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Dayton, Republicans clash over prekindergarten programs

Gov. Mark Dayton is defending his signature program to expand prekindergarten offerings, despite GOP opposition.

Governor has made pre-K education a top priority.

White House sought to block Yates' testimony on Russia

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in 2016.

The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying to Congress in the House investigation of links between Russian officials and Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Lawmakers consider harsher Wisconsin youth prison proposals

A Wisconsin state Senate committee is considering a package of anti-crime bills, including three that would impose harsher punishments on youth who commit crimes.

Trump administration seeks delay in ruling on climate plan

The Trump administration has asked a federal appeals court to postpone ruling on the merits of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change.

The Latest: AG sending 200 rape kits for testing monthly

The Latest on the state agency briefings to the Legislature's budget-writing committee (all times local):

The Latest: Wyden wants review of Russia-Trump relationships

The Latest on congressional maneuvering around investigations into Russian meddling into United States politics (all times local):

2 dead in officer-involved shooting, police investigating

Police are continuing to investigate how two people were killed in a shooting that involved two officers in a wealthy Louisville suburb.


U.S. Rep. Tim Walz says he's running for governor
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The Democratic congressman, who has represented southern Minnesota since his election in 2006, told the Rochester Post-Bulletin that he's running for governor.

Franken to vote against Gorsuch nomination
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As Democrats line up to oppose Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court, Sen. Al Franken is vowing to vote against Gorsuch and Sen. Amy Klobuchar appears to be leaning against him.


Woman strikes Capitol Police cruiser, taken into custody

A woman described as "erratic and aggressive" drove a vehicle into a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the Capitol on Wednesday morning and was taken into custody, police said.


FDA approves 1st drug for aggressive multiple sclerosis

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug for an aggressive kind of multiple sclerosis that steadily reduces coordination and the ability to walk.


Investment from China in Kushner Manhattan property is off

Talks with a Chinese company seeking a stake in a Fifth Avenue skyscraper owned by the family of Jared Kushner are over.


No LGBTQ category included in Census proposal for 2020 count

The U.S. Census Bureau did not include a separate count of LGBTQ Americans in its proposal for the 2020 Census.


Car FDR used while governor of NY is being repaired by state

A state-owned car used by Franklin D. Roosevelt while governor of New York is heading into the shop for some repairs.


Correction: Well Regulations story

In a story March 28 about a legislative bill on regulation of high-capacity wells, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Sen. Janis Ringhand is from Janesville. She is from Evansville.


Birds blamed for fire at Massachusetts water treatment plant

A fire that knocked a Massachusetts city's water treatment plant out of commission has been blamed on birds.


Human rights activist Nadia Murad writing memoir

Nadia Murad, the human rights activist who survived the murderous reign of ISIS, is working on a book.


Kaine to oppose Trump court pick, join filibuster

Sen. Tim Kaine is joining with most of his Democratic colleagues and says he will vote to filibuster President Donald Trump's choice of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court.


Supreme Court orders new look at "swipe fees" law

The Supreme Court is ordering a lower court to take a new look at a New York law that prohibits businesses from imposing fees on credit-card purchases.