ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A bill to restore the Legislature's $130 million operating budget is heading to Gov. Mark Dayton, bringing a months-long battle over the vetoed funds to an end. Dayton vetoed the House and Senate's operating budget in May, trigging months of court cases and an eventual Supreme Court ruling that upheld the veto. The House and Senate approved that funding on Thursday, just two days into the new legislative session.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Hundreds of demonstrators in orange shirts and scarves filled the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, waving signs critical of the National Rifle Association, chanting "Save our kids!" and urging lawmakers to act to prevent more mass shootings of children. Speakers ranging from legislators to high school students called for expanded background checks and an assault weapons ban in the aftermath of the Florida school shooting that killed 17 students and teachers last week.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota prosecutors have filed charges against the mother of mentally disabled twin daughters who were allegedly raped, beaten and held captive by their father for years. Police are still searching for the 48-year-old mother, who was charged Thursday with three child neglect counts. The 51-year-old father was charged Tuesday with several felonies in a case that authorities have described as torture. He allegedly fathered two children with one twin.
ROCKVILLE, Minn. (AP) - A judge has reversed a court order that required the owners of a lake house in central Minnesota to tear it down because of its size. The order last year to remove the home on Grand Lake in Rockville for zoning violations was reversed by Judge Shan Wang Tuesday. The St. Cloud Times says the judge found that a new ordinance enacted by the city of Rockville applies retroactively and allows the expansion of the home.
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