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Costs Of Major Minnesota Capitol Renovation Creeping Up

A major renovation of the state Capitol is threatening to run $30 million over budget, state officials advised lawmakers Friday. Documents released to a commission overseeing the overhaul show the extra costs stem from water damage repairs, security improvements and other costs. Those overruns would increase the total cost by about 10 percent, to more than $300 million.

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Uber Drivers, Supporters Rally Against Proposed Legislation

Many people watching March Madness games at local bars may use Uber to get home Thursday night. But supporters of the ride-share program say a bill at the Capitol would make working in the Twin Cities impossible. “I love driving Uber,” driver Dustin Simko said.

03/19/2015

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Civil War Buff At Capitol Could Help Would-Be Documentary

A Civil War buff in a powerful position at the Capitol could help a push to get state money for a documentary on Minnesota soldiers.

03/16/2015

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Crisis Behind Him, Dayton Faces Different Budget Pressure

A $1 billion surplus sounds like plenty for Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers to spread around for new education initiatives, tax cuts and road and bridge improvements.

01/25/2015

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Minnesota Sees Tax Collections Outpace Projections Again

Minnesota’s coffers are $212 million fuller than state finance officials thought they’d be at this stage.

01/12/2015

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Things To Know As Lawmakers Return

An altered power structure, new faces, old fights and an unrecognizable Capitol building will shape the Legislature’s 2015 session.

01/04/2015

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St. Paul Bustling As Twin Cities Marathon Nears

It’s a little wet and a little chilly, but that’s not stopping die hard runners! Runners from around the country, and right here at home, are in town for the Twin Cities Marathon that takes place Sunday.

10/04/2014

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More Guards Planned For Minnesota Capitol Complex

More uniformed security personnel are being hired to help keep watch on the state Capitol and nearby buildings. An advisory task force on Capitol security heard Wednesday that four additional state troopers and as many as two dozen trained security officers will be hired now that the Legislature has increased the security budget.

06/25/2014

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Dayton Off To Washington For Meetings, Lynx Honors

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is off to Washington for high-level meetings and a presidential tribute to the Minnesota Lynx, the WNBA’s reigning champs. Dayton was scheduled to be in the capital city for two days, starting Wednesday. His itinerary included a meeting with Minnesota’s two senators and the secretary of the Interior about federal funding for the multi-state water project that is vital to southwestern Minnesota.

06/11/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

A monthly chat with Jordan Goodman and other highlights can be heard by clicking the LINK ABOVE.

06/10/2014

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Artwork On The Move During Capitol Restoration

One by one, Minnesota’s governors are leaving the Minnesota State Capitol, carefully carried away, and crated. As the Capitol begins a massive restoration, the building’s artwork is temporally heading to a new home.

05/28/2014

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Podcast Page: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-22-14

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05/22/2014

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What Did 2014 Legislature Do For You? Here’s What

As Minnesota lawmakers break from the Capitol for the campaign, they leave behind a tale of two sessions. Last year: tax increases to fix a broken budget. This year: tax breaks from a budget surplus.

05/17/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-12-14

To listen to Monday’s editon of THE MORNING TAKE with BLOIS OLSON  click  To hear MIKE MAX discuss THE WILD and BLACKHAWKS GAME 5, Click To listen to MANKATO ATTORNEY ALLEN ESKINS talk about PHILIP […]

05/12/2014

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Senate Office Project Foe Objects To Bond Request

A former Minnesota lawmaker is objecting to the state’s demand that he cover millions of dollars in costs if he ends up delaying construction of a new Minnesota Senate office building.

05/07/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-5-14

The CEO of Target Corp. steps down. Dave Lee discussed it this morning….for those interviews and others, CLICK THE LINK ABOVE.

05/05/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-1-14

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05/01/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 4-29-14

Wild win in Game 6! To listen to Mike Max and Sid Hartman’s Recap, Click the LINK ABOVE to go to the Podcast Page

04/29/2014

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4-25-14 BILL PENDING FRESHMAN LEGISLATOR!

The latest on our favorite INDEPENDENT FRESHMAN LEGISLATOR.

04/25/2014

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Advocates Of Medical Marijuana Continue To Ask Gov. To Reconsider

Advocates of medical marijuana aren’t giving up at the State Capitol, despite opposition from Gov. Mark Dayton. A bill to legalize medical marijuana is stalled at the legislature, but supporters — including mothers of sick children — are asking the governor to reconsider.

04/03/2014

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The Podcast Page! The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 3-31-14

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03/31/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee—————-Friday 3-28-14

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03/28/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The Morning News With Dave Lee 3-24-14

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03/24/2014

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WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee – 3/17/14

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03/17/2014

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Lottery’s Venture Into Online Sales Fuels Backlash

A month after instant “scratch-off” Minnesota Lottery ticket sales went live on the Internet, the pioneering venture faces a high-powered threat at the Capitol. The Senate leaders of both parties and tax committee heads in both chambers are seeking a one-sentence change in state law to permanently turn off the new portal for gambling. Among other issues, lawmakers are upset that lottery officials introduced the games without seeking their approval through explicit legislation allowing it.

03/14/2014

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