“Congress enacted the limits in the wake of Watergate-era abuses to discourage big contributors from trying to buy votes with their donations and to restore public confidence in the campaign finance system,” writes Mark Sherman for the AP. “But in a series of rulings in recent years, the Roberts court has struck down provisions of Read more

Minnesota law doesn’t require lifeguards at most public pools, including those in schools. But data from the Minnesota Department of Health suggest that the presence of lifeguards could make a difference in preventing school drownings,” writes MPR News reporter Laura Yuen. The health department tracks every time emergency medical responders are called to a public Read more

“Suspects’ smartphones contain a wealth of information: calls, photos, GPS data. With so much info, it’s often all police need to make a case,” writes NPR’s Martin Kaste. Under the Fifth Amendment’s protection against self-incrimination, you might have the right to refuse a request for your smartphone password. But Jeffrey Fisher, a Stanford Law School Read more

“Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing a $2.2 million study on medical marijuana,” reports the Associated Press. The Associated Press obtained a draft of the governor’s bill from advocates of legalizing the drug for medical use. The governor’s office confirmed it in a statement later Friday, saying the governor is searching for ideas that can pass Read more

“An effort for a full repeal of Minnesota’s ban on retail sales of alcohol on Sunday appears unlikely this session, but lawmakers may give more freedom to the state’s burgeoning craft brewing movement,” writes Associated Press reporter Mike Cronin. A Senate committee on Wednesday kept alive one bill that would legalize Sunday sales by small Read more

Enbridge Energy is proposing its largest pipeline project ever to transport more Canadian tar sands heavy crude to the U.S., the third major oil pipeline expansion or replacement it’s planning across northern Minnesota. The Calgary-based company proposed spending $7 billion to replace its 46-year-old Line 3 pipeline, which runs from near Edmonton to Clearbrook, Minn., Read more