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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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Bill With $20M In Immediate Tax Breaks Bound For Dayton

Days into the income tax filing season, a bill that awards up to $20 million in extra deductions and credits is on the verge of becoming law.

01/22/2015

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Podcast Page: 1-22-15 The WCCO Morning News-DAVE LEE

Click the link above to hear AMERICAN SNIPER’s Jim DeFelice and other highlights from Thursday’s show.

01/22/2015

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‘Black Lives Matter’ Group Marches On Martin Luther King Day

Demonstrators at the “Black Lives Matter Minneapolis” rally Monday said they think Martin Luther King Jr. would’ve been proud of what they did.

01/19/2015

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Office Space Disputes Threaten Capitol Renovation

Minnesota lawmakers are caught in a dust-up over office space at the State Capitol, and it’s threatening to delay the massive Capitol restoration now underway. The three-year, $272 million project is on time and on budget. But the tenants in the new building — including the governor, the Senate, the House and the attorney general — cannot come to agreement over how much space they will control.

01/14/2015

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Office Decisions Threaten To Delay Capitol Makeover

Disputes over tenant space are threatening to bog down the grand makeover of the Minnesota Capitol. A commission planned to approve the final phase of a $273 million renovation on Wednesday.

01/14/2015

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Tuition Breaks, Nursing Home Help Among Session’s 1st Bills

Minnesota lawmakers dangled the possibility of free vocational college tuition, student-loan forgiveness in certain career fields and tax breaks for the agriculture, mining and timber industries as potential uses for a $1 billion projected surplus.

01/08/2015

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Tuition Breaks, Nursing Home Help Among Session’s 1st Bills

Free vocational college tuition for Minnesota high school graduates? Student-loan forgiveness for working in specialized fields or rural communities? Tax breaks for the mining and timber industries? A prohibition on performance bonuses for Minnesota health exchange executives?

01/08/2015

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Reality Check: The ‘No Session 2016’ Movement

An interesting new idea from some Minnesota lawmakers this year: Cancel next year’s legislative session. The “No Session 2016″ movement began the first hour of the first day of the 2015 legislature, when top leaders revealed that they’re talking about it.

01/07/2015

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New Hands At Wheel As Minnesota Legislature Returns For Duty

Minnesota lawmakers are returning to action in a session where they’ll have to navigate a new political dynamic and widespread Capitol construction. The five-month session starts at noon Tuesday. It’s when Republicans formally regain House control.

01/06/2015

Old Dutch

Podcast Page: 12-16-14 Dave Lee

The Old Dutch Team of the week is a very special one….listen to the podcast by clicking the link ABOVE!

12/16/2014

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PODCAST PAGE-12-11-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Check out THAD A CLAUS and other highlights from Thursday’s show…Click the link above to head to Dave’s PODCAST PAGE.

12/11/2014

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Big Numbers Shape Outgoing Budget Official’s Work

The departure of a top state finance official is triggering a shakeup in Gov. Mark Dayton’s cabinet. Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter will step down for a job in the private sector, the governor announced Wednesday.

12/10/2014

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