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Senate Republicans Outbid Governor in Education Wish List

Republicans in the Minnesota Senate want to spend more money on education than the state's Democratic governor does.

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Catholic Nuns Work to Spare Life of Man Who Killed Dru Sjodin

A small group of Catholic nuns dedicated to eliminating the death penalty is working to spare the life of a man convicted of kidnapping and killing a University of North Dakota student. The Congregation of St. Joseph is an order of about a dozen nuns in Crookston, Minnesota, which is the hometown of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.

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Zimmerman Woman Hurt in Rollover On Highway 169

A Zimmerman woman was hurt when the jeep she was driving lost control and rolled. The State Patrol says the incident happened at about 8:15 a.m. this (Tuesday) morning on South Highway 169 at Cantlin Lake in Sherburne County.

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Minnesota Graduation Rate Ticketed Up Above 81 Percent in 2014

Minnesota's high school graduation rate has climbed above 81 percent but there's still a ways to go to meet a statewide goal of a 90 percent rate by 2020. The state Department of Education released graduation figures Tuesday. In 2014, the rate was 81.2 percent, which was up from 79.8 percent the year before.

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Behind the Scenes Look at Mall of America Security

The Mall of America has provided a rare glimpse at some security measures in an effort to calm fears over an online video purportedly made by a terrorist group urging extremists to attack shopping malls in Western countries.The Bloomington megamall is the nation's busiest shopping center with 40 million visitors each year.

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Man Convicted in Gang-Related Shooting Outside Target Field

A Brooklyn Center man has been found guilty of shooting and wounding two gang rivals outside of Target Field in Minneapolis. Twenty-eight-year-old James Davis was convicted Monday of two counts of attempted murder.

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GOP Restart Wage Debate with Talk of Tips

House Republicans are reigniting a debate over the minimum wage with a move to exempt some servers, bartenders and other tipped workers from future hikes. Legislators passed a law last year bumping the state's minimum wage up to $9.50 hourly by 2016.

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About 1,000 Express Interest in Medical Marijuana Program

Nearly 1,000 Minnesotans have told the state they'll likely register for the state's new medical marijuana program. The Minnesota Department of Health on Monday released the results of a voluntary electronic survey it conducted to gauge interest in the program.

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Members of Gold Cross pile out of the truck during the Ebola practice drill. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
Members of Gold Cross pile out of the truck during the Ebola practice drill. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
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Minnesota Could Monitor Travelers for Ebola Another Year

Minnesota will likely continue to monitor travelers from West Africa until the Ebola outbreak has been officially declared over, despite a recent slowdown in new cases abroad.

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Mall of America Shoppers Seemingly Undeterred by Vague Mall Threats

Shoppers at the Mall of America seem undeterred after hearing about a video purportedly made by al-Qaida-linked rebels that urges Muslims to attack shopping malls. The video specifically mentions the Bloomington shopping mall. Shopper David Modrynski says he talked with his wife and son about whether to visit the mall after hearing about the video and concluded they can't stop living their lives because somebody says they're going to do something.

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