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ST. PAUL – A man law enforcement officials say was plotting a terror attack in Montevideo will stay in federal custody while more information is gathered. Buford “Bucky” Rogers, 24, has been charged with one count of felony possession of a firearm. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said his arrest potentially stopped an attack in the city. The hearing was continued Wednesday at the request of Rogers’ attorney Andrew Mohring.
ROSEVILLE, Minn. – The state Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case both sides say could have a significant impact on public data access. The case came before Minnesota’s highest court more than two years after Timberjay newspapers of Tower requested the details of a subcontract Johnson Controls had with Architectural Resources for construction work on St.
ST. PAUL – Minnesota representatives approved increasing by $150 million spending on state colleges and universities. “Higher education, perhaps more than any other area, has been neglected for a long time,” said Rep. Jay McNamar, DFL-Elbow Lake. “This increase will help make college more affordable for Minnesota students. We still have work to do, but this is a good start.”
ST. PAUL – House Majority Leader Erin Murphy and Rep. Paul Marquart stood side-by-side Tuesday introducing House Democrats’ education funding plan. Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, praised Marquart’s work as education finance chairman: “He has done such a fantastic job.”
ST. PAUL – Minnesota lawmakers now have three distinct tax proposals to consider with release of a Senate Democratic plan that includes an income tax hike, sales tax changes and property tax relief. Senate Democrats unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would increase income tax for married Minnesota couples who make about $141,000 or more taxable income. They also would lower the sales tax rate while expanding what is taxed to include clothing and other goods and some services.
ST. PAUL – Jon Riewer said his organization faces funding shortages, losing employees and struggling to provide care to the elderly and disabled. “At this point I would classify our situation as fairly desperate,” said Riewer, CEO and president of Moorhead, Minn.-based Eventide Senior Living Communities.
ST. PAUL -- Maybe next year. That is what state lawmakers in charge of the transportation budget are saying about major transit and road projects, which likely will be put off because they cannot get new funds. A gasoline tax planned to be a major part of the House and Senate transportation budget proposals was yanked after Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that he would not support it, leaving the lawmakers with a revenue hole.
ST. PAUL – Making Minnesota’s tax system fair is a key goal for state lawmakers and the governor. But the definition of tax fairness is more elusive than it might seem. “Fairness is certainly in the eye of the beholder,” University of Illinois Professor J. Fred Giertz of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs said. Some argue everyone should pay roughly the same percentage toward government services, while others say the rich can afford to cover some of the cost for the lower-income taxpayers.
WILLMAR - Minnesotans are becoming increasingly mobile in their use of the Internet, a survey by Connect Minnesota has found. Just over half of adults in Minnesota now use a smartphone or mobile wireless service for a laptop or tablet computer to access the Internet, according to the study. In 2011, an estimated 39 percent of adult Minnesotans used mobile wireless technology. It’s a sign of the increasing role that mobile broadband is playing in how Minnesotans get online, said Bill Hoffman, state program manager for Connect Minnesota. “As we look ahead, I think mobile broadband wi