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Gov. Dayton Calling on State Rep. Cornish to Resign Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Schoen and Cornish have both denied the allegations

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton calls the sexual harassment allegations at the State Capitol, “atrocities.” The governor has spoken out for the first time since allegations surfaced against at least two lawmakers. Multiple women have accused Republican State Representative Tony Cornish of sexual harassment. State Senator Dan Schoen, a member of the governor’s own Democratic Party, has…

Sen. Hoeven Meets with U.S. Treasury Secretary Over Tax Relief

It would increase the standard deduction for individuals to $12,000 and married couples to $24,000

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Treasury Secretary is on Capitol Hill looking for support for tax relief. Steven Mnuchin met with North Dakota U.S. Senator John Hoeven to talk about modernizing and simplifying the tax code. The draft Senate tax relief bill provides a net tax cut of about $1,500 for a median income family of four. It would increase…

Sen. Klobuchar, Rep. Peterson Talk with Local Leaders on the Farm Bill

The proposal supports rural development projects, conservation programs, the agriculture industry and the Rural Energy for America program

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Collin Peterson are meeting with farmers, business owners and community leaders from across Minnesota to hear their opinions on the proposed Farm Bill. The proposal supports rural development projects, conservation programs, the agriculture industry and the Rural Energy for America program. Peterson says he wants to hear from those the bill impacts…

Minnesota Granted Real ID Extension

The state will begin issuing new licenses to comply with the Real ID law by the fall of 2018

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota residents are in the clear for at least another year when it comes to their driver’s licenses. Gov. Dayton says the state has received an extension on the Real ID law, allowing Minnesota residents access to board planes through October 10th, 2018 with their old licenses. The federal Real ID Act of 2005 upgraded…

De-stigmatizing HIV by Changing California Law

Individuals who are infected with HIV are often already stereotyped

FARGO, ND — Just last week California passed a law that reduced the penalty for knowingly transmitting HIV from a felony to a misdemeanor. We spoke to the epidemiologist at Fargo Cass Public Health who says HIV is one of the most stigmatized diseases out there. With all of the modern forms of medicine today, he says lawmakers feel changing…

Mediation Sessions Continue in Minnesota to Avoid Government Shutdown

Governor Dayton says he wants to rework costly tax breaks and other measures but Republicans sued, calling it unconstitutional

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Mediation sessions between Gov. Dayton and top Republican lawmakers are underway. The Minnesota Supreme Court directed Dayton and legislative leaders to work out a months-long legal battle over Dayton’s decision to veto the Legislature’s operating budget. He says he wants to rework costly tax breaks and other measures but Republicans sued, calling it unconstitutional. The…

North Dakota Businesses Interested in Dispensing Medical Marijuana

Voters last November approved medical marijuana, and the Legislature earlier this year crafted regulations

  NORTH DAKOTA — Nearly 100 groups and businesses in North Dakota have shown interest in either producing or dispensing medical marijuana. That pleases state officials who are establishing a network for making the drug available to qualified patients by next summer. Voters last November approved medical marijuana, and the Legislature earlier this year crafted regulations. The Health Department is…

North Dakota Lawmakers Studying Refugee Resettlement

It's slated to meet at least five times and present recommendations to the Legislature

  FARGO, ND — A North Dakota legislative panel has begun its work studying the impacts of refugee resettlement in the state. Fargo Democratic State Rep. Kathy Hogan chairs the 17-member committee and says refugee resettlement is widely misunderstood by many of her fellow lawmakers. The committee began by examining the impact of refugees on such things as the workforce,…

Sunday Liquor Sales Begin in Minnesota Just in Time for the Holiday

Today marks the first weekend Minnesotans can purchase liquor on a Sunday

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — One “blue law” has finally come to an end, as Minnesotan’s are now able to buy liquor on Sundays. For Minnesotans, it’s something that’s been a long time coming. “They turned it down so many times in the past I didn’t think they’d do it,” said one shopper. “But, they finally did it.” “I think because there’s…

Minnesota Lawmakers Reflecting on Bills Passed for Local Projects

Lien says this project has been in the works for more than 25 years and has finally been approved

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota state officials are working with community members to review and reflect on bills passed during the 2017 legislative session. State Representative, Ben Lien, says the most important project is the 20th-21st Street underpass. Lien says this project has been in the works for more than 25 years and has finally been approved. The underpass will help…