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All you're listening to the heartland newsfeed radio network at live hot heartland use fee dot com. This stream is supported by advertisers and contributions by follow us on facebook twitter and instagram's the public service newscast avoid twenty fifth. Twenty twenty one. I by different a bill advancing in the minnesota house would establish a statewide paid family. Leave program are mike. Boorda reports is not the first time lawmakers have considered the idea but backers. Say the timing is right. Tell households of ended by the pandemic house filed twelve hundred what creative statewide fund for employers and their staff to pay into representing roughly two to three dollars a weekly earnings. The plan would then cover twelve weeks of partial wages for a worker dealing with a serious illness or caring for a newborn or another loved. One northfield city council member. Jessica petersen white says like many people. She's had to make difficult choices. Juggling a young child and her job because of the pandemic maternity leave lasted a little more than a week and then i was working harder than ever before to make sure my bookstore survived twenty twenty supporters say the fund would help working families deal with term effects of the crisis and could help reduce staff turnover but senate republican side the cost for small business owners and note that many employers offer their own plans. The bill also opposed by the minnesota chamber of commerce cleared a house committee this week while the minnesota house version is seeing some movement. It's unclear whether the companion bill in the senate will get a hearing louis dejoy the battle postmaster. General said wednesday. He's not going anywhere as he faces. Withering criticism of his leadership of the us postal service and calls for president. Joe biden to oust him that from political testifying at a house oversight and reform committee meeting. Dejoy said he intended to be around a long time. Get used to me. He said politico notes joys resolve may be put to the test soon as by nominated three people to fill open seats on the board that determines post pastors fate with that. Come see opportunity to get rid of dejoy. An election in washington's largest city and making elections better reflect the will of voters is getting some new funding more nat from eric. Tough the center for election science is making a seventy thousand dollar grant to seattle approves and for other groups around the country. Seattle approves wants to change the city's primary elections so that voters select all the candidates they support rather than just one logan bowers ran for seattle city council and twenty one. Thousand nine hundred. He saw voters struggle with the crowded field of candidates and thinks approval. Voting would make the process easier to candidates that have similar views. They don't have to worry that their votes going to be split and then both candidates will lose and so the net result that if the candidates that make through tend to be favored or approved by more voters voting reform groups were also chosen in the san francisco bay area austin texas missouri and utah. This is p. ns federal regulators have issued a preliminary permit now for a pumped power project using water for blink powell but conservation groups say climate change could make that plan on sustainable. The project would pump water from the lake. Drain it downhill to a generator and send the power to massive batteries for storage. The twenty two hundred megawatt project but supply cities in arizona california and nevada over lines previously used by retired navajo generating station but gary walkner with the group save. The colorado says falling water levels will make the colorado river basin unreliable source of water starting to build billions of dollars worth of infrastructure in this lake and in the system that is clearly in severe decline. It's strange way to try to generate a lot smarter faster easier ways. Generally i am from stories. Hydro the permit gives the developer daybreak power. The go-ahead to negotiate for land use rights and finalized plans for the project but conservation groups. Say the three point. Six billion dollars would be better invested in solar and wind power projects. mark richardson. reporting. The data is a big drop just over nine percent. In the number of indiana students apply for federal student aid this year. Experts say that could mean a big red flag for college enrollment. The national college attainment network cracks fast food free applications for federal student aid. Morally keller is networks director of technical assistance if the fastest. They're already running just under ten percent behind and fast are very strong indicator about the likelihood to enroll in college. We may be getting set up for another significant drop.