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ST. PAUL — Minnesota students who have unpaid lunch debt cannot be blocked from walking in their graduation ceremonies, Attorney General Keith Ellison said Wednesday, May 15. Ellison issued a written opinion and cited two state statutes — the Minnesota Public School Fee Law and the Lunch Aid Law — to back his conclusion.
ST. PAUL -- A group of Minnesota citizens with diabetes made an eleventh-hour plea on Monday, May 13, for lawmakers to address the rising costs of insulin. During a news conference at the state Capitol, the women urged lawmakers to unite behind a proposal that would give people with diabetes an emergency supply of insulin if they cannot afford it. The “Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act” provision is wrapped into the House and Senate health and human services bills, but the versions are slightly different.
ST. PAUL — Paul Schnell let out a warm smile as he greeted a class full of some of Minnesota’s most dangerous men. The new state corrections commissioner struck up candid conversations with several inmates during a visit to the maximum security prison in Oak Park Heights earlier this month. One asked for more educational and vocational classes like the one they were in, while another said he wished there were more psychology services to help him reflect on his actions.
ST. PAUL -- Democrats in the Minnesota House want to give more state grant money to undocumented immigrants who are attending college but do not qualify for federal aid. Students who are not legal citizens can receive state grants, but they do not qualify for federal Pell Grants. Under a proposal in the House higher education omnibus bill, undocumented students would be eligible for more state grant money to make up for the gap in federal aid.
ST. PAUL — State lawmakers have yet to come together to appoint four new members to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. They have until the last day of the legislative session, May 20, to do so. But the odds that they will are looking more and more unlikely. If the two chambers do not call a joint convention — a gesture that is meant to be bipartisan — DFL Gov. Tim Walz will fill the four vacancies. The openings include a 5th Congressional District seat, two at-large seats and a student seat. So what’s the holdup?
President Donald Trump is expected to visit the Twin Cities on Monday, April 15, according to a GOP official who wished to remain anonymous because details are still being finalized. The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a “ VIP Movement Notification ” for Minneapolis for Monday.
MINNEAPOLIS — Tens of thousands of college basketball fans trekked to Minnesota this past weekend for the NCAA Men’s Final Four, taking in the sights and sounds of the Twin Cities before they got a front-row seat to sports history. The weekend was filled with festivities in Minneapolis — open practices at U.S. Bank Stadium, free concerts at the Armory and on Nicollet Mall, an interactive sports playground dubbed “Fan Fest” inside the Minneapolis Convention Center and more.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota lawmakers are taking steps to rein in the costs of prescription drugs and hold pharmaceutical companies accountable. But Democrats in the House and Republicans in the Senate have not come to terms on the best ways to do it. At a press conference at the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 26,House Democrats detailed a series of bills and said Republicans in the Senate have given them little airtime. They stood next to several Minnesotans whose lives have been affected by the soaring costs of insulin and other prescription drugs.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and attorneys general from eight other states and the District of Columbia filed a brief in support of a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s decision to end legal immigration status for thousands of Liberians. About 4,000 Liberians are protected by the Deferred Enforced Departure program, which allowed them to escape war and natural disasters in their home country. That program will be terminated on Sunday, March 31, per a Trump administration order made last year.
ST. PAUL - Veterans who want to enroll in Minnesota’s medical cannabis program could skip a pricey first step under a new House bill. Under current law, those who want to enter the program must first find a doctor who will certify their qualifying condition. This can cost a few hundred dollars. The federal VA health system does not let its doctors certify veterans for medical cannabis. Veterans must seek out another doctor and pay out of pocket.