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New Minnesota Law Grants Vets Temporary Licenses

Military service members and spouses trained as teachers, police officers, hair stylists and other professions requiring state certification could begin working immediately if they relocate to Minnesota through a new law that grants them temporary licenses.

05/22/2014

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Top Lawmakers Strive For Session-Ending Bargain

Top Minnesota lawmakers are working to set the terms of a deal on tax cuts, new state spending and borrowing for construction that would enable them to end their session. Democratic leaders of the House and Senate said Thursday that they were closing in on a framework.

05/01/2014

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Minn. Senate Panel Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

A Minnesota Senate panel has approved legislation that would legalize medical marijuana. The chamber’s Committee on State and Local Government advanced the legislation after questions on how a program would be set up and run.

04/29/2014

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Job Fair Held For Vikings Stadium Workers

Politicians said the new Vikings stadium would create jobs, and Thursday we have some proof. A job fair was held at the Sabathani Community Center in north Minneapolis to connect the construction firms involved in the stadium with skilled workers. The firms aim to recruit women, minorities and veterans to work on the project, due in part to a provision of the stadium legislation which sets aside a percentage of jobs for these groups.

04/03/2014

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Dayton Downgrades Chance Of Medical Pot Passing

Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday downgraded the chances of medical marijuana becoming legal in Minnesota this year before he met privately with those who want the drug to be a treatment option for people with debilitating diseases.

03/13/2014

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For Domestic Violence Victims, Promise In GPS

A pilot program that uses GPS technology to monitor when alleged domestic violence offenders get too close to their victims has shown promise in Ramsey County, say authorities who want to continue offering it as an option to help keep victims safe.

03/09/2014

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Controversial Anti-Bullying Legislation Goes Before MN Lawmakers

Hundreds of students held a rally at the State Capitol Monday in favor of a bill to put more teeth in the state’s anti-bullying law. At just 37 words, Minnesota’s bullying law among the shortest and weakest in the country.

03/03/2014

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Drone Debate Lands Before Minn. Lawmakers

Fears of prying from the sky have some Minnesota lawmakers seeking clamps on law enforcement’s use of unmanned aerial drones to gather evidence.

02/02/2014

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Good Question: How Did MLK Jr.’s Birthday Become A Nat’l Holiday?

The third Monday of every January is one of ten national holidays that government employees get every year. Most children have no school and every state and federal employee receives a paid day off. The first official observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday was on January 20, 1986 – 18 years after the Civil Rights leader was shot. But David Chang, a professor of U.S. history at the University of Minnesota, says the idea for the holiday came just four days after the assassination in 1968.

01/20/2014

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In Wake Of Shootings, More Security Coming To State Capitol

Minnesota is one of 14 states that allow handguns in its State Capitol building. State officials are taking a fresh look at security after mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., and the Navy Yard in DC, after getting the results of a nationwide survey of capitols.

11/05/2013

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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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Bill Hopes To Stop Unethical Breeders In Minnesota

Animal advocates went to the Capitol looking for some high profile support from Minnesota’s official first dog owner.

02/19/2013

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U Of M Responds To Report Criticizing Its Spending

The University of Minnesota is now defending itself against allegations of wasteful spending.

01/11/2013

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Farm Bill Extension Not Popular In Upper Midwest

Leaders of many farm groups in the Upper Midwest aren’t pleased that Congress has extended the current farm bill rather than pass new legislation.

01/03/2013

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Mother Of Motorcycle Crash Victim Seeks New Laws

The mother of the motorcyclist who was killed in a crash this week is calling on legislators to feel her pain and try again to enact a mandatory helmet law in the state of Minnesota.

06/08/2012

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