- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Judge: Ex-Minn. golf coach proved discrimination

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Hennepin County judge has found that a former University of Minnesota women’s golf coach was discriminated against because she’s a lesbian.

Judge Thomas Sipkins ruled Tuesday that former coach Kathryn Brenny is entitled to double her back pay and compensation for mental anguish - in all, $359,588, plus attorneys’ fees.

Sipkins said Brenny’s treatment by the school and by John Harris, who was then head of the university’s golf program, was discriminatory and broke the law.

Brenny originally named Harris as a defendant, along with the university, but in May 2012, the Minnesota Court of Appeals dismissed the claim against him.

Harris did not respond to an email request from the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/1p9c0ZL) for comment.

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Tangled Minn. tax bill exposes Democratic rift

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton kicked up a storm Tuesday in his return to the Minnesota Capitol, chastising fellow Democrats for not moving quicker on a tax-relief measure and suggesting that a controversial Senate office building proposal had improperly gotten in the way.

Forcefully reasserting himself after a five-week recovery from hip surgery, Dayton demanded that the Legislature reach a deal on tax cuts by week’s end.

“It’s just inexcusable, and I’m very, very disappointed that we’re at this impasse at this stage. And it has got to stop,” Dayton said, expressing his belief that Senate Democrats weren’t passing the tax bill because House Democrats have withheld backing for a new office building for senators.

The governor may get his way.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk of Cook said that a vote on the tax measure would probably happen Thursday. Bakk denied using the office building as leverage, though he said Dayton and the House can’t avoid that issue because ongoing Capitol renovations will leave senators without space by next year.

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Judge: Some claims in Toyota crash may proceed

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