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GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

The 31-year-old Minneapolis entrepreneur, whose political ties sent a shock wave through the Minnesota GOP after his arrest last year, faces 10 charges related to trafficking minors and obstruction of justice.
State lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol on Monday, Jan. 31, and will face a variety of issues. Here's what you need to know.
Lawmakers didn't know until December that they'd have several extra billion dollars to sort out ... now it's the biggest topic of conversation at the Capitol.
The governor said the prohibition of marijuana hasn't worked for Minnesota, and the state should instead seek to harness its economic benefits and allow law enforcement to focus on violent crime. Walz's proposal to legalize marijuana recommends funding for a new Cannabis Management Office, grants for business owners, and education programs. It also calls for a tax on marijuana and expungement of nonviolent offenses involving marijuana.

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A respiratory therapist from Clara City has been reprimanded by the state Board of Medical Practice for unauthorized access to patient records.
Senate Republicans on Wednesday laid out their top priorities for the 2022 legislative session: tax cuts, combatting crime and boosting student literacy.
Extending participation in the party to people typically excluded from the political process is the culmination of a six-year effort according to DFL Chairman Ken Martin, who said he first started pushing for the change in 2016.
Journalists from around the state will be able to pose questions to the state's top leaders during the virtual news conference on Wednesday, Feb. 2.
Renters seeking up to 18 months in rent support have until 9 p.m. Jan. 28 to complete their applications for state assistance.
The governor announced the plan Tuesday as part of his priorities for Minnesota's $7.75 billion budget surplus.

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The DFL proposal’s emphasis on a “community-centered” response to violence that includes proposed funding for restorative justice and social service centers stands in contrast to Republican public safety proposals for this session, which include harsher sentences for certain offenses.
Along with increased fees, the report recommends that there should be 40 to 50 license exam stations statewide. That would be a decrease from the 93 locations the state plans to have back in operation this month following COVID-19 closures.
Defining waters of the U.S. has changed over the years through court decisions and policy updates under President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump. The EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are working on a new definition.

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