Boy Scouts' Leader Says Ban On Gay Adults Not SustainableThe national president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, and called for change in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles.
St. Louis Park Considers Single-Use Plastic Bag BanThe city of St. Louis Park is considering adopting a complete ban on single-use plastic bags. A majority of the city's council members have expressed support for a ban, according to the Star Tribune.
Judge Issues Ban On Gang Members For St. Paul's Cinco De Mayo CelebrationA ban has been issued against eight known gang members, preventing them from attending St. Paul's Cinco de Mayo celebration. A judge issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting members from the group "Hit Squad" from the festival Saturday.
State Defends New Camera Ban For Prison InterviewsGov. Mark Dayton's administration says a new ban on cameras for prison inmate interviews is meant to shield crime victims from harmful images of their assailants.
Judge Rules SD Same-Sex Marriage Ban UnconstitutionalA federal judge has declared South Dakota's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, but has stayed the decision pending appeal.
Federal Judge Says Hold On Gay Marriages Is LiftedA federal judge in Wisconsin says she is lifting her hold on an order allowing same-sex marriages to take place in Wisconsin. Judge Barbara Crabb declared Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional in June, but she put her ruling on hold a week later while the state appealed. The hold was set to expire as soon as appeals ended.
Minneapolis Seeks To Ban Styrofoam ContainersA new proposal to ban Styrofoam containers in restaurants has some owners worried about the extra cost that will have to be passed along to the customer.
Lawmakers Seek To Ban Cell Phone Use In Construction ZonesMinnesota drivers using cell phones are distracted, and sometimes deadly. Craig Carlson and Ron Rajkowski were killed in 2011 by a distracted driver in a construction zone who was traveling at a high speed. Carlson's widow, Deb Carlson of Ramsey, says her husband was killed in an instant. "[The] car that was traveling at 70 miles per hour," Carlson said.
In Wake Of Shootings, More Security Coming To State CapitolMinnesota is one of 14 states that allow handguns in its State Capitol building. State officials are taking a fresh look at security after mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., and the Navy Yard in DC, after getting the results of a nationwide survey of capitols.
FAA To Allow Air Passengers To Use Gadgets On PlanesGovernment safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate. The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music.
Mpls. Police Want AG To Review NFL Off-Duty Gun Ban RuleNew NFL security rules will now ban off-duty law enforcement officers from taking their guns into stadiums. But some Minneapolis peace officers are saying they believe the policy is a violation of their rights.