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ST. PAUL—The country's health insurance situation is more confusing than ever, but within days at least one segment of Minnesota's population will know more about their 2018 coverage. The Minnesota Commerce Department on Monday, Oct. 2, will announce premium prices and other details for 2018 individual health insurance policies. Those are the policies bought by people not covered by employer or government policies. Commerce Department officials say that once the figures are announced, they cannot change.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota overstepped its authority in a 2007 law that restricts buying electricity from North Dakota coal-fired power plants, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The Next Generation...
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Democratic senators want to borrow nearly $1 billion more for public works projects than House Republicans and slightly more than the governor. Even so, Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, D-Plummer, said his $1.5 billion legislation falls far short of the $5.2 billion state and local governments sought.
ST. PAUL – Paul Thissen spent two years as Minnesota House speaker, often regarded as the second most powerful political position in the state. But the Minneapolis Democrat lost most of his power when Republicans took back control of the House two years ago, relegating Thissen to minority leader. Usually, the majority party can pass bills it wants without help from the minority party.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota lawmakers do more than legislate; they also sometimes ask people to investigate, and they want to see those reports. Such is the case in a couple of recent issues: a state worker who seemingly emailed opposition to a northern Minnesota oil pipeline and a Commerce Department official accused of improperly ordering the destruction of documents.
ST. PAUL—Getting a low-income family's infant off to the right start can make a big difference in that baby's life, a Minnesota House committee heard Tuesday as it considered funding a program to give items ranging from diapers to spoons. The box the items come in even can be used, as a bed for the newborn. The $500,000 state program would help a variety of babies, but especially minorities, bill sponsor Rep. Dave Pinto, D-St. Paul, said.
ST. PAUL - Fantasy sports should be legal in Minnesota, the state House decided Monday. Representatives gave 100-28 approval to legislation that would specifically make it legal. Current law is...
ST. PAUL – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has added Mississippi to North Carolina as off limits to most official state travel. "It is a step backwards for this country," Dayton said about new laws that he considers anti-gay in the two states.
ST. PAUL—A Minnesota Senate committee supported a pilot project for vehicles that drive themselves, but on the same day Reuters news service reported that things are not going well for some of the vehicles in California. "Volvo's North American CEO, Lex Kerssemakers, lost his cool as the automaker's semi-autonomous prototype sporadically refused to drive itself during a press event at the Los Angeles Auto Show," Reuters reported. "'It can't find the lane markings!' Kerssemakers griped to Mayor Eric Garcetti, who was at the wheel. 'You need to paint the bloody roads here!'"
ST. PAUL—Warning bells figuratively clanged Friday when a Minnesota state Senate committee held its first hearing on new legislation to force railroads to release more information about hazardous materials they haul. Even some Republicans who generally support railroads warned that railroads need to work better with public safety officials.