz has signed a bill into law aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic in Minnesota. The new bipartisan law puts a fee on opioid manufacturers and distributors to help communities battling addiction. It also sets aside money for intervention treatment and recovery. Minnesota prisons will now also be able to hire 78 officers over the next two years, due to money set aside in the Public Safety Budget Bill. The top three priorities are to find more officers for Oak Park Heights, Stillwater and Faribault prisons.

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New President at University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota officially has a new president. Joan Gabel began her position as the university's first female president on Monday. Before coming to Minnesota, Gabel was Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of South Carolina. The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents unanimously elected Gabel into her post late last year. She has a five year contract.

State Senator Housley Not Running Next Year

State Senator Karin Housley said she will not run for U.S. Senate next year. She will instead be running for re-election as a State Senator. Housley represents Forest Lake and the Stillwater area. She lost in the U.S. Senate election last fall to current Senator Tina Smith.

City of Minneapolis Increases its Minimum Wage

The City of Minneapolis has increased its minimum wage. It increased to $11 for small businesses with 100 or fewer employees, and increased to $12.25 for large businesses that have more than 100 employees. Minneapolis plans to increase its minimum age to $15 an hour for all businesses by 2024.

Former U.S. Senator Undergoing Surgery

Former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman says his lung cancer has returned. In a Facebook post, Coleman revealed he is expected to undergo surgery later this month. He says doctors will remove about a quarter of his lungs. Coleman was first diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer nearly 6 months ago. He underwent chemotherapy and it was gone.

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