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In the wake of the latest mass shooting, gun rights supporters remained steadfast that 2nd Amendment should be inviolate, while gun control supporters say they are more motivated than ever.
Some legislators are still nervous about possible collection of private data.
Police bid for privacy denied, leaving issue up to state law.
Come January, Minnesota driver’s license might not suffice at the airport.
Republicans say jobs will be lost; DFLers say it’s part of the state’s clean-energy revolution.
The FBI finally came for Guled Omar on a Sunday morning. A squad of agents crashed through the front door of the house on Columbus…
Columbia Heights man names co-conspirators, explains ISIL’s appeal to Westernized youth.
Hanad Musse, one of seven defendants charged with conspiring to leave the United States to fight alongside terrorists in Syria, pleaded guilty in federal court in Minneapolis Wednesday.
The program still received pushback from some Islamic organizations.
Plea negotiations are also underway for at least two other defendants, and agreements could be reached within the next week to 10 days, according to multiple sources.
Tony Chesak’s first phone call of the day Thursday was crucial for one of the thousands proprietors he represents: Is it legal to take…
An indictment filed in April against Mahamed Abukar Said, 19, of Minneapolis alleged he threatened authorities, including the U.S. Attorney in Minneapolis and the FBI, with a “massacre.”
Defense attorneys were visibly frustrated by judge’s ruling in the case of seven young Somali-American men charged with conspiring to support the terror group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
The appeals court said the evidence warrants the sentences for supporting al-Shabab.
Fearing their arrests were imminent, seven Somali-American men tried to get out of the country last spring to fight alongside terrorists in Syria before FBI agents could catch up to them, according to new evidence released Friday by federal prosecutors.
Attorneys for 7 suspects in FBI case are also seeking lighter security at trial, saying it could influence jury.
Defense attorneys say payments undermine the informant’s credibility.
U.S. district judge to weigh options for “deradicalization” before release
Both sides file documents in fight over release of three of the suspects.
Charges in the October incident follow Mohamed Ali Omar's release from federal custody
Convicted of threatening FBI agents, Mohamed Ali Omar must wear monitor bracelet until sentencing.
Daniel Rohricht was accused of stealing from his bankrupt business. He admits he is not "lily-white," but he said he is no "mini-Denny' Hecker."
“This stuff is fake,” said the mother of two men charged in a terrorism conspiracy before a hearing Thursday for her oldest son.
Mohamed Omar, whose brother is among several Twin Cities men being held on terrorism-related charges, has been in federal detention seven months.
A big surplus had some thinking this session would be smooth, but the extra money fueled extra debates.
Minnesotans chose divided government in last year’s election, giving Gov. Mark Dayton a second term while flipping control of the House to Republicans. And division…
After federal court hearing, judge ordered the Minneapolis man to remain in custody.
The men are accused of planning to join ISIL.
Minnesota House and Senate leaders said late Friday that they had struck a tentative budget deal, but the governor was objecting to the level of education funding and said he intends to stand firm.
With little apparent progress and time running out, Dayton and lawmakers trade accusations
Limits on flame-retardant treatments would be most restrictive in nation.
Sen. Paul Gazelka says the measure is a compromise.
House counterparts say it could derail bill to curb license-plate readers.
It’s a story state Rep. Nick Zerwas has shared plenty of times before — it defines who he is today. But on Friday, it…
House leaders have been reluctant to act on the effort by Minnesota firefighters to ban flame retardant chemicals they blame for higher cancer rates,
Bill addresses issues like drunken driving, texting.
Without Sunday amendment, omnibus liquor bill passes easily.
The bipartisan group had high hopes that this year’s outcome would be different.
“I recognize my comments last night offended some people," Republican Rep. Jim Newberger said. "I will work in the future to not repeat this mistake.”
The Minnesota Senate rejected a Sunday sales measure, but proponents remain optimistic.
Senate leader says biggest hurdle is in the House.
Tucked in the Minnesota Senate’s Health and Human Services Omnibus bill is an appropriation to fund mental health services specifically for hundreds of Minnesota Hmong and Lao veterans born before 1965.
House Speaker Kurt Daudt said move to reverse sales ban has a better chance than in past years.
To the hundreds who filled the House chamber for Thursday’s State of the State address, Gov. Mark Dayton is, whether adversary or ally, a man…
Some of the money is dependent on quick and frequent visits by caseworkers.
A fight over driver insurance requirements had Uber threatening to leave the state.
Measure addresses instances where lawsuits are filed in retaliation.
Minnesotans are nearly as divided as lawmakers are on what to do with the state’s projected $1.9 billion budget surplus. Nearly 40 percent prefer refunds; 30 percent say “salt it away.”
Senator’s plan for ‘jail diversion hubs’ gets pushback from advocates.
Genital piercing came up in regulation discussion.
Uber manager says $1 million policy requirement would affect strategy in state.
If approved by Legislature, Minnesotans could get easier access to experimental drugs, devices still under clinical trials.
Tension punctuated a House hearing last week over how long law enforcement agencies can keep on file data gleaned from automated license plate readers…
Advocates say the devices, now banned in the state, protect shooters’ hearing. Foes say they aid criminals.
A coalition of House and Senate Republicans want to ban transgender students from participating in girls’ sports and would require student athletes to use the bathrooms, locker rooms and changing rooms appropriate to their birth gender.
Apprehension unit can’t begin to keep up with its list of parole violators
A wide swath of measures did not include a repeal of the ban on Sunday sales.
A wide swath of proposals by lawmakers did not include a repeal of Sunday sales ban.
Skeptics say the legislation is probably unconstitutional.
Bill sends nearly $16 million in emergency funding to three agencies.
Gov. Mark Dayton was named Friday to a national forum of governors that will advise federal defense agencies on National Guard issues. The appointment…
Bill clears state Senate Judiciary Committee, with newfound support from Republican lawmakers and right-leaning groups.
Broad coalition pushes state amendment for greater data protection, but Senate obstacles arise.
Four years have passed since the night Jennifer Axelberg took refuge in a vehicle to escape her abusive husband after an alcohol-fueled fight at…
DFLers hope that the governor’s anger cools and that the two will talk.
Loopholes in state law make Minnesota more vulnerable.
GOP, DFL agree that the monthly stipend is overdue for a raise.
They’re divided over whether such an amendment is necessary or redundant.
The proposal by a trio of cops-turned-legislators is pitched as an effort to protect citizens’ privacy. But advocates of open government vow to fight that.
Auto retailers locking their doors on Sundays is one thing that hasn’t changed in Minnesota for decades, thanks to a 58-year-old “blue law.” But a Minnesota legislator is reviving a dormant attempt at doing away with a law she calls ridiculous, and the industry isn’t happy.
Concern among Minnesota lawmakers was nearly universal over license plate readers, a new crime-fighting technology in 2012 that had the potential to compromise the…
Despite years of failed attempts, public demand is overwhelming, advocates say.
Gov. Dayton says money will attract top-tier faculty, address an expected shortage of doctors.
Lawmakers unveiled an 11-point plan in response to reports detailing the need to bolster protection.
A bill from Sen. Dave Osmek, above, would allow more local control of the huge planning and policymaking entity by requiring the governor’s appointees to get some local signoff.
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