Last-minute lobbying aims to sway Vikings vote A vote on the future of a new $1 billion Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis will be put to a vote in the Minnesota House today. Supporters say a three-day lobbying effort by the team, Gov. Mark Dayton, labor groups and fans may have pushed the deal to the verge of approval.6:55 a.m.
Today is a pivotal day at the Capitol After months of debate and years of anticipation, state lawmakers are finally poised to vote on a bill to build a new Vikings stadium.
The Minnesota House is expected to hold a marathon debate on the bill today, and the conclusion of 2012 session appears to be right around the corner. But there are some other unresolved issues.
Capitol reporter Tim Pugmire previews today's action with Minnesota Public Radio's Phil Picardi.7:20 a.m.
Minn. test of meds delivery in emergency goes well The Minnesota Department of Health and U.S. postal workers responded to a fictional airborne anthrax attack in the Twin Cities this weekend. The scenario is designed to prepare officials for a biological terror attack. Officials called the test a success.7:25 a.m.
Slow building recovery means it's a good time to remodel While the hard-hit construction industry appears to be recovering slowly from the recession, times are still tough in the building trades. That means there's often intense competition for the remodeling work that is available, and it's been pushing down the cost of home renovations.8:25 a.m.
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