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Banaian, Gottwalt Question Latest Vikings Proposal [AUDIO]

Two St. Cloud lawmakers are skeptical of the Vikings stadium proposal that was unveiled yesterday (Thursday). The plan backed by Governor Mark Dayton, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, and the Vikings owners would build a $975 million stadium near the site of the Metrodome. The state would pay for it's portion with electronic pull tabs.

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Pederson, Banaian Hosting Town Hall Meeting

If you have questions about what's happening at the State Capitol, State Senator John Pederson and State Representative King Banaian are hosting a Town Hall meeting today (Friday).

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Banaian Questions Amendment Question Process [AUDIO]

The Republican controlled House and Senate are considering putting a number of constitutional amendment questions on the November ballot. However, Republican Representative King Banaian of St. Cloud is not so sure that's a good idea.

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Banaian: Don’t Eliminate State Worker Payouts [AUDIO]

Minnesota lawmakers are floating the idea of eliminating payouts to state workers for unused sick and vacation time. Republican State Representative King Banaian is also a state employee -- he's a professor at St. Cloud State University. He says that benefit should not be eliminated.

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Local Lawmakers React to News of Budget Surplus [AUDIO]

Minnesota lawmakers got an early Christmas present today (Thursday), a budget forecast of an estimated $876 million surplus for the rest of this two-year budget.

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Time Running Out for a Vikings Stadium Deal [AUDIO,POLL]

The clock is ticking, time is running out, forth down -- pick your sports cliche' -- the big question is, "who's going to blink first on the Vikings stadium issue?"

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St. Cloud State Lawmakers Host Town Hall

State Senator John Pederson, and State Representatives King Banaian and Steve Gottwalt will host a town hall meeting tonight (Tuesday).

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Stock Markets Continue To Struggle

It's another nervous day for investors on Wall Street. Standard and Poors downgraded the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+, which has investors selling off stocks. However, St. Cloud State Economics Professor King Banaian says the bigger picture is the overall global economy, which is also struggling.

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St. Cloud Leaders Want Civic Center, SCSU Included In Planned Bonding Bill

It's expected that a $500 million bonding bill will be part of the deal struck between Governor Mark Dayton and Republican Legislative Leaders. St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis says he expects St. Cloud to get some of that money for the Civic Center parking ramp.

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Local Lawmakers ‘Hopeful’ As Budget Talks Begin [AUDIO]

Governor Mark Dayton and GOP Leaders have started an all-day meeting aimed at bridging their state budget differences. And that's given local lawmakers hope that a budget shutdown can still be avoided.

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