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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.

11/13/2013

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Car-Sharing App Raises City Ordinance Questions, Irks Taxi Drivers

You 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.

08/31/2013

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Mom Of Murdered Oakdale Boy Speaks Out On Gun Laws

Nine-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.

06/15/2013

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Minn. Senate Passes Stripped-Down Gun Bill

The 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.

05/15/2013

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Scaled-Back Gun Bill Headed For Minn. Senate Vote

A 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.

05/14/2013

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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.

04/30/2013

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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.

04/20/2013

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Talking Points: Expanding Background Checks For Gun Sales

The U.S. Senate will be taking up a gun control bill that calls for expanding background checks to online and gun show sales.

04/14/2013

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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.

04/13/2013

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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.

04/09/2013

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Minn. Shooting Victim: Expand Background Checks

The mayor of Minneapolis and a man injured in the September mass shooting in town are calling on Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen to help pass a bill requiring background checks on all gun sales.

03/28/2013

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Senate Panel OKs Gun Bill With Background Checks

A Senate panel has passed a bill that would impose background checks on all gun sales, but that measure has many obstacles to tackle before becoming law in Minnesota.

03/14/2013

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Top Minn. Dem Doubts Expanded Gun Checks Can Pass

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says a proposal to require background checks on all firearm purchases probably lacks support to become Minnesota law.

03/01/2013

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Senate Chairman: Gun Focus On Background Checks

The Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee chairman says his focus in gun control legislation will be on expanded background checks, not banning assault weapons.

02/18/2013

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Reality Check: Minnesota Firearm Background Checks

Like all 50 states, Minnesota gun dealers are required to do a background check on weapons purchases.

01/16/2013

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