opioid

Governor Dayton Keeps His Promise And Vetoes Tax Code Bill

Dayton wants the Legislature to address his request for emergency aid to schools

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton has kept his promise and vetoed a bill that would have aligned Minnesota’s state tax code with federal changes passed last year. The Democratic governor rejected the bill passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature with about 20 grade-school students standing behind him at a St. Paul school. Dayton said the bill tilted toward the…

Minnesota Lawmakers Have One Week To Finish Up Session Work

Lawmakers could leave the Capitol without passing another bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Just like they started the session, Minnesota’s Legislature is entering the homestretch with a long to-do list. But now they have just over a week to finish it. Republicans who control the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton are at odds on how to restructure Minnesota’s tax code, how to change health care programs and whether to…

Prince’s Heirs Have Yet To Collect Any Money From His Estate

Rock Star Died Two Years Ago This Month

CHANHASSEN, Minn. — As the second anniversary of Prince’s death approaches, the rock star’s heirs have yet to collect a dollar of his estimated $200 million estate. But bankers, lawyers and consultants have earned millions from it. The long saga to settle the estate provides a cautionary tale about what can happen when someone dies without leaving a will. Prince…

Minnesota 2018 Legislative Session Begins On Tuesday

Tax Code, opioid abuse and public construction high on the agenda

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota lawmakers are heading back to the Capitol Tuesday with a long list of work but uncertain odds of finishing it. Squaring Minnesota’s tax code with the recently passed federal tax cuts may get top billing. But it won’t be easy for the Republican-controlled Legislature to make sure taxpayers can easily file their taxes next year…

Mark Empting Announces Clay County Sheriff Candidacy

He is looking to replace retiring sheriff Bill Bergquist

  MOORHEAD, Minn. —┬áMark Empting is declaring his candidacy for Clay County Sheriff. He joins at least three other candidates who have expressed interest in joining the race. They are seeking the position currently held by Bill Bergquist, who is retiring at the end of this term. Empting says Bergquist put Clay County in a good place, but there are…

Medical Examiner: Singer Tom Petty Died of Accidental Opioid Overdose

The coroner says Petty had traces of fentanyl, oxycodone and several other drugs in his system

ReutersLOS ANGELES, Calif. — An autopsy report concludes that singer and songwriter, Tom Petty, died from an accidental drug overdose. Petty, 66, had just ended a tour with his band, the Heartbreakers, when he suffered a heart attack at his home in Malibu on october 2. The coroner says Petty had traces of fentanyl, oxycodone and several other drugs in…

Three More Native American Tribes Join Opioid Lawsuit

Allegations include deceptive marketing and fraud

  REGIONAL — Three more Native American tribes in the Dakotas are suing opioid manufacturers and distributors. The tribes allege that they concealed and minimized the addiction risk of prescription drugs. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate sued 24 opioid industry groups in federal court on Monday. The lawsuit follows more than 70…

MN Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Suing Pharmaceutical Companies Over Opioid Crisis

More than 20 drug manufacturers and distributors are being sued by the tribe in federal court

  WHITE EARTH, Minn. — White Earth Reservation is reporting seven overdose related calls over the weekend with two resulting in deaths. White Earth Police Department along with the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Department are both encouraging users to seek medical help and treatment as soon as possible. Minnesota’s Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is suing pharmaceutical companies for the opioid…

Minnesota Doctors May See Limits on Opioid Prescriptions

Doctors who give more than the limit for more than half of their patients will be warned and go through extra training

  MINNESOTA — New limits for opioid prescriptions are underway in Minnesota for doctors in the Medicaid program. Doctors who give more than the limit for more than half of their patients will be warned and go through extra training. Anyone who does not reduce their dosage amounts could be removed from the program. These limits would only apply to…

Cass County Middle, High Schools Starting to Carry Narcan

the drug reverses the effects of opioid overdoses

FARGO, ND —┬áCass County middle schools and high schools are making an effort to prevent opioid overdose emergencies. They’ve partnered with Fargo Cass Public Health so they can start carrying Narcan kits at their schools. As a former EMT, Central Cass School Superintendent Morgan Forness knows time is of the essence when trying to save a life. It’s also why…