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Dayton Rejects Education Bill; Special Session Ahead

Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed an education budget that he says isn't big enough, setting up a special session of the Minnesota Legislature. Dayton had promised he would block the bill if lawmakers didn't add to the $400 million allocated to public schools. The package included nothing for one of Dayton's top priorities - preschool for 4-year-olds throughout the state.

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Did House Pass Correct Budget Bill? That’s Up For Debate

There is some doubt about whether the Minnesota House voted on the final piece of a state budget or something else in the harried last minutes of the legislative session. Minnesota lawmakers rushed Monday night to adopt a bill funding economic development and energy programs before a midnight deadline.

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Man Convicted in Fatal Drunken Driving Crash Arrested Again

A man who spent time in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed three brothers in Dakota County has been arrested again on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Boe Barlage, of Farmington, was sentenced to eight years behind bars for the crash that killed 20-year-old Matthew Backstrom, 17-year-old Jacob Backstrom, and 16-year-old Justin Backstrom in 2005.

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Photo: Ramsey County Attorney's Office
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Former School Janitor Pleads Guilty to Abuse, Peeping

A former St. Paul elementary school janitor has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing several children, including his relatives, and peeping at a student in a school bathroom. Sixty-three-year-old Walter Johann Happel, of Newport, reached a plea deal in March after being accused of peeping at several students at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus School.

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Judge Criticizes Archdiocese for Relying on Legal Notices

A federal judge has criticized the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for relying on legal notices to inform sex-abuse victims about an impending deadline for filing claims.

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At Medical Marijuana Warehouse, Plants Rise as Launch Nears

Kim Kelsey is ready to start getting medical marijuana to treat her son's epilepsy. The state's two manufacturers are almost ready, too. Both manufacturers say they'll be ready to start distributing marijuana pills and oils by the July 1 program launch.

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Legislature Preparing to Vote on State Lottery Restrictions

Minnesota lawmakers are preparing to vote on a bill suspending Internet-based state lottery tickets. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Tuesday he'd hold the vote soon, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt said he expected his chamber would do the same.

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WACOSA in Waite Park. (Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
WACOSA in Waite Park. (Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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Former WACOSA Employee Accused of Sexually Abusing Vulnerable Adult

An investigation by the Minnesota Department of Human Services says a former staffer with WACOSA in Waite Park allegedly sexually abused a vulnerable adult. WACOSA provides training and employment support for those with disabilities.

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Union That Fought Sunday Beer Growler Sales Lifts Objection

A labor union is lifting its objection to Sunday takeaway sales of 64-ounce beer growlers from craft breweries. Ed Reynoso of the Teamsters Joint Council 32 told a Senate committee on Monday that "at this point" the union won't oppose a bill legalizing those growler sales on Sunday

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Toyota Asks Court to Reduce Jury Award

Toyota Motor Corp. is asking a federal court to reduce the amount of money it was ordered to pay plaintiffs who successfully sued the automaker over a fatal crash in St. Paul.

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