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Dayton Rejects Education Bill; Special Session Ahead

Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed an education budget that he says isn't big enough, setting up a special session of the Minnesota Legislature. Dayton had promised he would block the bill if lawmakers didn't add to the $400 million allocated to public schools. The package included nothing for one of Dayton's top priorities - preschool for 4-year-olds throughout the state.

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News @ Noon: An NFL Expansion Team in Duluth? Why Not!

A northern Minnesota city council member is dreaming big. Proctor councilman Travis White wants to attract an NFL franchise to the Twin Ports area. White introduced two resolutions during last (Monday) night's Proctor city council meeting, one asked for city support for the idea and the other is for city support for building an outdoor stadium in the region.

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Xcel Energy Has FAA Approval To Use Drones

Xcel Energy says it has approval from federal regulators to use drones to inspect more than 320,000 miles of electric and natural gas infrastructure.

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Did House Pass Correct Budget Bill? That’s Up For Debate

There is some doubt about whether the Minnesota House voted on the final piece of a state budget or something else in the harried last minutes of the legislative session. Minnesota lawmakers rushed Monday night to adopt a bill funding economic development and energy programs before a midnight deadline.

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Man Convicted in Fatal Drunken Driving Crash Arrested Again

A man who spent time in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed three brothers in Dakota County has been arrested again on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Boe Barlage, of Farmington, was sentenced to eight years behind bars for the crash that killed 20-year-old Matthew Backstrom, 17-year-old Jacob Backstrom, and 16-year-old Justin Backstrom in 2005.

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Lawmakers Pass Budget, Brace for Likely Special Session

Minnesota lawmakers have passed a budget but are bracing for a likely special session. Legislators approved the final pieces of a nearly $42 billion two-year spending plan just as midnight's deadline for the regular session hit Monday.

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Airport Commission Approves Minimum Wage of $10 An Hour

The commission that oversees the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has approved a plan to raise airport wages to at least $10 an hour.

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Dayton Readies Veto Pen For Education Bill As Deadline Nears

Minnesota's Legislature has sent an education budget to Gov. Mark Dayton's desk where it's likely to meet his veto pen.

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Law Enforcement Begin Extra Seat Belt Enforcement Effort

More than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota are beginning an effort to ticket motorists who don't wear a seat belt. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says the extra enforcement begins Monday and runs through the end of the month.

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Study: Bird Flu’s Economic Impact Above $300 Million in Minnesota

A new study estimates bird flu has cost Minnesota poultry producers at least $113 million, with losses in related industries pushing the overall toll past $300 million. The University of Minnesota Extension study uses economic modeling to try to get at the ripple effects of the fast-moving virus that has killed some 8 million birds in Minnesota in the past couple of months.

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