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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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GaryQ, Flickr
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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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Minnesota House Passes Health Exchange Proposal

The Minnesota House has passed a bill establishing Minnesota's health insurance exchange, with its sponsor calling it the most substantial changes to state healthcare policy in 50 years.

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Capitol Switches Course to Alternate Gun Plan

Top Minnesota lawmakers are tacking toward new gun legislation that wouldn't impose universal background checks for gun purchases. House Speaker Paul Thissen and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk say the alternate plan backed by gun rights advocates is more likely to pass this session than one from the House Democrat who led gun hearings last month.

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Pranking 911? Minnesota Bill Would Stiffen Penalties

Minnesota lawmakers want to put prank callers to 911 emergency lines on notice that future fake calls could come at a price. Bipartisan legislation introduced last week would make it a gross misdemeanor to report a fictitious emergency to 911 dispatchers with the intent of luring authorities somewhere.

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Rep. Jeff Howe Not in Favor of Proposed Gun Legislation [AUDIO]

Minnesota apparently won't pass any laws to ban assault rifles or high-capacity ammunition magazines this year. The bill aimed at reducing gun violence was introduced in the State House yesterday (Thursday).

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