U.S. Senator Tina Smith, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan Emphasize U.S. Supreme Court’s Impact on Reproductive Health Care in Minnesota

The new Supreme Court will consider key cases that could take away Minnesotans’ health care coverage and threatens the right to abortion.

St. Paul, MN—  The recent vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court puts Minnesotans’ health care and reproductive rights in jeopardy. Today Senator Tina Smith, Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, and leaders from Planned Parenthood and the ACLU had a discussion about the risks to Minnesotans if the Affordable Care Act or Roe v. Wade are overturned by the Supreme Court.

“Judge Barrett’s record of opposing the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade demonstrates that she is not qualified to safeguard our constitutional rights and liberties as a member of our nation’s highest court,” said Senator Tina Smith. “Minnesotans are now facing a very real possibility of losing health care and reproductive rights. At a time when our country is grappling with entrenched health disparities and a pandemic, we

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Former Rapid City teacher gets probation for hitting disabled boy in the head with ball | Crime & Courts



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Shea Lindsey


A former Rapid City special education teacher was sentenced Thursday to probation and community service for repeatedly hitting a 12-year-old boy, who is unable to speak or walk, in the head with a ball.

“We trusted her” and “she broke that trust, just completely smashed it,” the boy’s grandfather said of Shea Lindsey. “We don’t want her teaching again.”

Lindsey, a 26-year-old former middle school teacher, was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and 100 days of community service during the hearing at the Pennington County Court. 

Judge Jane Wipf Pfeifle also ordered Lindsey to pay a $1,000 fine, complete moral reconation therapy, and have no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18 during her probation term. The judge said Lindsey can be sent to jail for up to 180 days if she fails to follow any of the orders.

Lindsey, who was out of

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State’s lawyer: school districts must prove that $3,636 isn’t enough to educate a child | Courts

CONCORD — After 25 years of failure, the state Supreme Court needs to step in and ensure that schools are properly funded in the state, the lawyer representing five school districts said Thursday.

Manchester lawyer Michael Tierney told reporters that he wouldn’t have brought the latest school funding suit if the governor and the Legislature did their jobs.

But despite the decades-old Claremont I and Claremont II that found a state responsibility to pay for a constitutionally adequate education, the state  only anted up $3,636 per student last year.

“In this case and for the past 25 years, they (the Legislature) have substantially underfunded with the promise of next year, next year, next year,” Tierney told the justices. 

Tierney spoke as the Supreme Court took up its first school funding cases since 2008. Tierney said 11 others have reached the court since the initial Claremont decision.

The Claremont precedents were

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