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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Some Minnesota lawmakers want to repeal a state law passed last year that requires all Minnesota teachers pass a reading, writing and math test to get a teaching license. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill last February after it won nearly unanimous support from lawmakers. But the Senate Education Committee reviewed a bill Tuesday to repeal the requirement as some teachers and school officials testified that it's blocking qualified people from classrooms.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a Minnesota woman's 15-year sentence for threatening to kill two law enforcement officers, saying it was appropriate because the woman's conduct happened over a long time and continued after she pleaded guilty.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota animal lovers who back a bill to tighten state regulations for professional dog and cat breeders are rallying at the Capitol. The Tuesday afternoon event is sponsored by a coalition of state humane societies and other groups that fight animal mistreatment. They're backing a bill that would create a state regulatory process that its backers say would help prevent what are often called puppy or kitty mills.
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — The flu and other winter illnesses have led to a shortage of blood in parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota, and recent blizzard conditions have hindered efforts to collect more. Molly Vetter, center manager of United Blood Services in Aberdeen, S.D., says a blizzard about a week ago cost the organization's six Dakotas offices about 300 units of blood.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is becoming more ethnically diverse that it was decades ago. State demographer Susan Brower says nearly one of every five Minnesotans is a person of color. The federal census says that includes blacks, Hispanics, Asian, Native American or those of multiple ethnic groups.
OAKDALE, Minn. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy killed by random gunfire in Oakdale has been laid to rest. A funeral Mass for Devin Aryal was held at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Oakdale Monday. The fourth-grader was buried in the church cemetery. Devin was killed Feb. 11 when he was hit by gunfire while riding in the backseat of his mother's vehicle.
MUNISING, Mich. (AP) — Police say no citations will be issued after a pickup truck struck a dog team competing in the U.P. 200 race in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. One sled dog is dead and two are injured following the Sunday morning crash. The Mining Journal of Marquette reports state police determined the crash involving the team of Frank Moe, a former Bemidji legislator, was an accident.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul police say a 30-year-old officer who twice received the department's Life Saving Award died of complications a heart attack. Officer Josh Lynaugh died early Saturday after he suffered the heart attack more than a week earlier during a foot pursuit. According to a police statement, Lynaugh and his partner saw a male acting suspiciously, possibly hiding, but when they turned their squad around he ran away.
BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — A man has filed a federal lawsuit against officials at Brainerd's Central Lakes College after he says he was expelled for a Facebook post. Craig Keefe, of Gull Lake, is suing to be reinstated to his nursing program as well as damages from the defendants, which include the school's president Larry Lundblad.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — On defense over its sweeping tax plan, Gov. Mark Dayton's administration struck back Friday back against perceptions that his proposed sales tax expansion would put Minnesota businesses at a disadvantage when bidding for out-of-state service contracts.