Minnesota

A Plan to Reduce Bench Warrants—By Text Message

After success in one county, Minnesota is rolling out a statewide program that sends reminders to defendants about their court appearances.

What to Do with All This Broken Stuff? Cities Aim to Help People Fix It

Across the country, municipalities are helping residents repair mendable belongings, keep material out of landfills and save money.

How Residents Help Replenish One State's Seed Stores

Minnesota recruits "private pickers" to harvest cones and seeds for reforestation projects by paying by the bushel.

State Savings Policies Evolve Amid a Decade of Economic Growth

The amount states have in reserve is at a high mark and savings practices have become more sophisticated. But lawmakers are at times still drawn to tap the large pots of money.

To Raise Money to Combat Opioid Addiction, One State Hikes Licensing Fees for Drug Companies

A new Minnesota law will increase prescription opioid manufacturer licensing fees from $235 to $55,000 and is expected to generate about $20 million that will fund the state’s opioid prevention and treatment strategies.

State Lawmakers Seek to Close Marital Rape Prosecution Loopholes

Marital rape is technically illegal in all 50 states, but some have legal exemptions that make it difficult to prosecute offenders.

Six States to Craft Election Security Plans Through National Academy

The National Governors Association-sponsored policy academy will help officials from Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada and Virginia devise communications and response plans to deploy if their election systems come under attack.

Paying Homeowners to Transform Yards Into Bee-Friendly Habitats

The "Lawns to Legumes" program, approved by legislators in Minnesota, will reimburse homeowners who plant wildflowers and other pollinator-friendly plants in their yards.

Florida Moves to Allow Teachers to Carry Guns

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Baltimore mayor resigns … New election machines in North Dakota … Marijuana lounges become legal in Las Vegas.

Many Officers Hired by New Police Departments After Misconduct Probes

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Developments in local and federal investigations into officials across the country … A bill banning sanctuary cities passes the Florida House … Federal judge says it is legal to sell fireworks on tribal land.

States Could See 'Unprecedented' Flooding

NOAA's spring outlook, issued Thursday, predicts a heightened flood risk, even as states in the Midwest are dealing with historic flooding.

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STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Conn. toll scofflaws owe big bucks to Mass. … pricey port upgrades in Anchorage … and challenges with Oakland’s vacant property tax.

State Lawmaker Seeks Relief for Those Struggling to Pay for Insulin

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Oklahoma teachers may see political payback … a measles outbreak in Pacific Northwest … and Maine waterfront property is losing value.

Setting the Tone for Their Tenures as Governors

A sampling of 5 inauguration speeches from the newly sworn-in governors of California, Minnesota, Nevada, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Minnesota’s ‘Remarkable Recovery From the Shambles’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mayoral memo on e-scooter geofencing … active-shooter kits for police … and improving Boston-area commuter rail.

Another City Adopts a $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Nearly one-third of workers in St. Paul, Minnesota will be seeing pay increases, eventually.

Finding Jobs for the Hard-to-Employ

In Minnesota, a training and hiring program is working on getting people into employment, including for the Hennepin County government.

Second Bloomberg Mayoral Initiative Is Its Most Diverse Yet

St. Paul, Minnesota’s first black mayor shared his biggest takeaways from the program opener.

Minnesota’s Largest Homeless Camp Is in a Race Against Colder Weather

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Outflanking New York state’s stubborn legislature … an independent auditing office for Mass. State Police … and L.A.’s new golden Gold tribute.