MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Gov. Dayton to sign minimum wage increase bill on Monday
ST. PAUL -- Governor Dayton is scheduled to sign the minimum wage bill into law Monday afternoon in the State Capitol Rotunda (Mon 2:30 p.m.)
Minnesotans are invited to attend the public bill signing ceremony. The state's minimum wage will go up to $9.50 at large employers and $7.75 at small employers by 2016 and will be indexed to inflation after that. Republicans warn the minimum wage increase will force employers to cut thousands of jobs in Minnesota.
Another poll suggests a large majority of Minnesotans support the legalization of medical marijuana. Sixty-nine percent of respondents in a new KSTP/Survey USA poll think marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes only while 24 percent oppose it. A statewide survey done by St. Cloud State University found 76-percent support for medical cannabis. The medical marijuana bill had its first hearing in a Minnesota Senate committee Thursday, which was continued until after the legislature's Easter/Passover break.
Two people are dead after a two-vehicle crash near Maple Plain. The head-on collision occurred around 7 am this morning on Highway 12 near County Road 6. Ornono Police arrived to find two severely damaged vehicles and discovered the male driver of one of the vehicles deceased. The male driver of the second vehicle was critically injured and later died at the scene as a result of the crash.
Police in Duluth are looking for a man who fired several shots from a vehicle Thursday in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Officers say an unoccupied residence and truck parked out front were hit by two rounds. No one was injured. The suspect vehicle was found abandoned in downtown Duluth a short time later. Investigators say this was not a random act and they are following up on several leads.
The recently-discovered Heartbleed online security bug is putting private data like user names, passwords and credit card numbers at risk for up to 70-percent of computer users. Many sites are working to quickly fix the problem. Dan Hendrickson with the Minnesota Better Business Bureau says right now there's kind of a delicate window where the opportunity for scammers exists. He says it's important to watch for updates from companies and when they've made the fix, change your password immediately to protect yourself. There's an up-to-date list of safe and vulnerable sites on cnet.com