ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Legislature has sent Governor Mark Dayton a $11 billion package of spending on health and assistance programs that includes a 5% pay increase for nursing home workers. The Senate passed the Democratic-crafted bill yesterday afternoon by a 39-28 vote along party lines. The House passed the bill late Friday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Many Minnesota cities and counties will see a big bump in their state aid, and for that they're being required to tamp down property taxes. A wide-reaching tax bill finalized late yesterday includes a 1-year limit on local levies. It is designed to keep rates from rising at a rapid clip for 2014 property taxes.
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota National Guard has officially launched its new $3.9 million Unmanned Aircraft Operations Facility at Camp Ripley. The Star Tribune reports the facility is capable of storing, maintaining and launching the unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, as well as training operators.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - Former news anchor Tom Brokaw told Mayo Clinic students at their commencement ceremony to make money but not to forget to make a difference. The 73-year-old journalist, who hosted NBC Nightly News for 22 years, also became the first recipient of an honorary degree from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine yesterday.
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