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Uber Riders Concerned After Driver Accused Of Sex AssaultUber is revisiting its safety procedures after one of its drivers was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting one of his riders last Sunday in Dallas, Texas. Court records claim Talal Chammout recently served federal prison time for weapons charges and other crimes that should have prevented him from being cleared to drive for Uber.
GOP Lawmakers Call To Arm More Military MembersA group of GOP legislators on Monday announced a bill in the works to exempt active duty members of the military and Minnesota's National Guard from the state's gun permitting process. The legislation is expected to be introduced next year.
Lawmakers Worry Over Background Check Gap With Hiring Nurses Some Minnesota legislators met on Friday to determine if there's a gap in the system when it comes to nurses and background checks. It's a gap that's preventing employers from finding out if a nurse has a criminal history.
Car-Sharing App Raises City Ordinance Questions, Irks Taxi DriversYou may start to see a lot more vehicles with pink mustaches on the streets of St. Paul. A new, free car-sharing app called Lyft connects drivers and passengers. Twenty-six-year-old Rebecca Swanson has climbed aboard the bandwagon simply by having a smartphone and a car.
Mom Of Murdered Oakdale Boy Speaks Out On Gun LawsNine-year-old Devin Aryal loved soccer. His mother, Missy Aryal, wears the medals he won. "We were inseparable. He always told me that we were super glued unless we were working or at school. And nothing could ever break the super glue," Aryal said. But in February, Aryal and her son were shot on their drive home from daycare. She remembers hearing pops as she was about to turn at this intersection.
Minn. Senate Passes Stripped-Down Gun BillThe Minnesota Senate has approved scaled-back revisions to state gun laws that do not include an expansion of background checks for gun purchases. The Senate approved the bill Wednesday on a 58-9 vote.
Scaled-Back Gun Bill Headed For Minn. Senate VoteA significantly scaled back bill to revise Minnesota's gun laws is headed for a vote in the state Senate, with the blessing of a vocal gun-rights group. The proposal was revised Tuesday to remove language that could be construed as expanded background checks or limitations on lawful gun transactions.
As Gun Measures Stall, Rural Dems Hold Key Rural Democrats' opposition to changing Minnesota's gun laws casts doubt on what legislation, if any, will pass this year to tackle gun violence.
Background Check Bill Dead, But Gun Debate Continues What happened in Boston this week has made many think twice about personal safety. And for some, it makes them think about guns. This week, the senate killed a bill that would mean people need to get background checks before buying firearms.
Talking Points: Expanding Background Checks For Gun SalesThe U.S. Senate will be taking up a gun control bill that calls for expanding background checks to online and gun show sales.
Esme's Blog: A Sandy Hook Mother's Plea Today Francine Wheeler, who lost her 6-year-old Ben in the Sandy Hook massacre, gave the President's Saturday radio address pleading for action on gun control measures.
Improving Gun Background Checks Would Cost $1.1M Lawmakers' plans to improve Minnesota's background check system for gun sales would cost the state almost $1.1 million.
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