Minnesota state lawmakers promised when the legislative session began that their top priority was setting a new state budget. To that end, they produced a $38.3 billion two-year spending plan that hikes taxes on top income earners and on cigarettes, and distributes hefty spending increases to public schools, freezes tuition at state colleges and steers new money to job-creation programs.
Top Minnesota lawmakers purposely delayed the start of a new sales tax on warehousing services until next April in case they need to revise or undo it before then.
Medical device maker Medtronic confirms it is eliminating 2,000 jobs worldwide, including 500 in Minnesota.
A second teenager has pleaded guilty in the shooting death of a 5-year-old boy who was killed by a stray bullet in north Minneapolis.
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