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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State lawmakers want to give Minnesota businesses tax credits for hiring veterans. Apple Valley Republican Rep. Anna Wills and Sen. Chuck Wiger, a Maplewood Democrat, unveiled a bill Monday they say would lower the unemployment rate for veterans and boost Minnesota's economy. Wills says 23 percent of veterans in Minnesota are unemployed — the third-highest rate in the nation.
OAKDALE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is expressing his strongest support yet for an expansion of the famed Mayo Clinic that depends on the state aiding with related development costs. Dayton told a group of veteran Democrats at a luncheon Monday that he sees room for negotiation on what a public contribution would be. But he says he's "absolutely certain" the state needs to step up in some form to help one of its largest private employers.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife managers are claiming success in the effort to eliminate bovine tuberculosis from northwestern Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources says bovine TB is now "undetectable" in wild deer in northwestern Minnesota. For the third straight year, none of the deer killed there during the firearms hunting season tested positive for the disease. DNR officials said in a statement Monday that makes them hopeful they've eliminated the threat.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mr. "SexyBack" performed back-to-back Sunday night. After Justin Timberlake's performance at the Grammy Awards, the pop star electrified during a 90-minute set at the Hollywood Palladium. Timberlake sang familiar hits — from "Senorita" to "Rock Your Body" to "My Love" — as well as new R&B numbers from his anticipated new album. He was easygoing onstage — as if he'd never left.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Writer Geoff Johns has taken DC Entertainment's Green Lantern and its associated characters through brightest day and blackest night, but after nine years of scripting tales about the galactic police force whose rings are powered by will, he's leaving the series in May with issue No. 20 to focus on the Justice League and its related titles.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A cast member of the MTV reality show "Buckwild" is facing a drug charge in West Virginia. Twenty-four-year-old Salwa Amin was arraigned Monday in Nicholas County Magistrate Court on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. She is being held at the Central Regional Jail on $200,000 bond.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former aide to Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has filed an ethics complaint with the Iowa Senate, alleging that during her presidential campaign she made improper payments to a state senator. Peter Waldron says in the written complaint filed Jan. 28 that Bachmann for President tried to conceal paying Republican state Sen. Kent Sorenson $7,500 a month by running the money through a political action committee with ties to the congresswoman.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic Minnesota congressman is introducing a constitutional amendment designed to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case that lifted many restrictions on corporate spending in political elections.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate has confirmed three Dayton administration commissioners. The Senate voted Monday to back Edwin Van Petten to lead the Minnesota State Lottery, Susan Haigh as chairwoman of the Metropolitan Council, and Carolyn Parnell as the state's chief information officer.
MOORHEAD (AP) — State transportation officials are opening some western Minnesota highways that were closed due to the snow storm. Highway 10 between Moorhead and Audubon reopened Monday, as well as Highway 210 between Fergus Falls and Breckenridge. Interstate 94 between Alexandria and Moorhead remains closed as crews work to remove semis that slipped off the road. The State Patrol handled 326 crashes since Sunday morning, including 42 that involved injuries.