ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton is standing by his threat to veto a bill blocking cities from passing their own minimum wage hikes or sick leave policies, despite sweeteners Republicans added to tempt him. The bill includes an extension of a new parental leave policy for state employees that's set to soon expire. Dayton blasted the maneuver as "unconscionable" and vows would still veto the bill.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - President Donald Trump's administration says state and local governments should pay for cleanups of the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and other iconic waterways. The proposed federal budget for 2018 would eliminate $427 million for regional water restoration initiatives. But the programs have bipartisan support in Congress. Backers say states and local governments already do their share and federal involvement is essential to keep the cleanups on track.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A body recovered from the Mississippi River is that of a 52-year-old man missing for weeks, not the man who ran toward a river bluff after officers pulled him over in an SUV. Crews searched by boat and by air Monday for the man who abandoned the vehicle, ran toward the river bluff and disappeared into some woods. But the medical examiner says the body they found was that of Jeffrey Asfahl, and his probable cause of death was drowning.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota health officials have lowered exposure limits for some chemicals that have been in drinking water in the east metro area and Bemidji. The chemicals are known as PFOA and PFOS and were used at a 3M manufacturing site. State health officials say there's no immediate health threat, but the current federal standards aren't enough to protect infants and small children from long-term risks.
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