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  • U of M professor studies the styles of Supreme Court justices
    Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota professor Timothy Johnson about how Supreme Court justices react to oral arguments over the nation's health care law at the Supreme Court.March 27, 2012
  • Monticello municipal broadband slugs it out
    Residents of Monticello started seven years ago to push for faster Internet service, and the bruising public-private battle that ensued is still going on. Residents have fast cheap service but the city's fledgling operation is struggling and under continued pressure from private competitors. Meanwhile, some lawmakers want to ban other cities from doing the same.March 26, 2012
  • Bonding will be the focus at the Minnesota Capitol this week
    Bonding bills will be in the spotlight this week at the state Capitol. But the Republican proposals for construction projects are nowhere near the size that DFL Governor Mark Dayton proposed, and that could make for a bumpy road during the final month of the legislative session. Lawmakers are also still trying to work out their differences on teacher seniority, and they might have to do the same on voter ID. Tim Pugmire talks about what we can expect this week with Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer.March 26, 2012
  • Bill for managed care plans praised in Sen. committee
    A Senate committee on Monday heard testimony on legislation targeting health plans that do business with the state.March 13, 2012
  • Minn. legislators offer competing changes to health care
    Republicans legislators Monday introduced a bill that they say would be an alternative to a state-based health insurance exchange that is being considered by Gov. Mark Dayton's administration.March 5, 2012
  • Judge blocks graphic images on cigarette packages
    A judge blocked a federal requirement that would have begun forcing U.S. tobacco companies to put large graphic images on their cigarette packages later this year to show the dangers of smoking and encouraging smokers to quit lighting up.February 29, 2012
  • Data: Violence, restraints common at Minnesota Security Hospital
    The world at the Minnesota Security Hospital is tense and sometimes violent. The state-run facility provides treatment to nearly 400 adults deemed mentally ill and dangerous by the judicial system.February 28, 2012
  • State facility for the mentally ill risks losing license over turmoil
    The Minnesota Security Hospital shows little sign of turning around a trend of worsening problems and new tensions that have surfaced, according to employees interviewed by MPR News and previously unreleased data from the state Department of Human Services.February 28, 2012
  • Two bills regulating abortion advance in Senate
    The Senate Health and Human Services Committee today advanced two bills that would place restrictions on clinics that provide abortions.February 27, 2012
  • Lawmakers urged to revoke 20 percent pay cut on personal care assistants
    Some personal care assistants in Minnesota are urging lawmakers to revoke a new law that cuts their pay by 20 percent. The Legislature last year reduced personal care assistant wages paid to family members.February 17, 2012
  • Legislative auditor to review HMO process for setting rates
    Minnesota's legislative auditor says he will seek a new review of the rate-setting process for HMOs providing services to Medicaid patients.February 15, 2012
  • House committee chair wants to end hospitality tax
    The Republican chair of the House Tax Committee said he would like to end the hospitality taxes Minneapolis has pledged to a Vikings stadium.February 13, 2012
  • Anti-tax group says lawmakers broke pledge
    A leading anti-tax group in Minnesota is criticizing some of the most conservative members of the Legislature for breaking a pledge not to raise taxes.February 3, 2012
  • Lawmakers to resume debate over health exchange
    The debate over a key part of the federal health care overhaul heats up again at the state capitol.January 31, 2012
  • 8th District will be political battleground this election
    One of the most hard-fought campaigns for Congress in Minnesota this year will be the battle for the 8th District in the northeastern part of the state.January 18, 2012

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