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Rep. Tom Emmer's town hall proves largely Minnesota Nice

Rep. Tom Emmer faced a crowd at a town hall meeting Wednesday night in Sartell, Minn.

An overflow crowd raised questions but not voices at Sartell meeting.

Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance

Transgender students lost federal protections that allowed them to use school bathrooms, such as this one in a Seattle high school, and locker rooms matching their gender identities.

Transgender students on Wednesday lost federal protections that allowed them to use school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, as the Trump administration stepped into a long-simmering national debate.

Ohio, Wisconsin kick start interstate talks on Trump effect

Republican legislative leaders from Ohio and Wisconsin are joining forces, and hoping to enlist others, as they prepare for massive changes in how the federal government under President Donald Trump deals with states.

Dayton taps former Supreme Court chief for stadium role

Gov. Mark Dayton is tapping a former Minnesota Supreme Court chief justice to lead the state's embattled oversight agency of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium.

Walker calls for more states' rights under Trump

Gov. Scott Walker says he is optimistic that states will get more power under President Donald Trump's administration.

Building to be named for legislator slain in church shooting

The South Carolina senator and pastor who was slain during the Charleston church shootings will have a county building named in his honor.

Advocates urge judge to keep injunction on Yellowstone dam

Wildlife advocates are urging a federal judge to keep in place an injunction blocking a $57 million irrigation dam and fish passage proposed for the Yellowstone River.

MN Sen. David Osmek uses colorful language in email to describe Southwest light rail
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No regrets, he says.

Sunday liquor store sales bill passes Minn. Senate committee
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The Senate Commerce Committee passed a bill that would allow liquor stores to be open on Sundays.

The Latest: Wis. gov tells conservatives 'go big, go bold'

The Latest on the Conservative Political Action Conference (all times local):

$3.35M settlement for family of black teen killed by officer

Relatives of an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by police in Madison, Wisconsin, say they have settled a federal civil rights lawsuit for $3.35 million.

NYC lowers cost estimate for presidential protection

New York City has lowered its cost estimate for guarding President Donald Trump, his family and their Manhattan residence.

Blatz selected as interim chief of U.S. Bank Stadium committee

It had been a week since Michele Kelm-Helgen, MSFA chairwoman, and Ted Mondale, the executive director, resigned from the board amid legislative pressure.

Arkansas Supreme Court strikes city's LGBT protections

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a city's ordinance banning discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, but it stopped short of saying whether a state law aimed at prohibiting such local LGBT protections is constitutional.

Claims for US jobless benefits tick up, level still healthy

More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but claims remained at a low level consistent with a healthy job market.

Some San Jose residents return to waterlogged homes

Some residents returned home to sort through waterlogged furniture, toys and clothing after being abruptly evacuated when a surging creek carrying engine fuel and sewage water inundated thousands of homes in San Jose.

Conservative activist O'Keefe posts tapes targeting CNN

Conservative activist James O'Keefe has released what he says are 119 hours of raw audio secretly recorded inside CNN's Atlanta headquarters in 2009.

INFLUENCE GAME: GM bill is self-driving and self-interested

With states seizing the initiative on shaping the future of self-driving cars, General Motors is trying to persuade legislators across the country to approve rules that would benefit the automaker while potentially keeping its competitors off the road.

Philly mayor: $5.7M beverage tax haul doubles projections

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says the city's sweetened-beverage tax raised $5.7 million in January, more than double what city officials had projected.