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March 29, 2018 - 7:29 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Protest organizers could be financially and criminally liable if their event leads to property damage in Minnesota under a proposed bill. The House Public Safety committee advanced the Republican-backed bill Wednesday over objections from Democrats and civil rights groups...
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March 28, 2018 - 8:03 am
Vice President Mike Pence is in the Twin Cities Wednesday to discuss the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's impact on the area. He arrived on Air Force Two Tuesday to deliver a speech on President Donald Trump’s major tax reform bill that was signed into law three months ago. The vice president will be...
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March 27, 2018 - 6:34 pm
Universal pre-Kindergarten was a major focus last legislative session at the capitol in St. Paul, but Gov. Mark Dayton says funding is in jeopardy in 59 districts and charter schools across the state. The legislature approved $50 million in one-time funding last year, while Dayton had requested $...
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March 27, 2018 - 9:48 am
Leaders on Minnesota's Liberian community say Saturday could be chaos, if a deportation protection program is allowed to expire. They led a large group that gathered at the state capitol on Monday to call on President Trump to extend the Deferred Enforced Departure. The program is scheduled to end...
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March 26, 2018 - 7:36 pm
The Minnesota Legislature signed off Monday on a 2 percent raise for the state's 30,000 public employees, but a plan to plug a budget shortfall in the state's pension for 500,000-plus retirees remains in flux. Underfunded pensions and state employee contracts have been controversial at the Capitol...
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March 23, 2018 - 7:07 pm
The wife of Minnesota Governor Orville Freeman, Jane Freeman, died Friday morning at the age of 96. Freeman and her husband helped build the Democratic Farmer Labor party after World War II. She’s the mother of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. “Mom was an extraordinary woman,” said Mike...
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March 21, 2018 - 8:25 am
A new bill introduced at the capitol would expand the state's DWI law umbrella to include more types of substances. Right now, if a substance is not listed as a controlled substance, the driver cannot be charged with a DWI. That means everyday substances that can be abused for a high cannot be...
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March 20, 2018 - 1:55 pm
The Minnesota House public safety committee voted Tuesday against re-igniting debate over two gun reform measures on the deadline for them to advance in this current session. One of the bills would require universal background checks; the other would allow for what’s called an “extreme risk...
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March 20, 2018 - 8:40 am
A DFL state representative will try, perhaps one last time in this legislative session, to get two gun safety proposals from the Public Safety Committee to the floor. Representative Dave Pinto of St. Paul has proposed two bills, one for enhanced criminal background checks, the other for what's...
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