Driverless Cars Have Potential To Benefit Those With Disabilities, Lawmaker Says

Phil Kragness cannot travel like many Minnesotans. A blind double-amputee, Kragness and others with disabilities would like to visit places throughout the state. “People with disabilities have money to spend,” he said Tuesday, advocating legislation that would establish a task force with the mission of making sure people with disabilities could benefit from driverless vehicles.…
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‘Revenge Porn’ Bill Brings Emotional Response

Tears flowed as Elle Williams recounted her experience with “revenge porn.” “My testimony will never fully allow you to feel the fear I am feeling,” the 21-year-old Prior Lake woman Tuesday told the Minnesota House public safety committee while urging lawmakers to outlaw the practice. Williams said that two years ago, her then-24-year-old boyfriend took…
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Easter Gift For Iron Rangers: Unemployment Extension

Easter will be a bit happier for laid-off Iron Range workers. The Minnesota Legislature recessed for a short Easter break Thursday after extending unemployment benefits 26 weeks for more than 2,700 rangers who have exhausted their original 26 weeks of payments. Lawmakers also approved legislation to reform a trust fund that provides money for unemployment…
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Dayton Opens Door To Buying Private Prison, Some Day

Gov. Mark Dayton continues to say he would veto a bill to open a shuttered western Minnesota private prison, but Wednesday said that under certain circumstances could consider buying the facility. “It is not going to happen this session, unless they override my veto,” Dayton told reporters. The Democratic governor said the only way he…
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Legislation Would Help Farmers Make Tractors Safer

Minnesota farmers driving 86,000 tractors do not have adequate safety equipment, some state lawmakers say, so legislation is being considered to provide them financial help to update their machines. “These would be the smaller, older tractors,” Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, said. A state House agriculture committee Wednesday approved an Anderson bill to launch a $250,000…
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