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Dayton, Republicans clash over prekindergarten programs

Gov. Mark Dayton is headed for a clash with state House Republicans as they seek to stop the spread of prekindergarten classes in Minnesota public schools.

House Republicans target top Dayton priority in school budget proposal

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.

White House staff will also skip correspondents dinner

White House staff will be skipping this year's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner along with President Donald Trump.

Minnesota shouldn't be affected by Clean Power Plan's end

State law and industry forces have already set course toward renewable energy.

The Latest: District stands behind right to free expression

The Latest on a lawsuit over free-speech zones at colleges (all times local):

Florida lottery tickets could soon come with warning label

Florida lottery tickets could soon carry a big warning label if a Republican legislator gets her way.

Trump says he expects a health care deal soon

President Donald Trump says he expects to make a deal on health care, even though his first attempt failed just a few days ago.


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.


IRRRB names new management company for Giants Ridge resort

It's the latest change at Giants Ridge after an unflattering audit in 2016.


OAS pushes Venezuela to engage in dialogue as tensions flare

Members of the Organization of American States urged Venezuela's government and opposition to settle their differences through dialogue Tuesday, backing off from threats to suspend the socialist-run country and providing President Nicolas Maduro some short-term relief as he struggles to rescue the polarized nation from crisis.


Man gets 15 months in wine theft from California restaurant

A federal judge in California sentenced a man Tuesday to 15 months in prison following his conspiracy conviction in the theft of more than $500,000 worth of wine from a famed Napa Valley restaurant, prosecutors said.


College campus free-speech zones face new scrutiny, lawsuit

On some college campuses, students and outsiders are allowed to protest and distribute flyers only in free-speech zones. Supporters say it's a way to protect…


Arkansas panel backs gun ban at stadiums after SEC plea

An Arkansas House committee advanced a measure Tuesday to exempt college sporting events from a state law allowing guns after the Southeastern Conference appealed for guns to be banned from facilities such as football stadiums.


Iowa Republicans back 'fetal heartbeat' abortion legislation

Republicans in the Iowa Legislature are backing newly filed legislation that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, prompting Democrats to threaten an all-night filibuster to delay an initial procedural vote.


Minnesota wineries fight state law requiring homegrown grapes

The Minnesota winemaking industry has long required their beverages to consist mostly of homegrown grapes. But two wineries contended Tuesday that practice is no longer…


Minnesota House OKs bill directing $105 million for roads

The Minnesota House signed off Tuesday on a bill directing $105 million in federal funding toward transportation projects after a brief fight with Gov. Mark Dayton and a state agency over information about the money.


The Latest: Another effort at 'bathroom bill' fix fizzles

The Latest on efforts at the North Carolina legislature to repeal or replace a state law limiting LGBT protections and which public restrooms transgender people can use (all times local):


Clinton jabs Trump in first major post-election speech

A spirited Hillary Clinton took on the Trump administration Tuesday in one of her first public speeches since she lost the presidential election, criticizing the country's Republican leaders on everything from health care to the shortage of women appointees in top administration positions.