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Minnesotans should pay less for health care insurance under a plan senators passed 62-5 and representatives supported 127-7 early Sunday. The bill both adds 7,000 to the MinnesotaCare state-backed insurance program and takes steps to make Minnesotans healthier in an attempt to lower health-insurance premiums. The measure was not what everyone wanted. Sen.
According to the Minneapolis FBI, the man who robbed the TCF Bank in Hastings May 9 is also believed to be responsible for bank robberies in Duluth, Forest Lake, Oakdale, St. Paul and most recently, Roseville May 14. The rash of robberies began April 28 with the Como Northtown Community Credit Union in St. Paul. In both the Hastings and Roseville robberies, the suspect walked up to tellers and presented demand notes for money. The robber is described as black male with dark complexion and slight facial hair, in his mid to late 20s, approximately 5'4" to 5'6" tall, with a medium build.
House members gave overwhelming approval to allow Fargo, N.D.-based Prairie St. John's to build a psychiatric hospital in Woodbury. On a 125-8 vote, representatives allow the facility construction despite a statewide moratorium on new hospital beds. It would provide room for 66 patients - down from the 144-bed original request - for youths under 21 years of age. "The crisis is now," Rep. Marsha Swails, DFL-Woodbury, told her colleagues.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed legislation today funding a study of cancer found at an abnormally high rate among Iron Range mine workers. Pawlenty approved the bill paying for a $4.9 million study of mesothelioma, a rare lung cancer believed to have caused the deaths of 58 northeastern Minnesota mine workers. "I'm pleased we were able to work with the Legislature to reach a compromise that ensured these important studies will move forward," Pawlenty said in a statement.
Republicans begin airing a television commercial today in the Twin Cities area that targets House Democrats who supported a state gasoline tax increase earlier this year. It could be aired elsewhere later. "Who's to blame for higher gas prices? It's the Democrats in the state Capitol," says a voice in the 15-second ad. The House Republican Campaign Committee-funded ad will appear on Twin Cities' network affiliate television stations.
ST. PAUL - Taxes would fall for a third of Minnesota homeowners in a House Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party property tax proposal. House researcher Nina Manzi told the House Taxes Committee Monday that about 500,000 Minnesotans may be affected. The property tax proposal - the highlight of an overall tax bill unveiled Monday - eliminates income tax deductions for homeowners' property tax payments. Rep.
When 27-year-old Rohini Krishnamurthy died at Regions Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, she left behind more than a job and a family back in India. In beds at the same hospital, two close friends and coworkers who were trapped with her beneath St. Croix River waters on Sunday night remained, clinging to life. By late Thursday morning, Deepa Velluswamy was in serious condition, while Kalaiselvi Vijayakumar, was in critical condition, a hospital spokesperson said. Both women are 25 years old.
WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota's bovine tuberculosis status is officially downgraded today, following an announcement on Tuesday by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH). The U.S. Department of Agriculture has moved the state from Modified Accredited Advanced (MAA) to Modified Accredited (MA) status, meaning cattle and bison producers in the state must test their feeder and breeding animals for the disease before they can be transported out of state. Slaughter animals need not be tested if they are being transported from the farm directly to a processing facility.
The three-day snowstorm that pummeled the Iron Range from Saturday night through Monday morning didn't set any single day-snowfall records for the state but was one of the biggest multi-day snowfalls and may have been the state's largest April snowstorm. * The storm -- topped by 32 inches recorded just north of Virginia -- was easily the biggest April snowfall for the Iron Range.
ST. PAUL - Signs are that rural Minnesota's primary economic development program will survive a legislative attack, but there is no guarantee. The 4-year-old program that Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and rural lawmakers from both parties established is under fire this year for two reasons - it costs the state millions during a tough economic time and an audit discovered 30 problems with the program. "This has been a very valuable economic tool for rural Minnesota," Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, said. "Changes will be made." Marquart and Sen.