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Good Question: What’s The Difference Between First, Second and Third Degree Murder?

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office could file charges as early as Tuesday against Pierre Collins in the death of his 10-year-old son, Barway. On Monday, the Crystal Police Department announced they’d arrested […]

04/13/2015

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Minnesota Walmart Employees Earning At Least $9 An Hour

Every Walmart employee in Minnesota is now earning at least $9 an hour. The pay raises for more than 7,700 Minnesotans went into effect last Saturday.

04/08/2015

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Dayton Signs Bill To Permanently Seal ‘Reformed Offender’ Records

Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law Wednesday making it easier to erase the criminal records of some offenders. The law could affect thousands of Minnesotans.

05/14/2014

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Gov. Dayton Prepared To Sign Minimum Wage Bill

Gov. Mark Dayton plans to sign the minimum wage bill into law on Monday, bringing one of the country’s lowest rates to one of the highest in the nation.

04/13/2014

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The Winter Driving Law You May Be Breaking

There’s a law you may not know about that you could be breaking this winter. In Minnesota, drivers are required to clear their car windows of snow before driving. Scraping may seem pretty standard, but a lot of people aren’t doing it. Officers say that’s caused a string of accidents.

02/11/2014

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Lawmakers Working To Get Compensation For The Wrongfully Imprisoned

A push is underway to compensate people who were exonerated for crimes for which they were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned.

01/28/2014

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Personal Stories Used As Spin Over New Health Law

When Jennifer Slafter first ran the numbers, she thought the new federal health care law would cost her family an extra $171 a month for an insurance plan with a higher deductible. So the 40-year-old stay-home mom from southeastern Minnesota felt compelled to go public with her frustration.

12/08/2013

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Obamacare Key Dates In 2014

Implementation of the health reform law continues through 2014 with these key dates.

11/25/2013

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High Court: Firm Subcontracts Not Public Under Law

The Minnesota Supreme Court says a private business working on a construction project for the St. Louis County School District does not have to provide subcontractor data under open records laws. The decision reverses an earlier ruling by the state Court of Appeals.

11/20/2013

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Surly Brewing Building Its New ‘Destination Brewery’

Surly Brewing Company is kicking off the development of its new “Destination Brewery.” Founder Omar Ansari said the 8.3-acre site will feature a 50,000 square foot building with a brewery, a beer garden, and restaurant.

10/29/2013

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10-23-13 Tom Petters Hearing On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Can he get his 50 year sentences reduced? Dave finds out.

10/23/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Try For Handle On Synthetic Drugs

Minnesota state legislators are struggling with how to craft new laws that would effectively combat the growing use of synthetic drugs. Several state House committees met Wednesday to strategize how to address problem that medical and law enforcement officials say is rapidly getting worse.

10/09/2013

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Extra Patrols Remind Minn. Motorists To Move Over

The Minnesota State Patrol is reminding motorists to move over if they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road. Authorities are issuing the reminder in honor of state Trooper Ted Foss, who was making a traffic stop on Interstate 90 in Winona when he was hit by a passing vehicle and killed 13 years ago.

08/31/2013

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Potential Issues As 1.3M Minnesotans Get Health Care Coverage

The push is on to get 1.3 million Minnesotans to sign up for insurance under the new health care law. The program is called MNsure, goes into effect Jan. 1, and anyone can buy health insurance through the program, though there will be significant federal subsidies for low-income patients.

07/02/2013

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New Minn. Law Allows More Childhood Abuse Lawsuits

Adults who suffered childhood sexual abuse and want to file civil lawsuits will have much wider access to the courts under a bill awaiting Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature.

05/23/2013

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PAC Stands By Lawmakers Who Passed Gay Marriage

On Wednesday, lawmakers who took a risk by supporting the bill are getting some political help. A political action committee has formed just for them, as lawmakers who voted yes might need help to get re-elected — some admitted the vote might have hurt them back home.

05/15/2013

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Gay Marriage Momentum Expands To 2 Midwest States

The national momentum on gay marriage has been limited mostly to the East and West coasts, but it looks like that’s about to change.

05/08/2013

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Right-To-Die Group Member Charged In Minn. Dies

A member of a right-to-die group facing assisted-suicide charges in Minnesota has died after a long battle with prostate cancer.

03/26/2013

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After WCCO Report, Lawmaker Wants Playgrounds Safer, Cleaner

There’s a call for change after a WCCO report. Last week, WCCO shared the results of a germ test from some Twin Cities indoor playgrounds.

02/28/2013

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Bill Would Enshrine ‘Minnesota Blue’ Poem In Law

A poem that serves as a tribute to the state of Minnesota is in line for a tribute itself.

02/13/2013

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Good Question: How Can States Pass Laws That Contradict Federal Law?

The voters in Colorado and Washington State were clear in approving ballot initiatives that make using small amounts of marijuana legal. But the federal law is equally clear, classifying marijuana as an illegal drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act. So how can a state pass a law that contradicts federal law?

11/07/2012

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Judge Lets MN Enforce Key Parts Of Disclosure Law

A federal judge says Minnesota can enforce the key parts of a challenged state law requiring political groups to disclose campaign fundraising and spending.

10/12/2012

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Judge Hears Challenge To Minn. Same-Day Voting

Conservative critics of Minnesota’s same-day voter registration system told a federal judge it allows too many ineligible people to cast ballots.

06/22/2012

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Good Question: How Far Can You Go In Defending Someone?

Investigators in Texas say they have no intention to arrest a father who killed a man while trying to protect his 4-year-old daughter.

06/12/2012

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Dayton Signs Law Permitting Prosecutors To Carry Guns

As part of a new law recently signed by Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota prosecutors now have the right to carry firearms — even in the courthouse.

04/12/2012

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