Dayton Orders Flags To Half-Staff For Fallen FirefightersGov. Mark Dayton is ordering state and federal flags to be lowered to half-staff in Minnesota on Sunday, in honor of firefighters who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.
Rally Held In Support Of Police At State CapitolSaturday is national "Thank A Police Officer Day." Supporters say officers should be respected every day, but they believe that's not happening, as protests against police continue.
Crews Finish Installing Memorial Honoring Military FamiliesAt the Minnesota State Capitol Thursday, crews installed the final piece of a memorial honoring family members of military veterans.
Lawmakers Prepare For First Session Out Of Capitol Building Since 1881Minnesota lawmakers will soon be meeting in special session, though Friday's talks ended with no deal in place. It's not clear whether they'll plan to meet over the weekend to try to hammer out the details.
Newly Approved Features Bump Up Capitol Remodeling CostLandscaping, perimeter security needs and other late additions to Minnesota's major remodel of the Capitol will push the overall cost to $307 million, project planners said Wednesday.
Minnesota House Defeats Sunday Liquor Sales In Close VoteIt was last call Tuesday at the Minnesota State Capitol for Sunday liquor store sales. The Minnesota House defeated Sunday sales, shutting down the effort for another year. The Senate defeated a similar measure two weeks ago.
Minnesota Jewish Community Gathers At State Capitol In Remembrance Of Holocaustolocaust Remembrance Day, which was Thursday, honored the more than 6 million Jews and others killed throughout Europe during World War II. Survivors and their families lit candles outside the State Capitol Sunday, and shared stories of that gruesome period.
House GOP Wrestles With Cost, Politics In Picking 2016 HomeThe Capitol is in disarray thanks to a massive renovation and it will only get worse in 2016. The House could stay in its chamber for the 2016 session but state officials estimate that would cost $500,000 or more and could hinder ongoing repairs.
Costs Of Major Minnesota Capitol Renovation Creeping UpA 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.
Wolf Hunting Opponents To Gather At Minnesota CapitolOpponents of wolf hunting gather at the Minnesota Capitol Thursday to celebrate a court decision that put the region's wolves back on the endangered list. It's being organized by Howling for Wolves, which opposes sport hunting and trapping of wolves.
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Lawmakers Work To Finish Tax Bill, Disaster Aid PackageThe short week at the Minnesota Legislature means less time to complete work on some time-sensitive matters. Legislators were returning to St. Paul on Tuesday. By week's end, they hope to send Gov. Mark Dayton a bill containing about $20 million in tax deductions and credits.