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The Latest: Legislative negotiators agree on opioid bill

May. 20, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the final day of the Minnesota Legislature's 2019 regular session (all times local): 5:15 p.m. A House-Senate conference committee has reached a bipartisan agreement on compromise legislation aimed at stopping Minnesota's opioid crisis. The bill imposes sharply higher...

Minnesota Legislature approves protections for the elderly

May. 20, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A major package of protections for Minnesota's elderly has cleared the Legislature and awaits Gov. Tim Walz's signature. The House and Senate passed the final version of the bill late Sunday night. The most important component is a framework for licensing assisted living facilities...

Timberwolves retain Ryan Saunders, 33, as head coach

May. 20, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have chosen Ryan Saunders as their full-fledged head coach — and the first millennial to hold the job in the NBA. The team announced Monday that the 33-year-old Saunders will stay in the post he held on an interim basis during the second half of this...

Minnesota in need of more community paramedics

May. 20, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota needs more community paramedics to assist residents leaving the hospital in managing chronic health conditions at home, according to state health officials. The Minnesota Department of Health said there are 127 certified community paramedics, nearly half working in the Twin...

Legislators finalize big bills, plan for special session

May. 20, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota legislators worked to wrap up details of their big budget bills Monday ahead of a midnight adjournment, while haggling began over the timing and length of a special session later this week to pass those packages and complete the state's next two-year budget. Gov. Tim Walz,...

Xcel Energy plans to end coal use in Upper Midwest by 2030

May. 20, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy said Monday the Minneapolis-based utility plans to retire its two remaining coal plants in the Upper Midwest by 2030, a decade earlier than scheduled, bringing praise from environmental groups. The company also announced plans to expand wind and solar energy, use cleaner...

US defenders John Brooks, DeAndre Yedlin to miss Gold Cup

May. 20, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — American defender John Brooks will miss the CONCACAF Gold Cup because of a knee ligament injury, joining DeAndre Yedlin on the sidelines. Brooks, a central defender, did not play in Wolfsburg's last two games of the Bundesliga season. Yedlin, a right back, had left groin surgery last week....

Pedestrian struck, killed by train in Coon Rapids

May. 20, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — An Amtrak train has struck and killed a pedestrian in Coon Rapids. Police say the southbound train was heading from Seattle to Chicago when it hit a person about 6:30 a.m. Monday. No one else was hurt. The investigation shut down the two-track rail line in both directions, as well...

Spring snow won't be around for long

May. 20, 2019 7:21 AM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Parts of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin are blanketed with a fresh covering of snow. The National Weather Service says it's the latest May snowfall on record of more than an inch in Duluth. That city had 2.4 inches Sunday. The deepest spot was Poplar in Wisconsin where nearly 6...

Somali refugee and activist graduates from St. Cloud State

May. 20, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Suud Olat's parents never dreamed their children would earn bachelor's degrees, he said. Olat's family left Somalia for the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya when Olat was about six months old. They spent more than two decades there. On May 10, Olat, 28, received his bachelor of arts...