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Legislative panel debates Walz 70 percent gas tax hike plan

Mar. 21, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature began work in earnest Thursday on Gov. Tim Walz's transportation plan, including his hotly disputed proposal to raise the state's gasoline tax by 70 percent. A House transportation committee gave the Democratic governor's plan its first hearing. Supporters...

Omar rallies support for bill banning gay conversion therapy

Mar. 21, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar has rallied LGBTQ youth in support of a Minnesota bill to ban gay conversion therapy for minors or vulnerable adults. Omar spoke Thursday on the state Capitol steps to a crowd that marched from OutFront Minnesota's seventh annual Youth Summit at Saint Paul College....

Walz turns up heat to keep tax that funds health programs

Mar. 21, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz turned up the heat Thursday on GOP lawmakers to try to prevent the state's 2 percent tax on health care providers from expiring at the end of the year, a revenue stream that helps fund health care for low-income Minnesotans. Speaking at a Capitol rally, the Democratic...

Kalscheur, Gophers knock off Louisville 86-76

Mar. 21, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Minnesota found its elusive 3-point stroke just in time to give coach Richard Pitino the NCAA Tournament win he'd been seeking for years. The 10th-seeded Gophers won their first NCAA Tournament game in six seasons behind 24 points from freshman Gabe Kalscheur, who helped Minnesota...

The Latest: Bradley giving Michigan State all it can handle

Mar. 21, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

The Latest on the first round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): ___ 3:33 p.m. Michigan State has its hands full with 15th-seeded Bradley midway through the first half of its NCAA Tournament game in Des Moines, Iowa. Darrell Brown's 3-pointer gave the Braves of the Missouri Valley Conference a six-point...

Minnesota's famed winter isn't what it used to be

Mar. 21, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bundled up against the icy cold and drifting snow, Don Olson has tended the trail of a popular cross-country ski race in Minnesota for years. Fixing problem spots on the Vasaloppet's route often meant braving the freezing temperatures and frigid winds that have always defined this state....

Woman killed in crash days before husband's funeral

Mar. 21, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

DEERWOOD, Minn. (AP) — A woman has died in a crash in Crow Wing County just days before her husband's funeral. The Minnesota State Patrol says a Crosby man crossed the centerline on Highway 6 near Deerwood Wednesday and hit the woman's car head on. Seventy-year-old Barbara Jo Blood died at the scene. The...

St. Paul bracing for Mississippi River flooding

Mar. 21, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul is bracing for spring flooding as the Mississippi River rises with rapidly melting snow. City officials have closed Lilydale Regional Park, Crosby Farm Regional Park and Hidden Falls Regional Park and the police department has moved its impound lot because of rising river...

Status for Indians' Lindor for opening day still uncertain

Mar. 21, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — With a hop off his feet turning a double play and by driving a ball nearly over the fence, Indians three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor moved closer to returning from a right calf strain. Yet his status for opening day on March 28 at Minnesota remains uncertain. Batting...

Bitter health insurance debate erupts in Minnesota House

Mar. 20, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bitter, partisan debate erupted on the Minnesota House floor Wednesday when Republicans tried to bring up a health care reinsurance bill that House Democrats oppose as a giveaway to the insurance industry. Back in 2017, when Republicans controlled both chambers of the Legislature,...