The Minnesota secretary of state's office says more than 189,000 absentee ballots were returned by Tuesday morning. The office says that's up nearly 50 percent from the absentees accepted in the 2010 election.
Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson will avoid jail time after reaching a plea agreement in his child abuse case. A judge agreed to the plea deal during a hearing Tuesday in Conroe, 40 miles north of Houston.
An attempt by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to mark his Green Bay Packers' allegiance on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium didn't go as planned. Walker signed a piece of steel destined for the stadium during a recent campaign stop at fabrication shop in Wisconsin.
Tuesday's election could dramatically change the complexion of the state's congressional delegation. Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan tried to hang on to his northeastern Minnesota district in an expensive race against political newcomer Stewart Mills.
Control of the 134-member Minnesota House hinges on fewer than two dozen races. The party that wins 68 or more seats in Tuesday's election will have a huge say in what advances in the Legislature and a bearing on how the governor's agenda fares for the next two years.
Democrat Mark Dayton is waiting to learn if Minnesota voters will rehire him as governor or give the job to Republican challenger Jeff Johnson. It was the first time in a long political career that Dayton had asked to keep an elected job for more than one term.
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