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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's tax code brims with contradictions, carve-outs and just plain confusion. At least that's how governor after governor has viewed it as he's tried to convince the Legislature and the public that the system is ripe for a remake. Gov. Mark Dayton makes his pitch for a top-to-bottom overhaul Tuesday. If the past is any guide, Dayton will find a political minefield awaits him.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The case of a Kansas sperm donor being sued by the state for child support underscores a confusing patchwork of aging laws that govern assisted reproduction in the United States and often lead to litigation and frustration among would-be parents.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring "our journey is not complete," President Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term before a crowd of hundreds of thousands Monday, urging the nation to set an unwavering course toward prosperity and freedom for all its citizens and protect the social safety net that has sheltered the poor, elderly and needy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama referenced the Stonewall gay-rights riots in his inauguraladdress, classing them as a civil rights watershed along with key moments in the struggles for blacks and women. The president said that the truth that all are created equal guides us today "just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Poet Richard Blanco has delivered an inaugural poem paying homage to the American experience. Blanco, at age 44 the youngest ever inaugural poet, recited a poem that painted vivid scenes about America and included reflections on his experience growing up as Cuban exile in New York City and Miami.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A horrific scene awaited officers responding to an emergency call at a New Mexico home — five family members dead, all with multiple gunshot wounds. The victims were later identified as parents and their three young children and the suspected attacker as their 15-year-old son.
WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) — Laura Christensen's yard looks like a tree mortuary. Her Woodbury home is surrounded by 19 evergreens that are dead or dying — thanks to a lawn herbicide that kills trees as readily as it kills dandelions. The herbicide Imprelis was pulled from the market in October 2011, but its impact only recently is becoming clear. Imprelis is now blamed for the deaths of thousands of trees in Minnesota and many more nationwide.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Construction bids are due for companies angling to build the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. The deadline to submit bids is Monday. At least six firms have expressed interest in building the $975 million stadium, including three Minnesota companies: Mortenson Construction and Kraus-Anderson of Minneapolis, and Loeffler Construction of Lakeville. The three other firms are Gilbane Building Companies of Rhode Island, Skanska of New Jersey and Hunt Construction of Arizona.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a 49-year-old Duluth, Minn., man has been killed in a hydraulic fracturing accident in North Dakota. The McKenzie County Sheriff's Office says Mike Krajewski died about 3:30 p.m. Saturday at a Halliburton location about 24 miles north of Watford City.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — A man who died when flames swept through his Eagan townhouse has been identified as 30-year-old Roger Yarusso. A Minneapolis Star Tribune report ( http://bit.ly/VfRgGR ) says Yarusso's two roommates tried to save him but the flames forced them back. The fire happened early Sunday morning. The roommates escaped by jumping out windows. One broke his foot and the other fell face-first onto wooden steps, breaking his nose and ribs.