The wide-ranging legislation would impose a firm cutoff on what families can earn, institute drug testing and disqualify families in which any member has had a drug offense within the past 10 years. A Republican committee chairman tells MinnPost the bill is meant to "tighten up" the state's public assistance programs "so money is being directed in the way it is intended." But critics say it's "criminalizing the poor" and call it "mean-spirited" and "demeaning."
Charges: Driver had been drinking at party before striking teens, killing one
The victims were walking home from Walmart at the time of the crash, according to court documents.
State: Beltrami County Jail conditions present imminent risk of 'life-threatening harm'
The state is taking action to force changes at the Beltrami County Jail.
Utilities ask MN residents to reduce energy use as cold snap induces peak demand
The central U.S. is in the midst of a cold snap.
Tributes to 15-year-old girl killed in Burnsville crash
The teenager was a student at Burnsville High School.
Amazon to close Shakopee sort center, affecting 680 employees
The MSP5 center will close at the end of March.
Barenaked Ladies, Semisonic, Del Amitri to play 2 shows in Minnesota
Tickets go on sale Friday.
Charges: New Ulm couple abused young children with cruel punishments
Warning: The following contains upsetting details about child abuse.
Boy reels in 9.5lb walleye, wins pickup truck at Brainerd ice fishing tourney
Contestants come from all over the country compete in the annual event held in Brainerd.
Arrowhead 135 ultramarathon in northern MN kicks off in -25F temperatures
The race is considered one of the 50 most challenging races in the world.
Richfield student dies of injuries following Bloomington hit-and-run
The second crash victim remains hospitalized.
Owners of Extreme Sandbox to open 'blue-collar focused' taphouse in Hastings
The Quarry Taphouse is expected to open in mid-February.
Gallery: $500k St. Paul home built in 1886 sits on three acres
Old world charm on the East Side.
Bill to legalize firecrackers, bottle rockets moves forward
The bill's chief author, Rep. John Kriesel, says he thinks opponents are blowing the risks out of proportion. Rep. Tina Liebling, a Rochester Democrat who has spoken out against the bill, says she worries children could get hurt or killed.
Dayton shreds tort reform bills
Gov. Dayton on Friday vetoed four tort reform bills that came out of the Republican-controlled Legislature. Dayton charged that they were actually produced by the ultra-conservative national group known as ALEC. Republicans, who say the bills will improve the state's business climate, shot back at the governor, with Sen. David Senjem saying "It's time to put the spears down."
Bill allowing more use of guns to defend homes moves forward at Capitol
The measure would give homeowners more leeway to use deadly force against intruders. Its critics include police departments, who worry it would put officers at risk. The bill is headed for the Senate floor after being approved by a committee.
Abortion bills advance at Capitol
The House and Senate passed separate bills that would place new restrictions on abortion providers. One bill would require a doctor to be present when a patient takes the abortion medication, RU-486. The other would require abortion providers to have licenses and be subject to random inspections.
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