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4 Things To Know For May 24, 2015

Here’s a look at the 4 things you need to know for May 24, 2015. They include the latest on the upcoming special session, same-sex marriage becoming legal in Ireland, and some new ways to beat the heat at Valleyfair.

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Daudt: Dayton Should Apologize For Remark About GOP, Schools

House Speaker Kurt Daudt says Gov. Mark Dayton should apologize for saying some Republicans hate public schools.

05/20/2015

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Dayton Says He’ll Fight To Preserve State Auditor Authority

A measure giving Minnesota counties more power to hire private firms for financial reviews now conducted by the state auditor is likely to be signed into law. But Gov. Mark Dayton says he won’t let it stay law for long.

05/19/2015

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2015 Session: What Was Accomplished, And What Wasn’t

Minnesota legislators scrambled to work out a completed budget before the stroke of midnight, but the 2015 legislative session ended in chaos. Lawmakers managed to pass a $42 billion, two-year spending plan, but the education bill in that budget does not include pre-K funding.

05/19/2015

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Legislature Passes New Buffer Plan In Budget Bill

A plan with stricter rules for buffer zones between crops and public waterways is on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton.

05/18/2015

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If It Comes To Special Session, When And Where Are Up In Air

If Gov. Mark Dayton follows through on an education bill veto threat, he’ll have to order lawmakers back to St. Paul for a second try.

05/18/2015

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What’s In $42 Billion? Minnesota’s Next Budget At A Glance

Minnesota’s Legislature descended Monday into the usual, end-of-session flurry of finalizing and passing bills.

05/18/2015

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Brewing Budget Deal Spares Health Program, Defers Tax Cuts

Minnesota’s legislative leaders have promised they’re making progress on a budget deal. Now they have something to show for it.

05/15/2015

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Despite ‘Fish Summit,’ Legislators Deadlocked In Budget Talks

Republicans and Democrats are far apart on the biggest spending bills of the year despite intense behind-the-scenes negotiations, and an unusual “Fishing Summit” on Saturday.

05/11/2015

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Lawmakers Cope With Waiting Season As Deadline Looms

A massive, friendly dog padded around Rep. Peggy Bennett’s office this week, hemmed in by a plastic fence he could easily jump.

05/08/2015

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Senate Cues Up Clash On Body Cameras, License Plate Readers

Minnesota’s Senate is setting up a clash with the House over body cameras and license plate readers.

05/07/2015

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GOP Senators Grill Commissioner Over MNsure, Nonprofit Woes

Senate Republicans are putting pressure on one of Gov. Mark Dayton’s commissioners.

04/30/2015

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With ‘Promise Zone’ Designation, Another Push For Universal Pre-K

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Minnesota on Tuesday and called the state a model for others. He announced that the White House has named Minneapolis a “Promise Zone.” That means the city can get a leg up on the competition when applying for federal grants that create jobs and help close the achievement gap.

04/28/2015

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Tuition Freeze’s Fate Uncertain At Capitol This Year

Students at Minnesota’s public colleges may have to brace for a tuition bump, as legislative appetite seems to have waned for moves to shift rising costs from students to the state.

04/27/2015

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Education Spending Bill Passes House, Heads To Senate

A highly contentious debate over education issues kept state lawmakers working through the weekend.

04/25/2015

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House GOP Finalizes Bid In Education Funding Debate

At a rally outside the capitol Saturday, activists say with a $2 billion surplus, now is the time to invest in education. Republicans want to use the surplus to lower taxes.

04/25/2015

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Senate OKs Budget Bill With Money For New Office Building

The Senate has passed a budget bill that funds state government and starts making payments on a new office building for state senators.

04/20/2015

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House Road-And-Bridge Funding Plan Clears Key Committee

The House plan to spend billions more on Minnesota road-and-bridge construction over the coming decade is moving forward.

04/13/2015

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Hillary Clinton To Announce Presidential Campaign On Sunday

Hillary Rodham Clinton will end months of speculation about her political future and launch her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign on Sunday, according to people familiar with her plans.

04/10/2015

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Klobuchar Picks Up The Pen To Write Memoir

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is writing a memoir. Publishing company Henry Holt and Company announced Thursday the Minnesota Democrat has penned “The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland.” It’s set to be published Aug. 25.

04/02/2015

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State Looking To Crack Down On Tax Suppressing ‘Zappers’

A high-tech device available online is said to be cheating the state out of tens of millions of dollars every year.

03/30/2015

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The Sunday Liquor Sales Ban Won’t Be Lifted This Year

Supporters of legalizing Sunday liquor store sales in Minnesota may have to put a cork in it this year.

03/25/2015

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Good Question: How Is ‘Natural Born Citizen’ Defined?

Ted Cruz announced Monday he’s running for President of the United States. The U.S. Senator from Texas was born in Calgary and moved to the U.S. with his family when he was four years old.

03/24/2015

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Ted Cruz Climate Change Comments Make Him ‘Unfit’ For Presidency

It’s no surprise that many right wing conservatives have questioned the validity of climate change, and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz’s position is no different.

03/24/2015

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GOP Lawmaker Targets Obama Climate Plan

House Republicans targeted a key element of President Obama’s strategy for fighting climate change, releasing a bill to delay the Obama administration’s plan to limit carbon pollution.

03/24/2015

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