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Podcast Page: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-19-14

Sid Hartman Day was quite the celebration! Listen back to highlights by CLICKING THE LINK above.

05/19/2014

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With Time To Spare, Lawmakers End 2014 Session

Sensing an imminent finish to their legislative session, Minnesota lawmakers took stock Friday of accomplishments and potential campaign liabilities in a year marked by Democratic drives to boost the minimum wage and target school bullying as well as bipartisan efforts to legalize medical marijuana, fix public infrastructure and deliver tax cuts using surplus money.

05/16/2014

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Dayton Confronts Bill Reeling In Minnesota Lottery

By landslide votes, lawmakers put Gov. Mark Dayton on the spot with a bill preventing the Minnesota Lottery from offering instant-play games online or selling tickets at gas pumps and ATMs. Dayton hasn’t indicated what he’ll decide, but his lottery director craves a veto.

05/16/2014

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For Rural Broadband Boosters, $20M Makes A Start

Supporters of expanded broadband in rural Minnesota are claiming a victory as the Legislature appears ready to set aside $20 million for their cause. A supplemental budget bill that includes the money could be voted on as early as Friday.

05/15/2014

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2 Views Of Legal Medical Pot Head To Committee

Two very different plans for legalizing medical marijuana in Minnesota went to a legislative conference committee on Tuesday, leaving advocates hoping for an agreement acceptable enough to Gov. Mark Dayton to become law.

05/13/2014

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DFL Rep. Lesch Called Up To National Guard

A Minnesota state representative is getting a National Guard call-up that means he’ll miss the rest of the legislative session. Rep. John Lesch, a St. Paul Democrat, has been summoned to training at Camp Ripley.

05/13/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-13-14

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05/13/2014

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Sprinkler Clause Adds Wrinkle To Bonding Debate

When it comes to the $846 million construction borrowing package being debated at the Capitol, many wonder if it’s too big to fail. Or in the case of Gov. Mark Dayton, is it too big to veto?

05/13/2014

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Dayton: Home-Sprinkler Clause Would Doom Bill

A clause in a construction borrowing package related to home sprinklers could doom the full package. Gov. Mark Dayton warned Monday that he would veto the full bonding bill over attempts to dump a building code requirement.

05/12/2014

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Minnesota Senators Could Act On Medical Marijuana

The next move in legalization of medical marijuana in Minnesota is up to the state Senate. Senators could vote Monday to adopt a House bill that is more restrictive than theirs.

05/12/2014

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Liquor-Law Feud Ends Quietly In Legislature

The debate over cracking open Minnesota’s ban on Sunday liquor store sales has ended with a whimper. With a Senate vote Friday, a bill preserving the status quo on takeaway sales is on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton.

05/09/2014

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Pivotal House Vote Arrives On Medical Marijuana

A bill with tight limits on use of marijuana as medicine has reached a pivotal Minnesota House vote. Days after the Senate overwhelmingly passed a more-expansive version, House lawmakers planned to debate its own proposal and almost 50 potential amendments Friday.

05/09/2014

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Lawmakers Discuss Council On Touchy Pay Issue

There will be talk about lawmaker pay at the state Capitol, but the salaries of legislators aren’t budging anytime soon. The House planned to debate a bill Thursday that would dictate the composition and role of a special independent pay council.

05/08/2014

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Lawmakers To Vote On Mandatory Home Fire Sprinklers

Dozens of firefighters from across Minnesota arrived at the State Capitol on Wednesday to talk about the importance of fire sprinklers. According to fire crews, a deadly fire last weekend could have been prevented if the home had fire sprinklers.

05/07/2014

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Parenting Leave, Pay Measure Heading To Final Vote

New parents would be entitled to longer unpaid leaves. Mothers would find more private space at work to nurse, other than a restroom stall. And large state contractors would have to certify they pay men and women similar salaries for similar jobs.

05/07/2014

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