News Minute: Here is the latest Minnesota news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT
EDINA, Minn. (AP) - Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he'll have an announcement soon on whether he'll make a run for his old office. After speaking Friday at a Chamber of Commerce event in Edina, Pawlenty declined to say whether he's definitely in. He called it "an answer for another time." Pawlenty says an upcoming Florida fundraiser is just "warming up the engine" for a possible run.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton wants to undo some GOP-backed tax breaks passed last year while giving more money back to Minnesota families. The Democratic governor's budget proposal released Friday was sure to clash with Republicans, who will start assembling their own tax and spending plans in the coming weeks. The central focus is on squaring Minnesota's tax code with new federal breaks while avoiding big tax hikes on Minnesota taxpayers.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Federal officials have tentatively decided to transport 20-30 gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park over the next three years to replenish a population that has nearly died out because of inbreeding and disease. The National Park Service said Friday it will make a final decision in 30 days. Wolves have kept the moose population in check on the remote Lake Superior park since the late 1940s. But their numbers have fallen drastically in recent years.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A southern Minnesota judge has dismissed the child pornography case against a 14-year-old girl who sent an explicit image of herself to a boy over Snapchat. After she sent the image last fall, the girl was charged with one count of felony dissemination of pornographic work. In his Feb. 20 decision, Rice County District Court Judge Cajacob says using Minnesota's child pornography statute to punish the girl "produces an absurd, unreasonable, and unjust result."
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