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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The prospect of requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales in Minnesota is at the center of a fiery debate at the Capitol. The House Public Safety Committee is set to vote later Tuesday on a Democrat's gun bill that currently includes that measure. That vote is a critical test of whether that measure can become law. Republicans say it doesn't have the votes.
Rep. Michael Paymar, a St. Paul Democrat, says expanding background checks is necessary. He has been criticized by Republicans and some rural Democrats, who favor competing legislation backed by gun rights advocates that they say would improve but not expand the current system.
A Senate panel passed a bill with universal background checks last week on a party-line vote, with all Republicans opposed.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota revenue officials say problems with TurboTax and other Intuit tax preparation products have been fixed.
Joshua Dull could be tried soon, for a string of burglaries between downtown La Crosse and U-W-L...
A La Crosse police sergeant testified in court today about reports of Dull kicking in the doors at several addresses, and carrying large-screen TV's and other property to his car. Officers found a number of stolen items in that car, after watching Dull in the university neighborhood one day. Dull reportedly told another man that there was 'easy money' to be made from burglaries.
Thirteenth time lucky?
Not for a Black River Falls man, accused of driving drunk for the 13th time. Herman Decorah's car slid into a ditch in Jackson County yesterday. The Ho-Chunk Nation police arrived at the crash scene to find Decorah passed out behind the wheel, with the car still running. Decorah is 59. According to state court records, his 11th OWI conviction happened in 2000 in Sauk County. Decorah's 12th conviction apparently came six years ago in Wood County.