MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision slipped into the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives instead of private buyers. Observers say it's not clear yet whether a fix can pass, given the partisan divide on Capitol Hill. The provision was added in the final days of debate over the tax bill.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota officials have approved changing the name of a lake that honored slavery supporter and former Vice President John Calhoun. Officials say Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis will be renamed Bde Maka Ska. That's the name used by American Indians before federal surveyors renamed the lake in the early 1800s. The Dakota name means White Earth Lake. The change comes after about two years of public input.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A task force assembled by the governors of North Dakota and Minnesota has released its final recommendations for saving a stalled Red River diversion project meant to protect Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, from the Red River. But the recommendations released Thursday don't include a location for a dam that would hold back water in times of serious flooding. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney says he expects engineers from the state of Minnesota and from the two cities to identify a location within a month.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A New Mexico accused of paying hackers to sabotage websites affiliated with his former employers and state agencies has pleaded guilty to federal charges in Minnesota. The plea from John Kelsey Gammell avoids a federal trial on hacking conspiracy charges. The FBI says the case represents a growing form of cybercrime in which professional hackers are paid to inflict damage on individuals, businesses and others.
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