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New Minnesota Law Eases Shift Swaps By Airline Workers

Workers for Delta Airlines and other air carriers will have more leeway to trade work shifts when a new Minnesota law takes effect Friday. Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill Thursday that exempts airlines from a state statute requiring overtime pay for workers who put in more than 48 hours a week, in cases when the employees voluntarily agree to swap scheduled hours.

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Minnesota House Approves Deep Cuts In Health Spending

The Minnesota House has approved deep cuts to projected health and welfare spending after a long debate. The proposal approved early Thursday would cut projected health and social service spending by $1.7 billion over the next two years.

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Minnesota Panel Votes To Let Breweries Serve Directly

Legislation allowing a Brooklyn Center brewery and other Minnesota beer-makers to serve their brews directly to customers at their establishments cleared a state Senate panel Wednesday, after a concerted social media lobbying effort by Surly Brewing Co. helped soften opposition from the powerful liquor lobby.

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Lawmaker Serves Up New TCF Stadium Booze Bill

Minnesota lawmakers are coping with their three-year hangover: Whether to allow beer and alcohol sales at the University of Minnesota's on-campus football stadium.

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Legislators – Vikings Stadium Bill Comes Next Week

Two Minnesota lawmakers say they will offer a bill for a new Vikings stadium next week. The Vikings released a letter from Sen. Julie Rosen of Fairmont and Rep. Morrie Lanning of Moorhead on their website Thursday night.

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GOP-Backed Bills Cut Minnesota State Park Funding

A third of Minnesota state parks could see their hours and services reduced under Republican-backed environmental bills approved by the Minnesota House and Senate. DNR officials say up to 10 parks might have to be "mothballed" until state finances improve, if the bills become law.

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Minnesota K-12 Bill Ups Pupil Payments, Cuts Programs

The Minnesota House has passed a public school funding bill that increases per-pupil payments to schools while making major changes to the way that they operate.

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Minnesota Lawmakers Okay Cuts On Parks, Safety, Colleges

The Minnesota House has passed a higher education budget bill that cuts funding for the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities systems.

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GOP Bill Would Cut Meals On Wheels Programs

A minor spending cut in a sprawling Senate health and welfare bill threatens home-delivered meals for thousands of poor senior citizens and could result in lost federal dollars.

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Minnesota House Passes GOP-Favored Income Tax Cut

The Minnesota House of Representatives has voted to cut state income taxes as part of a package of changes to state tax policy, but the bill faces a cold reception from Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

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