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Dayton calls for 6 weeks paid parenting leave for state workers

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Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday pushed for six weeks of paid leave for all new parents employed by the state, saying the bonding between newborns and parents "is just crucial."

Kline blasts Obama's war policies, worries about health of Minn. GOP

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Rep. John Kline, Republican serving his final year in Congress after 14 years, criticized the Obama Administration's handling of foreign military crises, elaborated on his recent presidential endorsement of Sen. Marco Rubio and visibly worried over the state of the Minnesota Republican Party and its chances of retaining his seat in the Republican fold.

House Republicans call on Gov. Mark Dayton to halt childcare union election

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Rep. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley, wrote a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday calling on him to halt an election that began Monday in which independent childcare providers are deciding whether to form a union.

Howe and Lewis spar over abortion in Second District debate

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John Howe and Jason Lewis sparred over abortion rights during a debate between the Republican candidates for Congress in Minnesota Second Congressional District.

Missouri's longest-serving sheriff pleads guilty to stealing

The career of Missouri's longest-serving sheriff has come to an abrupt end after he pleaded guilty to stealing reimbursement checks for his own use.


Ferguson City Council expected to vote on DOJ agreement

The Ferguson City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a police and court reform proposal with the U.S. Department of Justice, an agreement that would cost the St. Louis suburb millions of dollars.


University of Kansas touts projects, defends bonding deal

The University of Kansas turned to a Wisconsin agency to secure financing for new student housing and new science labs because it needed to move quickly, university officials said Tuesday, as the school sought to answer Republican lawmakers' allegations that it went rogue.


Court upholds tax evasion convictions of Atkins diet doctor

A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of a Kansas obesity specialist who co-authored the "Atkins Diabetes Revolution."


Hoarding, fuel shortages seen as Syrian troops near Aleppo

With Syrian government troops closing in on Aleppo, some residents are preparing to flee while others are storing up food and other supplies for a…


Senate confirms Obama's choice for ambassador to Myanmar

The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's nominee to serve as ambassador to Myanmar.


Arizona bill aims to give state the right to refuse refugees

Legislation being proposed by an Arizona House Republican would allow the state to refuse to help resettle refugees if it can't ensure they have been properly screened and vetted for terrorism risks.


Illinois bill would criminalize filming fights to put online

The video posted on Facebook showed a 12-year-old on the ground while another boy tried to stomp him, with classmates standing by, circling the two and recording the fight on their phones.


Corps includes diversion among 2016 construction projects

Backers of a Red River diversion project around the flood-prone Fargo area say they're grateful that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is officially backing a plan that would combine public and private resources to build the channel.


Dayton proposes paid parental leave for all state employees

Gov. Mark Dayton wants to offer paid parental leave to all 35,000 state employees.


Iowa high court to consider state's ban on voting by felons

In a major voting rights case, the Iowa Supreme Court will consider whether to relax the state's lifetime ban on voting by convicted felons.


Trump aims for victory in NH after Iowa disappointment

Donald Trump, under pressure to score his first electoral win, set his hopes on New Hampshire Tuesday as voters began flooding polling stations across the state in the nation's first primary. His rivals placed high hopes in a strong second-place finish, looking to break out from the pack and ensure the survival of their campaigns.


Clinton trying to prevent a big Sanders victory in NH

Hillary Clinton braced for a potential loss in New Hampshire, the site of her 2008 comeback, seeking to deny rival Bernie Sanders a big victory in the nation's first presidential primary and a springboard into a competitive primary campaign.


Ex-Vegas officer, department sued in body camera force case

A California woman who authorities say was illegally beaten by a police officer wearing a body camera has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking damages from Las Vegas police, the former patrol officer and his partner at the time.


Obama again proposes cut in Great Lakes protection program

For the third consecutive year, President Barack Obama is proposing to cut a program that focuses on the Great Lakes' biggest environmental threats.