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Minnesota lawmakers to hand out nearly $1B in tax cuts

Jun. 21, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After a session marked early on by talk of possible tax increases, the Minnesota Legislature was on track Monday to hand out serious tax relief to unemployed workers and businesses. The final tax bill agreed to by lawmakers last week features nearly...

Counties with lower COVID-19 vaccinations have higher cases

Jun. 18, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say a handful of Minnesota counties with low COVID-19 vaccination rates have slightly higher cases of the coronavirus. Among the 10 counties with COVID-19 rates of 5 per 10,000 people or higher in the week ending June 5, none...

Medical marijuana patients in Minnesota seek gun rights

Jun. 18, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Staunch conservatives and advocates of legal marijuana have formed an unlikely alliance in Minnesota to pressure the Legislature to allow medical cannabis patients to own guns. The more than 35,000 patients in Minnesota's program can't own guns as...

Minnesota House GOP filibusters in contentious budget debate

Jun. 17, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota House launched into a long, contentious debate Thursday that delayed its first floor votes on the big budget bills that lawmakers were unable to pass before time ran out on the year's regular session last month. The House had four bills...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Jun. 16, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. June 10, 2021. Editorial: Balancing interests at George Floyd Square Intersection can stand as a memorial with access restored. George Floyd Square in Minneapolis is well-known as a gathering place to...

Landlords sue to force end to Minnesota eviction moratorium

Jun. 15, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A group representing Minnesota landlords announced a lawsuit Tuesday to force an end to the eviction moratorium imposed by Gov. Tim Walz, saying his order makes it all but impossible for property owners to remove disruptive tenants. The Minnesota...

Minnesota lawmakers convene special session to finish budget

Jun. 14, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers returned to unfinished business at the Capitol on Monday as they convened for a special session to finalize a two-year budget and avert a potential government shutdown at the end of the month. Democratic House Speaker Melissa...

Twin Cities roads buckling in extreme heat

Jun. 11, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Roads are breaking apart as an oppressive heat wave continues to bake the Twin Cities. As pavement heats up it expands, sometimes to the point of buckling. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Thursday that state transportation officials have...

Walz, leaders, seek budget breakthroughs as Capitol reopens

Jun. 10, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz sat down with top lawmakers Thursday to try to bring the divided Legislature closer to agreement on the budget bills that they were unable to finish before their regular session ended last month. The Democratic governor told reporters...

EXPLAINER: Chauvin's lawyer asks to probe alleged jury bias

Jun. 10, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd is seeking not only a new trial but also a hearing to “impeach the verdict" by investigating potential juror misconduct. Eric Nelson's...