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Budget Negotiations at a Standstill on Taxes, Transportation

Top lawmakers are in a holding pattern with few signs of progress on reaching a deal for the state's budget. There's still plenty of ground for negotiators to cover as they head toward the Legislature's May 18 adjournment.

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Christopher Besser, photo courtesy of the Wright County Jail
Christopher Besser, photo courtesy of the Wright County Jail
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Officer’s Son Accused of Killing Him and Defendant’s Brother

The son of an Elk River police officer is accused of killing his father and brother in Wright County. A criminal complaint charges Christopher Besser, of St. Michael, with two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of 49-year-old Todd Besser and 27-year-old Blake Besser.

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St. Louis Park Considers Plastic Bag Ban

A Twin Cities suburb could be the first in Minnesota to completely ban plastic bags. A majority of City Council members in St. Louis Park are supporting the ban. But council member Anne Mavity says they will gather input from residents before voting on it.

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Police Cleared in Shooting Man Who Drove at Them at MSP

A Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport official says three officers have been cleared in the shooting of a man accused of trying to run them down with a car last month. Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan says an internal review and another investigation by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office found the officers' actions were justified.

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2 Killed in Hog Barn Fire in Southwest Minnesota

A hog barn fire has killed two people in southwestern Minnesota. The Rock County sheriff's office says the fire was reported just before 9:30 a.m. Monday east of Jasper.

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Dayton Floats Extra K-12 Funding in Sprint to Budget Deal

Minnesota schools may get extra money from the state's final budget deal. Governor Mark Dayton said Monday he'd like to give a 2% bump to the per-pupil funding formula for K-12 schools.

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Todd Besser. Photo courtesy of the Elk River Police Department
Todd Besser. Photo courtesy of the Elk River Police Department
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Charges Tuesday in Fatal Shootings of Off-Duty Officer, Son

Charges are expected Tuesday in the fatal shooting of an off-duty police officer and his 27-year-old son at a home in Wright County. The sheriff's department has identified the victims as 49-year-old Todd Besser and his oldest son, Blake.

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1 New Case of Bird Flu Reported at a Minnesota Turkey Farm

One new Minnesota turkey farm has been hit by bird flu, raising the state's total to 85 since the outbreaks were first confirmed in early March. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the latest case is in Swift County.

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Two Taken to Hospital After Rollover in Royalton

Two people were hurt in a rollover in Royalton early on Saturday morning. The incident happened just before 3:00 a.m. at 8791 192nd Avenue. The Morrison County Sheriff's Office says 17-year-old Gabrielle Yackel of Royalton was traveling north on 192nd Avenue when she swerved to avoid hitting a deer.

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Minnesota Jury Hears Opening Statements in Right-To-Die Case

Prosecutors say they'll prove a national right-to-die group assisted in the 2007 suicide of a 57-year-old Minnesota woman who suffered from chronic pain and depression. Final Exit Network Inc. is on trial for allegedly assisting in the death of Doreen Dunn and interfering with a death scene.

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