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Mayor, School Leaders Criticize GOP Education Bill

Mayors and superintendents from three of Minnesota's largest school districts are criticizing a Republican-sponsored education bill moving through the Legislature. Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth have a disproportionate number of the state's English language learners.

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Dayton Expects Minnesota Budget Talks To Pick Up Speed

Gov. Mark Dayton says he expects budget talks with top Republican lawmakers to pick up in the coming days. The Democratic governor said Tuesday that his breakfast meeting with GOP legislative leaders was "constructive."

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Plan For Revamped Minnesota Congressional Map Advances

A Republican-drafted plan to revamp Minnesota's eight congressional districts has moved through a state House committee. The proposal was approved by the House Redistricting Committee on a 7-5 party-line vote Tuesday after being made public the day before.

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Minnesota House Passes 3rd Grade Reading Bill

A bill approved by the Minnesota House would instruct school districts to hold back third graders who are struggling with reading. The bill requires that schools hold back students who are not reading at grade-level in third grade.

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Minnesota Panel Considers Borrowing For Flood Projects

A House bonding committee is taking up a $28 million proposal for flood-relief projects from Austin to Roseau. Tuesday's hearing in the House Capital Investment Committee comes as Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's recommendation for $1 billion in state borrowing has gone nowhere in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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New Boundaries On Tap For Minnesota Seats In Congress

Republicans are ready to offer a new-look playing field for Minnesota's eight seats in the U.S. House. A redistricting plan expect to come out Monday will suggest adjusted district lines reflect population shifts.

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Senator Pederson – ‘We’re Heading Toward A Special Session’ [AUDIO]

A State Senator from St. Cloud believes the legislature is heading toward a special session. While on WJON this (Friday) morning Senator John Peterson says he is less optimistic than ever, after Governor Dayton made a comment that he was willing to call a special session -- if the budget proposal doesn't include a tax increase for the state's highest earners.

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Minnesota House Passes Photo ID Requirement For Voting

The Minnesota House has passed a bill requiring voters to present a photo ID before they can cast a ballot. The GOP-sponsored bill passed 73-59 Thursday on a mostly party-line vote.

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Minnesota GOP Leader Says Vote On Nuclear Ban Unlikely

The top Senate Republican says the Minnesota Legislature likely won't vote this year on a bill to lift a ban on new nuclear power plants. Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch told reporters Thursday that the bill is "on pause" after passing both chambers in February.

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Long-Awaited ‘Racino’ Bill Gets Minnesota House Look

The proposal to allow casino-style gambling at Minnesota horse-racing tracks is getting a look at a Capitol hearing. The proposal to authorize the so-called racinos has percolated at the Legislature for years but been thwarted by opposition from tribal casino interests and gambling opponents.

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