Railway Neighbors Call For Heightened SafetyCommunity members in northeast Minneapolis are calling for increased rail safety. Their fight falls on the second anniversary of the oil train disaster in Canada that killed 47 people.
Only 41 MN Patients Signed Up For Medical MarijuanaMinnesota's new medical marijuana program opens for business in just five days, but so far only 41 patients are registered and will be able to get their prescriptions. Patients and their famlies put the blame for the low number on an enrollment process that is turning out to be far more difficult than anyone expected.
MPCA Citizens' Board Holds Last Meeting, Supporters Vow To FightJust two weeks after it was abolished by the Minnesota Legislature, an influential environmental citizen's board held its last meeting on Tuesday.
Senate Passes Gas Tax Increase To Fund Road, Bridge RepairsState officials say about half of Minnesota roads and bridges are more than 40 years old, nearing the end of their useful lives.
Minnesota Senators Could Act On Medical MarijuanaThe 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.
Talking Points: Medical Marijuana Bills -- House Or Senate?This week, the Minnesota House and Senate will have to hammer out differences between the Senate and House versions of a medical marijuana law.
Minnesota Medical Pot Bill Goes To Senate FloorA bill to legalize medical marijuana is headed to the Senate floor after passage by the Finance Committee. The committee passed the bill 14-7 on Monday after adding a few wrinkles to the legislation.
Minnesota Medical Pot Rift Could Threaten BillA rift among Minnesota supporters of allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes could make it harder to push legalization through the legislature this year. Committees in both the House and Senate were debating competing legislation Friday. A Senate panel stripped the option of smoking marijuana as medication from its bill on Thursday. But the House version is even more limited in how the drug may be accessed.
Senate Panel's Medical Pot Hearing To Be ContinuedMedical marijuana has not yet been snuffed out in Minnesota. Sen. Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis Democrat, took up the gauntlet Gov. Mark Dayton threw down this week when he dared legislators to vote on the proposal if they felt they could pass it, declining to say if he would veto it.
Bullying Bill Clears Senate CommitteeRevised legislation that protects students against bullies has the support of a key Senate committee in Minnesota. The anti-bullying bill packed a Senate Education Committee Tuesday during a five-hour hearing. The bill eventually passed the committee and is headed to the Senate Finance Committee.
Lawmakers: Minn. Needs Stronger Oil Spill Response Hoping to avert disaster before it strikes, two state lawmakers introduced plans Wednesday to deal with the growing threat from railroad oil tanker spills. On average, ten oil tanker trains rumble through Minnesota each day, hauling huge quantities of North Dakota crude to refineries down south or out east. As oil rail traffic increases, people like Kathy Hollander want action. "This is oil transportation on steroids," Hollander said.
Call For State Aid To Resolve Orchestra Dispute GrowsIt's been nearly 13 months since the lockout began at the Minnesota Orchestra, and now some leaders are calling for state aid to settle the dispute. Former governor Arne Carlson says the orchestra is a valued community asset that should get the same attention as the Vikings stadium.
Minn. Senate To Take Up Transportation PlanA transportation finance bill that mostly keeps the status quo is rolling toward a vote in the Minnesota Senate.
Minn. Lawmaker Finishes Boston Before Explosion A Minnesota lawmaker had trouble getting word out he was OK after finishing the Boston Marathon, site of a deadly explosion.
Minn. Headed For Stand-Pat Year On Transportation The head of a transportation finance committee in the Minnesota Legislature doesn't expect to see a major infusion of money for roads, bridges and mass transit to come together this year.