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Senate Panel Passes Wolf Hunt Moratorium 7-6

Opponents of wolf hunting win a victory as a Minnesota Senate panel votes 7-6 for a five-year moratorium on future wolf seasons. Wolf hunting opponents argued before the Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Thursday that the state acted too hastily when it decided to resume sport hunting and trapping after the region's wolves came off the endangered list early last year.

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Mayo Bill Pauses as Key Lawmaker Doubts Financing

A key Minnesota lawmaker says a bill committing the state to aid in a massive Mayo Clinic expansion project needs a considerable makeover to get through her House committee.

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UPDATE: Minnesota House, Senate Panels Approve Same-Sex Marriage Bill

A Minnesota Senate committee has approved a bill that would legalize gay marriage in the state. The bill was endorsed Tuesday on a 5 to 3 party-line vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans opposed.

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Bill Aims to Back State Off on Chili Cook-Offs

Crosslake citizens say unnecessary health regulations have hurt their annual chili cook-off, and a state lawmaker has the fix. Rep. Joe Radinovich, a freshman Democrat from nearby Crosby, introduced a bill Monday that would ease state health regulations on soup and chili cook-offs.

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Poll: Majority Support Minimum Wage Increase

A new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll shows a majority of Minnesotans support raising the state's minimum wage, but they differ on how much that raise should be.

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Minnesota Senate Approves Health Care Marketplace Bill

The Minnesota Senate has approved a bill to create the state's health insurance exchange. Lawmakers voted 37-28 Thursday night to approve a bill that makes major changes to the state's health care system to conform with the federal government's health insurance mandate.

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Gay Marriage Opponents to Rally at Capitol

Opponents of legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota are holding a rally at the Capitol. The Thursday afternoon gathering is sponsored by Minnesota for Marriage.

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Minnesota Senate to Take Up Healthcare Marketplace

The Minnesota Senate will debate its bill to get the state's health insurance exchange up and running. The Senate is scheduled to take up the issue Thursday.

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UPDATE: Minnesota Lawmakers to Unveil More Modest Gun Plan

Minnesota lawmakers are unveiling a new plan to modestly revise the state's gun laws that is emerging as the Legislature's best bet to pass changes this year.

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Minnesota House Committee To Consider Liquor Taxes

A House committee is reviewing a proposal to raise state taxes on beer, wine and liquor. The Taxes Committee convenes Wednesday to review the proposal from Rep. Karen Clark, a Minneapolis Democrat. Her bill would increase excise taxes on beer from $2.40 to $13.97 per 31-gallon barrel, which works out to about 3 cents a glass.

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