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Dayton Prepared To Make His 3rd Minnesota Supreme Court Pick

Minnesota’s highest court is about to welcome its newest member. Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to name a new Supreme Court justice Tuesday afternoon.

08/17/2015

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Good Question: What Happens When You Ignore The Supreme Court?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that marriage is now a fundamental right for same sex couples. Almost immediately, public officials weighed in saying county and state workers could refuse to hand out those licenses based on their religious beliefs.

06/30/2015

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Gay Marriage Opponents Pushing For Religious Exemption Bill

Critics of last week’s Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage say they’re not done fighting.

06/29/2015

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Conservative Churches Confront New Reality On Gay Marriage

At First Baptist Dallas, where the pulpit was adorned Sunday with red, white and blue bunting to honor the Fourth of July, the pastor called the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling “an affront in the face of Almighty God.”

06/28/2015

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Minnesota Same-Sex Marriage Pioneer Hails High Court Ruling

A Minneapolis man who fought for his own same-sex marriage more than 40 years ago is celebrating the landmark Supreme Court ruling that said gay couples can marry anywhere in the country. Michael McConnell says in an email to The Associated Press that the high court affirmed the question he and his partner raised 44 years ago — “same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.”

06/27/2015

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Minnesota Couples Celebrate Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

Tens of thousands of people are expected to descend on Loring Park in Minneapolis this weekend to celebrate gay pride.

06/26/2015

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Dakota County To Begin Taking DNA From Those Charged With Violent Crimes

The Dakota County Sheriff Office will be the first in the state to begin collecting DNA swabs from those suspected of a violent crime.

06/24/2015

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Supreme Court Upholds Bar Fight Murder Conviction

Officials in northern Minnesota say the state’s Supreme Court has reversed an appeals court decision in the case of a deadly bar fight in 2011, and now a Proctor man will face his original sentence: 18 years in prison.

06/24/2015

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MNsure CEO: Supreme Court Ruling Won’t Affect Subsidies Here

The head of Minnesota’s state-run health insurance exchange says an eagerly awaited Supreme Court ruling on subsidies will have no impact in the state.

06/24/2015

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Walker Says Obama, Federal Government Must Fix Subsidies

Gov. Scott Walker says if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down health care subsidies, it’s up to President Barack Obama and Congress to fix it and not the states.

06/24/2015

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4 Things To Know: Baltimore Riots, SUPCO Hears Gay Marriage Arguments & More

From massive rioting and looting in Baltimore to the death of a legendary wrestler, here are the four stories to know for Tuesday, April 28.

04/28/2015

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Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Urge Supreme Court To Go Slow

Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage to a man and a woman.

04/26/2015

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Obama Taps Minnesota Justice Wright For Federal Judgeship

Minnesota’s newest nominee for a federal judgeship would be moving over from the state’s Supreme Court. President Barack Obama on Wednesday selected Justice Wilhelmina Wright for a U.S. District Court opening in Minnesota. That appointment is subject to U.S. Senate confirmation.

04/15/2015

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Few Top GOP Officials Back Same-Sex Marriage At High Court

The partisan divide over same-sex marriage among top elected officials remains stark, with Democrats overwhelmingly on record in favor and Republicans mostly silent so far.

03/15/2015

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4 Things To Know: DOJ’s Ferguson Findings, Vikings Visit AP & More

Here’s a look at the four most notable stories you need to know about for the morning of Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

03/04/2015

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Abortion Opponents: House Republicans Could Help The Cause

Abortion opponents say a new Republican majority in the Minnesota House could help them out this year. They’re undeterred by a governor who says he doesn’t see himself signing any new abortion restrictions. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life has three legislative priorities this year.

01/22/2015

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Supreme Court To Hear Gay Marriage Cases In April

Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution. The justices said Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four states.

01/16/2015

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Supreme Court Clarifies Rules For Rescinding Mortgages

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that home buyers don’t need to file a lawsuit, but may simply write a letter if they want to back out of a mortgage because they claim their lender violated the federal Truth in Lending Act.

01/13/2015

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Supreme Court Justices Hear Pregnancy Discrimination Case

A pregnancy discrimination case is in front of the Supreme Court and its outcome could affect women across the country. A former UPS worker says she was forced into taking unpaid leave when she became pregnant.

12/04/2014

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Good Question: Why Do We Vote For Judges In Minn.?

When you voted Tuesday, you probably noticed a lot of judges on the ballot. This puzzled Kirk from Oak Park Heights because he knows the governor also appoints them. On Washington County’s sample ballot, there were 28 judge seats. Twenty-four were unopposed.

11/05/2014

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Gay Marriage Legal In Wisconsin After SCOTUS Move

The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for an immediate expansion of same-sex marriage by unexpectedly and tersely turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions. The court’s order effectively makes gay marriage legal in 30 states.

10/06/2014

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Judge: Not Enough Proof To Boot GOPer From Ballot

A court referee said Thursday there’s not enough evidence to toss Republican state Rep. Bob Barrett from the November ballot over a residency dispute. A voter connected to the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party petitioned the Supreme Court to have Barrett disqualified, submitting photos of his empty home and affidavits from neighbors as evidence he actually lives outside his central Minnesota district, but Barrett contended he does.

08/14/2014

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Minnesota GOP Lawmaker Disputes Residency Claim

Republican Rep. Bob Barrett provided the state Supreme Court with a copy of his driver’s license and other evidence Thursday that he said proves he lives in his central Minnesota district.

07/31/2014

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Good Question: How Can Executions Go Wrong?

Joe Wood was a convicted killer, sentenced to death for murdering his estranged girlfriend and her father. But despite taking two lives, many don’t agree with how his life was taken. Witnesses say Wood gasped more than 600 times during the execution, and one witness said he looked like “a fish on shore gulping for air.”

07/24/2014

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Republican McFadden Applauds Hobby Lobby Decision

Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden is praising the Supreme Court’s recent decision that companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. McFadden’s support comes more than a week after the high court’s ruling — and after Democrats have been attacking him for not taking a position.

07/09/2014

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