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Monday, May 6, 2013

A judge has refused to stop the St. Croix River bridge project amid a federal lawsuit over minority contractor participation. (05/06/2013)
Minnesota's House of Representatives has voted to give victims, historians and engineers a chance to claim some of the crumpled steel from the deadly 2007 collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge before the rest is sold for scrap. (05/06/2013)
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that claimed the state of Minnesota was wrongfully charged for more than 37,000 abortions for indigent women. (05/06/2013)
The Senate sided with traditional retailers and financially strapped state and local governments Monday by passing a bill that would widely subject online shopping -- for many a largely tax-free frontier -- to state sales taxes.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has cancelled an alert for a missing Duluth boy.
Legislation allowing for the unionization of two groups of workers failed on a tie vote Monday in a Minnesota Senate committee.
City streets have been neglected and are suffering because too much is spent on bike lanes and public art, says Cam Winton, running for Minneapolis mayor.
A 13-year-old girl was the victim of an attempted kidnapping not far from Lake Calhoun, according to the Minneapolis Police Department.
Funerals are considered the most elaborate -- and important -- of all Hmong ceremonies. Now, though, many Hmong-Americans are unfamiliar with the time-honored tradition.
Kerri's book pick this week is "Maya's Notebook," a new novel from Isabel Allende.
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, Congress will delve into an examination of domestic security.
The best-selling author of "You Just Don't Understand" and "Can We Talk?" and Georgetown linguistics professor Deborah Tannen talks about gender, age and cultural differences in the ways people communicate and suggests ways we can make ourselves better understood.
The U.S. House will vote on legislation co-sponsored by Rep. John Kline this week that could make a significant change to how hourly workers get paid. He says the measure would allow people to have more flexibility in how they're compensated for working overtime.
A St. Paul City Council member is leaving the council to lead a state office.
Johnson Controls says its subcontract with an architectural firm to design new schools and remodel others for the St. Louis County school district was not subject to the state's open records law because the agreement wasn't carrying out a government function.
Police are looking for the person who left an explosive device in St. Cloud that caused an evacuation.
A tax increase on beer, wine and liquor is turning out to be one of the more controversial parts of the House Omnibus tax bill.
During debate over the House tax bill last week, Rep. Linda Runbeck made this common argument: If the Legislature raises taxes, people will move and take their tax dollars with them.
Long-time Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has apparently been released by the team. The 8-year veteran of the team said "So long, Minnesota, and thanks for all the fish!," via his Twitter account Monday.
The FBI believes "a terror attack was disrupted" when authorities arrested a man after they converged on a mobile home in western Minnesota that contained Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms, the agency said Monday.
As a Senate committee prepares to begin voting this week on far-reaching immigration legislation, advocates are watching warily to see whether relatively tame opposition balloons into the kind of fierce resistance that killed Congress' last attempt to overhaul the system.
The company hired to oversee a major reconstruction project for the St. Louis County Schools will argue today before the Minnesota Supreme Court that certain data involved in the project is not subject to the state's open records law.
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, the latest Republican to enter the race for Minnesota governor, is hoping to stitch together a GOP coalition from factions that have been at odds with each other in the last few election cycles.
Minnesota utilities already are replacing coal-fired power plants with windmills, prompted by the state's landmark 2007 Next Generation Energy Act. Now, state legislators have introduced bills in the House and Senate that would increase the use of solar systems in homes and businesses.
Stearns County authorities have joined the search for clues to the disappearance of an Eden Prairie woman whose ex-boyfriend committed suicide outside the Eden Prairie police station.
The southwestern Minnesota city of Luverne had been counting on the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System to help it secure an adequate water supply. But it's been 13 years since the water project was authorized, and Luverne is among nine out of 20 system members that still don't receive Missouri River water through a pipeline.
Among the most divisive issues in American life - guns, abortion, same-sex marriage - no gulf seems quite so deep as that between religious believers and nonbelievers.
Jaren Kuester, 31, of Waukesha, Wis., remains jailed in Lafayette County on tentative charges of first-degree intentional homicide.
Officials in Cambridge, Mass., have urged the family of deceased Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev not to ask that he be buried in a city-owned cemetery. Meanwhile, at least four private cemeteries in the area have already turned down such a request.
Brian McClung, an aide to former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, supports legalizing same-sex marriage. Fritz Knaak, a former Republican state senator, oposes it. They debated the issue with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
The Minnesota House passed a minimum wage increase on Friday, and the Senate will vote on the proposal this week.
Authorities say family members were concerned about Alyssa Mariel-Lorraine Lafountain because she requires a feeding tube and a special diet.
The bill revamps Minnesota's anti-bullying law, which at 37 words is considered one of the weakest in the nation.
A Wisconsin task force is planning to host a summit later this month to discuss implementing the first statewide plan for dealing with invasive species.
A missing German shepherd has been found safe after its owner died in crash on Interstate 94 near Menomonie during Thursday's snowstorm.
Historians, safety officials, educators and victims of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse would have six months to claim remnant steel from it under a bill the Minnesota House is set to vote on Monday.
Megan Olivia Hall teaches grades 7-12 at the Open World Learning Community in St. Paul. She was presented with the award Sunday.
The Supreme Court convenes in Minnesota schools twice a year. Monday's session will feature oral arguments of a real case, followed by a question-and-answer session, lunch and classroom visits.

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