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Fight between Dayton, lawmakers shines light on hefty legislative expenses

The latest turn in the monthslong dispute between the governor and Legislature provides a rare glimpse into the finances of the Legislature, which is not subject to the same open records laws as other public entities in Minnesota, like cities and county governments.

Court filings provide a rare glimpse into expenses.

Dayton: 'Nightmarish' fed insurance process could cost state millions

With the reinsurance program, Minnesota would be using public money to help offset the cost of the plans sold through MNsure, the state’s insurance exchange, and the broader individual market.

The millions of dollars that Minnesota wants to spend to limit rate hikes in the individual health insurance market could cost the state millions more in federal funding for low-income health care.

The Latest: Iowa Supreme Court hears $75 traffic ticket case

The Latest on an Iowa woman taking a traffic case to the state Supreme Court (all times local):

Michigan sued after gay couples are rejected for adoption

The American Civil Liberties Union says Michigan is illegally allowing faith-based groups to reject gay couples who want to adopt kids or become foster parents.

Government seeks prison time for Weiner in sexting case

Federal prosecutors say former congressman Anthony Weiner should go to prison for about two years for engaging in sexting with a 15-year-old girl.

Attorneys: Portions of Foxconn law could be unconstitutional

Nonpartisan attorneys for the Wisconsin Legislature say portions of a newly signed law speeding up legal appeals related to the Foxconn Technology Group's factory could be unconstitutional.

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Best Buy CEO signs letter with other leaders supporting DACA

Hubert Joly and other leaders urge President Trump to not end the program that allows undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to continue to work and study in the country

Sen. Klobuchar talks politics on The Daily Show
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar appeared on The Daily Show Tuesday night to talk about getting things done in Congress, lowering drug prices and the direction of the Democratic party.


Dayton cranks up pressure on feds to protect health programs

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is blasting federal health officials for holding up approval of a program meant to lower health insurance costs and threatening millions of dollars in cuts to health care for the working poor.


Mississippi has the license plate blues for 1 more year

Mississippi will have the license plate blues for one more year.


Pennsylvania takes credit ratings hit amid budget fight

Pennsylvania's credit rating took its latest hit Wednesday, another black eye in a nearly three-month budget stalemate that has pitted Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Senate against the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.


Tarps covering Confederate statues are being ripped down

Officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, are trying to stop people from ripping down tarps that cover statues of Confederate generals.


Prosecutors: Menendez tried to hide free flights, hotel stay

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez didn't report free flights and a luxury hotel stay paid for by a wealthy donor on Senate disclosure forms over a span of several years, according to testimony Wednesday in the two men's bribery trial.


Captain: Oklahoma City man killed by police was deaf

Oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man who was approaching them holding a metal pipe apparently didn't hear witnesses yelling that the man was deaf, the department said Wednesday.


Study: Most states would take a hit from GOP health bill

Most states would take a stiff budgetary hit if the latest Senate GOP health care bill becomes law, according to an independent analysis released Wednesday. That would likely result in more uninsured Americans.


US stock indexes mixed ahead of Fed announcement; oil rises

U.S. stock indexes were mostly higher in morning trading Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's latest economic and interest rate policy update. Industrial companies, including…


The Latest: Witnesses yelled 'he can't hear' before shooting

The Latest on a man holding a stick who was shot and killed by an Oklahoma City police officer (all times local):


Judge: Inmate drug reaction wasn't enough to stop execution

Descriptions of the repeated rising and falling of an inmate's stomach weren't enough to stop his execution under current legal precedent governing lethal injection in Ohio, a federal judge said in explaining his decision not to intervene.