Aid For Poor Included In New Laws

Thousands of poor Minnesota families begin getting more state aid Wednesday as the new state budget begins. The $42 billion, two-year overall state budget provides more housing assistance, as well as lower child care costs. “Too many children are living in poverty without proper housing and other basics,” Assistant Commissioner Jim Koppel of the Human…
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Judge To Minnesota: Fix Program Or Sex Offenders May Be Released

A federal judge says sex offenders have rights, too, and told state officials Wednesday to either make the Minnesota Sex Offender Program constitutional or he may release some offenders. It is a debate that began after the kidnapping and killing of Dru Sjodin in 2003, when the number of sex offenders committed to the treatment…
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Minnesotans Must Wait To See Sex Offender Treatment Plan Changes

A federal judge says the Minnesota Sex Offender Program is unconstitutional, but what happens next is unclear. The judge did not order specific changes to the program in his Wednesday ruling and said no sex offenders will be released immediately. However, without changes in the program he indicated that a mass release of sex offenders…
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Federal Judge Orders Minnesota Sex Offender Treatment To Be Fixed

Dru Sjodin’s 2003 death produced what may be its most important side effect yet, a federal judge’s ruling Wednesday that the Minnesota Sex Offender Treatment Program violates the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank ordered those involved in the program, including leaders from the state executive and legislative branches, to work on a…
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State Money Heads To Bird Flu Victims

State money is en route to immediate and long-range needs to fight avian flu that has resulted in more than 9 million turkey and chicken deaths in 23 Minnesota counties. Minnesota legislators early Saturday approved spending $23 million for several programs responding to bird flu and nearly $27 million for University of Minnesota poultry testing…
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