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UPDATE: Eden Prairie Man Accused in African Lion Death Thought Hunt Was Legal

An avid Minnesota hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe says he believed everything about his trip was legal.

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Minnesota Nets Extra $650M in Health Care Savings

State officials say they've saved nearly $650 million by tweaking its subsidized health care programs. Minnesota contracts with health plans to cover low-income residents in public programs like MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance, which is Minnesota's version of Medicaid.

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UPDATE: Some Victims Identified in 1 of 2 Midwet Plane Crashes

Authorities have identified some of the seven people killed when two small planes crashed separately within hours of one another in western Wisconsin and southwestern Minnesota. Sheriff's officials say two passengers killed when a fixed-wing plane crashed in southwestern Minnesota were teenagers from Mexico.

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‘Puddle of Mudd’ Singer Accused of DWI, Fleeing in Renville County

Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin faces charges of drunken driving and fleeing police after a chase in Minnesota that reached speeds of about 100 mph. Scantlin appeared Monday in Renville County court on charges of felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle; refusing to submit to a chemical test; and DWI.

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Mike Wallace Aims for More than Deep Throws with Vikings

Mike Wallace has joined Minnesota's offense as more than just a wide receiver for deep routes. Coming off a couple of rocky seasons with Miami, Wallace has brought a renewed appreciation for the importance of leadership as he's integrating himself with the Vikings.

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Suspicious Packages at Minnesota State Capitol Deemed Nonhazardous

Two suspicious packages that were found in a third floor stairwell at the Minnesota Capitol were found to pose no threat. The Department of Public Safety says one package contained brick mortar and the other contained paper products.

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With New Bump, Minnesota Ushers in Region’s Top Minimum Wage

Minnesota will vault past Illinois, Michigan and South Dakota this week to gain the highest minimum wage in the Midwestern region at $9 an hour. The dollar-per-hour bump taking effect Saturday for some 288,000 of Minnesota's lowest-paid workers is the second of a three-stage increase adopted in 2014.

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Appeals Court Upholds Law in Breath Test Refusal Case

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld a law that makes it a crime for someone to refuse a breath test when arrested for drunken driving. Monday's ruling comes in the case of David Bennett, who was arrested after a 2013 crash and refused a breath test at the Ramsey County jail.

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GOP Lawmakers Call to Arm More Military Members

Some Republican lawmakers want more members of the military carrying weapons in light of a deadly shooting at military facilities in Tennessee. A group of GOP legislators on Monday announced a bill in the works to exempt active duty members of the military and Minnesota's National Guard from the state's gun permitting process.

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Winona Woman Charged with Drunk Driving, Striking 2 Pedestrians

A Winona woman is scheduled to make her first court appearance next month on charges of driving drunk and striking two pedestrians. Prosecutors say 20-year-old Michaela Burton had a blood alcohol of 0.11 when she hit a man and woman in a crosswalk in Winona May 17.

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