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Lawmakers Reach Deal To Hike Minimum Wage To $9.50

Minnesota legislative leaders appear to have reached a deal to raise the state’s minimum wage. No details have been announced, but top lawmakers called a news conference for Monday morning to discuss an agreement.

04/07/2014

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Single Sort Recycling Starts In St. Paul

Recycling just got easier, and more inclusive, in St. Paul. Starting Monday, residents can put all recyclables into one bin for pickup. They can also recycle more plastics — things like produce and deli containers, yogurt cups, and shampoo bottles.

04/07/2014

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Appeals Court Orders New Trial For St. Paul Priest

The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a sexual misconduct conviction and ordered a new trial for a St. Paul priest accused of having sex with a woman who was seeking his spiritual advice. The 22-page ruling said the lower court made several errors during Christopher Wenthe’s trial. Wenthe was convicted in 2011 of third-degree criminal sexual conduct after a woman reported the sexual conduct.

04/07/2014

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2 Arrested After Chase, Suspected Burglaries

A 26-year-old man was arrested Monday, after leading police on a chase from St. Paul to Cottage Grove, Minn. Officials say the man had multiple felony warrants out for his arrest.

04/07/2014

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Minnesota State Parks Chief Touts Legacy Funding

The man who has run Minnesota state parks for the past decade counts himself fortunate that voters gave him some extra money to spend. Courtland Nelson, 62, retires April 21 as director of the Parks and Trails Division of the Department of Natural Resources.

04/07/2014

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1 Injured In St. Paul Shooting, Police Looking For Suspect

One person is in the hospital after a shooting on the west side of St. Paul Sunday evening, according to police. Police say the shooting occurred at 8 p.m. on the 900 block of Central Avenue West.

04/06/2014

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Man In Serious Condition After Hit-&-Run In St. Paul

St. Paul Police believe a hit-and-run that left a 25-year-old man critically hurt may have been intentional. Neighbors who witnessed what happened say it appeared that way.

04/06/2014

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Light Rail Practices Emergency Drill in St. Paul

Metro Transit police, St. Paul police and fire and Rail Operations are taking part in an emergency drill for St. Paul’s downtown Light Rail Sunday afternoon. The drill will go from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of University Avenue and Raymond Avenue.

04/05/2014

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Dog Disrupts Traffic On I-94 Near Downtown St. Paul

It was an interesting afternoon for drivers on Interstate 94 near downtown St. Paul, Minn. Saturday. A large white dog was walking down the shoulder of the interstate. Traffic was stopped several times as drivers tried to avoid it.

04/05/2014

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Police Search For Suspect In St. Paul Burglaries

St. Paul police are seeking help in the search for a man they believe is behind a rash of burglaries. Investigators believe the same man is behind at least four business break-ins. The break-ins occurred at Core Power Yoga on Grand Avenue, Steele Fitness on Grand Avenue, the Minnesota Museum of American Art on East 4th Street and the Victory Ramp Deli on North Wabasha Street.

04/04/2014

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Minn. House Passes $322M Budget Plan

The Minnesota House has approved a budget plan that would spend another $322 million of the state’s surplus. Debate went late into the night Thursday as lawmakers, mostly minority Republicans, offered some 40 amendments.

04/04/2014

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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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St. Paul Police Need Help Identifying Serial Burglar

St. Paul Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man responsible for several burglaries. Police released still images from surveillance footage on Thursday of a man they believe to be the suspect in at least four burglaries in the downtown area. Anyone with information is asked to call St. Paul Police’s burglary unit at 651-266-5737.

04/03/2014

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Archdiocese: Archbishop Cooperated With Deposition

The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis is disputing the suggestion that Archbishop John Nienstedt didn’t cooperate fully with a court-ordered deposition. Nienstedt was deposed Wednesday over his handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations.

04/03/2014

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$15M For Pothole Repairs Would Just Be A Band-Aid On The Problem

Thick clouds of white steam rose Wednesday from freshly laid, hot asphalt in St. Paul. Workers shovels were a gooey black as they scooped the asphalt from the bed of a dump truck and patted it down into holes along Snelling Avenue.

04/02/2014

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