The Daily Populous

Thursday March 9th, 2023 evening edition

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday signed an executive order designed to protect gender-affirming health care access in Minnesota, a step he says will make Minnesota safer for the LGBTQ+ community as they face increased political attacks nationwide.

In this state, love and acceptance is what we preach and we will live by that," Walz said.

It instructs state agencies to protect access to these health care services and unless compelled by court order, they are to not comply with investigations in other states where surgeries or treatments or banned or seriously limited.

RELATED: Gov. Walz signs "driver's licenses for all" bill into law.

Nearby South Dakota recently outlawed gender-affirming care for minors and Iowa is on the path to do the same.

Many medical groups, though, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, support youth access to care.

"There's nothing in this world that I wouldn't do to protect her and others like her," he said. »

Belgium bans gambling advertising from July 1

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"And for those who want to get rid of their gambling addiction, the tsunami of gambling advertising is an additional problem.".

Gambling advertising will be banned from television, radio, cinemas, magazines, newspapers and in public spaces.

The government argued that the ban follows scientific research showing that advertising encourages gambling addiction and contributes to gambling-related debt. »

PS5 marks biggest ever month in Japan, with sales up over 450%

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It’s the first time PS5 has outsold Nintendo Switch in a calendar month in Japan.

PS5 sales are up 457% year-on-year in Japan for February, having sold 65,772 units in February 2022.

Due to the lack of significant market penetration of Xbox in Japan, it’s likely that most of these sales were on PS5, potentially spurring the huge sales month. »

Russia launches largest missile strike against Ukraine in months

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This sixteenth mass missile strike appears to be the largest Russian missile attack in months.

Since October, Russia has carried out repeated attacks against Ukraine that resulted in serious damage to 40% of the country's critical energy infrastructure.

Previously, during the Feb. 16. mass strike, Russia launched 32 missiles at Ukraine, while on Feb. 10, there was a total of 71 missiles launched. »

California won't renew $54 million contract with Walgreens

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Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that California will not renew its multimillion dollar contract with Walgreens after the company said it would not dispense medication abortion in multiple states where abortion is legal.

“Under this contract, Walgreens has received about $54 million from the State,” the statement said.

In a statement, Walgreens spokesman Fraser Engerman said the company was "deeply disappointed by the decision by the state of California not to renew our longstanding contract" due to what he called "false and misleading information.”. »