News Minute: Here is the latest Minnesota news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CST
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Tim Walz has proposed a $49 billion budget that includes a 20-cent hike in the state's gasoline tax along with significant increases in aid to local school districts. It also includes cuts in premiums on the state's health insurance exchange, along with tax relief for many Minnesotans. Republican legislative leaders say their caucuses won't accept the tax increases that the governor has proposed, given the state's projected budget surplus.
(AP) - A Minnesota environmental group is suing the Environmental Protection Agency to force it to release concerns that EPA specialists have expressed about a copper-nickel mine in the northeast of the state. The lawsuit Tuesday from Minnesota-based WaterLegacy seeks documents the group claims the EPA never submitted but that show the agency had "substantial questions" about the project before water and air permits were issued in December. Environmentalists say the mine will pollute Lake Superior.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota has joined with 15 other states in suing to block President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency to fund his proposed wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. Attorney General Keith Ellison says the plan to divert funds is illegal and unconstitutional. He says federal money designated for the Minnesota National Guard would be at risk, challenging efforts to intercept drug trafficking and respond to natural disasters.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A businessman has been charged with fatally stabbing a Minneapolis woman in 1993 after investigators ran DNA evidence from the scene through a genealogy website and obtained his DNA from a discarded napkin. Jerry Westrom is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Jeanne Ann Childs. Westrom was released from jail Friday after posting bail. An attorney for the 52-year-old suspect says the case was charged prematurely.
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