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Stadium Grips Minnesota Capitol, But Other Work Left

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ST. PAUL  (AP) РIn a Minnesota Capitol struck with stadium fever, other work stands between legislators and their session finish line.

Lawmakers return Monday from a weekend respite with a showdown vote on the Minnesota Vikings stadium legislation looming. But first they plan to debate a bill financing other construction projects around the state.

The borrow-to-build proposal covers upgrades on college campuses, flood mitigation projects, fixes at state prisons and a down-payment on a pricey state Capitol renovation. The bill requires three-fifths majorities in both the House and Senate, making its fate unpredictable.

But the hot topic is a bill to expand charitable gambling to help pay for a proposed Vikings stadium in Minneapolis. The House planned to begin debate on that bill Monday with Senate action, if necessary, coming later this week.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved)

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