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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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Minnesota Gay Marriage Bill Unveiled at Capitol

Minnesota lawmakers have launched a push to allow gay marriage in the state beginning this summer. Sponsors of the gay marriage bill aim to repeal Minnesota's 1997 law that prohibited marriage between couples of the same sex.

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St. Cloud Business Leaders Heading to St. Paul to Meet with Governor, Lawmakers [AUDIO]

Business leaders from around St. Cloud are heading to the State Capitol tomorrow (Wednesday). The 7th Annual "St. Cloud Area Evening at the Capitol" is being organized by the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Minnesota Bill Would Steer Kids from Subpar Teachers

New legislation would demand that Minnesota school administrators avoid putting children in classrooms led by teachers deemed unsatisfactory if they had one the previous year. The bill introduced Monday by three Democratic state senators and one Republican is the latest attempt to make teacher effectiveness a bigger part of school decisions.

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Senators to Talk Sunday Liquor Store Sales

Minnesota senators are returning to a familiar topic: whether to permit Sunday liquor store sales. The Senate Commerce Committee was expected Monday to discuss the measure, but wasn't planning to take a vote.

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Mayor Kleis Testifies in Support of Cameras at Stop Lights [AUDIO]

A bill permitting Minnesota cities to post cameras at intersections to catch red-light runners has been set aside just as a House committee appeared ready to defeat it. St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis and Police Chief Blair Anderson testified to the committee in favor of the cameras.

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Round 2 of Gun Debate on Tap at Minnesota Capitol

Minnesota state senators are diving into the debate over gun control measures at the Capitol. The Senate Judiciary Committee convenes Thursday and Friday to review a handful of bills related to gun rights.

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