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Medical marijuana advances, Sunday booze sales go flat, and our weather's growing more extreme

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Minn. Senate approves medical marijuana bill
    In a bipartisan vote, the state Senate voted 48 to 18 Tuesday for a bill that allows approved patients access to cannabis in pill and liquid form, but not smoking. The Senate measure does not have the blessing of law enforcement or DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.
  • Minn. Senate defeats Sunday booze sales bid
    The future of a bill that would alter some of Minnesota's liquor laws is in jeopardy after senators argued Tuesday over alcohol sales on Sundays. The larger liquor bill became tangled in a fight over whether to let craft brewers sell growlers of beer on Sundays.
  • Stormy outlook for Minnesota in climate change report
    A new report from the White House on climate change says problems related to global warming will become "increasingly disruptive" across the country, including Minnesota, for the remainder of the 21st Century and beyond. We have some initial reaction to the report's findings.
  • Roundy's sells Rainbow Foods stores in Twin Cities
    Ten of the stores will become Cub Foods locations. Byerly's will take control of Rainbow stores in Eden Prairie and Woodbury. The six other operations will remain Rainbow stores under new ownership.
  • Maple Grove woman faces misdemeanor charges over pond crash
    Marion Guerrido, 23, faces misdemeanor charges for driving without a driver's license and driving without insurance, and a petty misdemeanor for not properly restraining one of the five children in the car.
  • Long-term joblessness remains high in Minn., stumping experts
    Although unemployment in Minnesota is running far below the national average, it's still taking many Minnesotans an unusually long time to find work. Nearly 40,000 workers in the state have been job hunting for six months or longer.
  • At Union Depot, a celebration of a failed transportation option
    Today is a big day at Union Depot where Amtrak will make its first passenger stop since the time when it was actually a dependable mode of transportation.
  • The changing picture of poverty: Hard work is 'just not enough'
    There are 46 million poor people in the U.S., and millions more hover right above the poverty line -- but go into many of their homes, and you might find a flat-screen TV, a computer or the latest sneakers. And that raises a question: What does it mean to be poor in America today?
  • National report card shows stagnant scores for reading, math
    The government released the latest national test scores on Wednesday, and the news isn't good: 12th-graders are headed toward graduation, but many don't have the skills they need to succeed in college or work.
  • Committee agrees to improve working conditions for women
    The agreement would expand unpaid family leave and require businesses to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant and nursing employees. It would also provide money to help increase the number of women working in high-wage, high-demand jobs.
  • 4 indicted in Minnesota drug cartel torture case
    According to the charges and other court papers, the victims were released, but not before the captors allegedly nearly severed one man's finger and one woman was allegedly raped.
  • Whistleblower suit alleges Wildcat Sanctuary head retaliated against workers
    The suit alleges that all six paid staff members contacted former board chair Charles Durant in March 2013 to report that Thies had misused funds and supplies and that Thies retaliated against the employees by unfairly criticizing their performance.
  • Judge who brokered NFL deal to mediate Southwest light rail fight
    Bringing in Boylan shows how difficult the negotiations between Minneapolis and Met Council have become, but it also suggests the parties want to find a way to make a deal.
  • Minnesota sends in Super Bowl bid
    Minnesota is vying with Indianapolis, which hosted the 2012 game, and New Orleans, which hosted the 2013 Super Bowl (along with an infamous blackout). The next Super Bowl will be in the Phoenix, followed by San Francisco and Houston.
  • Dayton signs bill for newborn screening program
    The new law removes the state's two-year time limit on storing those test results. It also eliminates the 71-day limit on archiving newborn blood spot cards.

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