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Democrats in control of the Senate say the proposal would allow discrimination against transgender students.

State Senate shoots down transgender bathroom restrictions

The Minnesota Senate has shot down a move to restrict transgender students’ access to school bathrooms and locker rooms.

That policy is part of the GOP-led House’s education plan. Republican supporters in both chambers say all students will be safer if group locker rooms, showers and bathrooms designated for one sex can’t be used by the other.

But Democrats in control of the Senate say the proposal would allow discrimination against transgender students. They argue students should be allowed to mix with the gender they identify with.

Minnesota approves 2 labs to test medical pot

Minnesota has approved two labs to test the medical marijuana produced by the two manufacturers the state approved earlier.

The labs announced Wednesday are Aspen Research in Maple Grove and Legend Technical Services in St. Paul.

Department of Health Assistant Commissioner Manny Munson-Regala says the labs will make sure the medicine is safe and reliable. They will test for levels of key compounds and also screen for contaminants such as solvents and pesticides.

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