ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - It's a sprint to the finish for the Minnesota Legislature. Some must-pass items have yet to get final approval, including a plan that raises more than $2 billion in new taxes and another to pay for core state agencies. Lawmakers are also scrambling to approve a fix-up budget for the state Capitol building.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Senate voted early today to put a proposed change to the state constitution on the ballot in 2016. Voters will decide whether to let an independent board set legislators' pay. Sponsors say the change will remove a conflict of interest and take a politically charged matter out of the Capitol.
LINO LAKES, Minn. (AP) - Family members of a Lino Lakes police officer who died suddenly say he didn't have any apparent health issues. Thirty-seven year-old Chris Bragelman collapsed and died at a restaurant yesterday. He leaves behind a wife and three children.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A report by the Brookings Institution shows the number of suburban Minnesotans living in poverty more than doubled between 2000 and 2011. The study says poverty in the Twin Cities suburbs is growing faster than many other metropolitan areas in the nation. Researchers studied census and other data from nearly 100 metropolitan areas.
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