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Minnesota Tees Up Golf License Plates For Sales This Summer

Minnesota golfers will soon have a new way to reflect their seasonal passion year-round: By slapping a special golf-themed license plate on their cars. After some back and forth with plate promoters, state vehicle services officials have signed off on a design and say sales of the “Play Golf Minnesota” tags could begin in August.

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Dayton Calls For Statewide Plan To Synchronize Traffic Lights

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is asking state lawmakers to fund a statewide plan to synchronize traffic lights to ease congestion. Twin Cities motorists spend 63 hours a year sitting in traffic, according to a recent study of traffic congestion, among the worst in the country.

03/31/2015

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State School Measurement System Wins Federal Re-Approval

Minnesota will continue rating its schools based on how well they address disparities and prepare students for college or careers. The state’s waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act was renewed Tuesday. Minnesota is one of many allowed to deviate from the law.

03/31/2015

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Rep. Joyce Peppin Talks Transportation Plan, Budget Priorities

State lawmakers will have a lot of ground to cover when they return from Easter break. Along with the first $40 billion budget in Minnesota history, a long term transportation plan is also getting a lot of attention. House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin joined the WCCO Sunday Morning show to talk about what’s ahead at the Capitol.

03/29/2015

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Right To Die Bill Discussion Heats Up At State Capitol

One of many hot topics at the State Capitol Monday: Should terminally ill patients have the right to end their lives? A bill allowing physician-assisted death is getting a hearing in a Minnesota Senate committee.

03/23/2015

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Minnesota Republicans Stake Out $7B Plan For Roads, Bridges

Gov. Mark Dayton says he considers a $7 billion Republican plan for road construction a step forward in terms of scope, but he’s less enthusiastic about how it would be paid for. Dayton reacted Monday to the GOP’s legislative alternative to his multi-billion dollar transportation proposal.

03/23/2015

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Bill To Force More Disclosure Of Campaign Spending Defeated

A bill that would have forced some groups active in Minnesota campaigns to disclose more details about their spending late in races has been defeated. The House Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee turned the bill back Thursday, with opponents arguing it will discourage political participation.

03/19/2015

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Sunday Liquor Sales Battle Back On The Table At Capitol

A long-running debate over Sunday liquor sales is back on the table at the State Capitol. Minnesota is one of about a dozen states that do not allow store liquor sales on Sundays.

03/15/2015

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Senate Sends Dayton 1st Bill Tightening Child-Protection Law

Child-protection legislation inspired by the maltreatment death of a 4-year-old boy is close to becoming law after unanimous Senate approval. The bill marks the first of what could be several changes from a task force review following Eric Dean’s death.

03/12/2015

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Hundreds Commemorate Historic Selma March In St. Paul

Ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” continued Saturday in Selma, Alabama and across the country, including right here in Minnesota. Hundreds gathered on the steps of the State Capitol in St. Paul Saturday afternoon to commemorate the historic 1965 march.

03/08/2015

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Lawmakers Want Crowdfunding Service For Entrepreneurs

Minnesota legislators want to set up an online service to link young businesses with capital. MNvest would work like the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. But instead of getting a CD or T-shirt for donating to a project, investors would own a piece of the company they support.

03/03/2015

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Budget Debate To Heat Up As New Economic Report Sets Surplus

The budget-setting preseason at Minnesota’s Capitol is about to give way to the session’s full-blown debate, helped along by an economic forecast that guides tax-and-spending parameters. Friday’s release of the comprehensive report will determine whether Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature still have a projected $1 billion surplus at their disposal — or if it’s gone up or down since the last look in December.

02/25/2015

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Women’s Rights Advocates Revive Contraceptive Access Bill

Women’s rights advocates say a 2014 Supreme Court decision could jeopardize access to birth control in Minnesota. They’ve revived a bill at the state Capitol to require most companies to include contraception in their health insurance plans’ prescription drug coverage.

02/24/2015

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Ride-Hailing Regulation Debate Could Hit Capitol This Year

Minnesota lawmakers could decide whether to regulate the ride-hailing industry this year. House and Senate legislators say they plan to introduce bills soon to toughen insurance regulations for companies like Uber and Lyft.

02/12/2015

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2-9-15 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee-PODCAST PAGE

Plenty of Grammy’s talk today along with Sid Hartman and Mike Max. Click the link above to listen

02/09/2015

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Podcast Page: 2-5-15 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Listen to U of M President Eric Kaler discuss measles preparations, and other highlights from Thursday by clicking the link above.

02/05/2015

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PolyMet Mine Hearing Brings Clash Of Interests

A House committee opened hearings Tuesday on a plan to open a copper-nickel mine on northern Minnesota’s Iron Range.

02/03/2015

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Podcast Page: 2-3-15 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

A Timberwolves Ticket Tuesday…..click the link above to listen to Erik Paulsen discuss vaccinations, President Obama’s Budget and more.

02/03/2015

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Goin’ To The (Frozen) Lake: Amelia & Mark Visit St. Peter

Winter doesn’t stop WCCO’s road trip around Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We’re Goin’ to the Lake even when there’s no snow and the lake is actually a river! Mark Rosen and Amelia Santaniello start our winter tour in St. Peter in the Minnesota River valley of southern Minnesota.

01/29/2015

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Veteran Minnesota State Trooper Is New Chief House Sergeant

A Minnesota State Patrol veteran is taking over duties as the chief House sergeant-at-arms. Bob Meyerson just retired as a major in the state trooper but is coming aboard as chief House sergeant.

01/29/2015

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Faith Leaders At Capitol To Urge Help For Poor, People Of Color

A multi-racial, multi-denominational group of clergy gathered at the State Capitol Thursday. They announced their commitment to engage Minnesota’s elected leaders, and promote policies that they say will eliminate racial and economic inequities.

01/29/2015

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Bakk: Pass New Money For Roads This Year Or Punt To 2017

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk is cranking up the pressure to pass a major transportation package this year. The Cook Democrat said Thursday he thinks the Legislature will punt until at least 2017 if lawmakers fail this session to pass new funding for roads and bridges.

01/29/2015

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2 Early Challengers In Kline’s 2nd District

Minnesota Rep. John Kline will see challenges from both sides of the aisle if he chooses to run for re-election in 2016. A vice president at a medical device company and Kline’s challenger in the 2014 Republican primary both announced Monday they will run for 2nd District seat.

01/26/2015

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$17M Flood Aid Package Heads To Dayton For Signature

Minnesota lawmakers have given final approval to a $17 million package of disaster assistance that will help local governments pay remaining bills from June storms that hit the state hard.

01/26/2015

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PODCAST PAGE: 1-23-15 The Morning News-DAVE LEE

A Friday fun day on the WCCO Morning News-Click the link above to listen.

01/23/2015

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