ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A legislative panel is holding a special meeting Tuesday in response to a security breach by the new agency overseeing the rollout of Minnesota's health insurance exchange. The MNsure Legislative Oversight Committee's chairmen called the meeting after revelations that an employee at the agency inadvertently emailed out a document that contained private information, including Social Security and drivers' license numbers, on about 1,600 insurance agents.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota imams and Somali community leaders say the perpetrators of the deadly terrorist attack on a Kenyan shopping mall don't share their values and that the heinous act has no place in Islam. They called on Muslim youths to reject extremist groups such as al-Shabab, the Somali terrorist group behind the attack on the Westgate Mall. Minnesota has the largest Somali community in the United States, and at least 22 young men have left the state to join al-Shabab since 2007.
MINNEAPOLIS (Duluth Trib) — A former defendant has testified that a Duluth head shop owner would tell his employees how to sell synthetic drugs. Twenty-five-year-old Jamie Anderson told federal jurors that Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson would give his employees instructions on how to sell the products, including not telling anyone that they were for smoking or selling to anyone who said they intended to use it for illegal purposes. Carlson is charged with selling banned synthetic drugs.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf plan to appeal a New Jersey judge's ruling that they pay $84.5 million in damages stemming from a 1980s real estate deal. The Wilfs' attorneys and a team spokesman say the ruling will not affect construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. Attorney Peter Harvey says it's likely appeals will drag final resolution of the case past the planned 2016 opening of the stadium.