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Racetrack Casino Proposal To Get Airing In Senate

A state Senate committee is taking its first look at a proposal to allow casino-style gambling at horse-racing tracks in Minnesota. The hearing Tuesday will give supporters and opponents of the so-called racino proposal at Canterbury Park in Shakopee and Running Aces in Columbus a chance to make their case in the dwindling days of the legislative session.

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Minnesota Poll – Most Want Mix Of Taxes, Reductions

A new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll says a majority of Minnesotans want to solve the state's budget problems with a mix of tax hikes and decreased spending. Results of the poll published Sunday show 63 percent of respondents favor a blend of higher taxes and decreases in services to fix the state's $5 billion projected deficit.

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House, Senate Meeting For Rare Saturday Sessions

The Minnesota House and Senate are meeting for rare Saturday sessions as the clock winds down on their time at the Capitol. The constitutional deadline for adjournment is May 23, just nine days off.

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Mayor, School Leaders Criticize GOP Education Bill

Mayors and superintendents from three of Minnesota's largest school districts are criticizing a Republican-sponsored education bill moving through the Legislature. Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth have a disproportionate number of the state's English language learners.

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Dayton Expects Minnesota Budget Talks To Pick Up Speed

Gov. Mark Dayton says he expects budget talks with top Republican lawmakers to pick up in the coming days. The Democratic governor said Tuesday that his breakfast meeting with GOP legislative leaders was "constructive."

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Plan For Revamped Minnesota Congressional Map Advances

A Republican-drafted plan to revamp Minnesota's eight congressional districts has moved through a state House committee. The proposal was approved by the House Redistricting Committee on a 7-5 party-line vote Tuesday after being made public the day before.

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Minnesota House Passes 3rd Grade Reading Bill

A bill approved by the Minnesota House would instruct school districts to hold back third graders who are struggling with reading. The bill requires that schools hold back students who are not reading at grade-level in third grade.

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Minnesota Panel Considers Borrowing For Flood Projects

A House bonding committee is taking up a $28 million proposal for flood-relief projects from Austin to Roseau. Tuesday's hearing in the House Capital Investment Committee comes as Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's recommendation for $1 billion in state borrowing has gone nowhere in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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New Boundaries On Tap For Minnesota Seats In Congress

Republicans are ready to offer a new-look playing field for Minnesota's eight seats in the U.S. House. A redistricting plan expect to come out Monday will suggest adjusted district lines reflect population shifts.

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Senator Pederson – ‘We’re Heading Toward A Special Session’ [AUDIO]

A State Senator from St. Cloud believes the legislature is heading toward a special session. While on WJON this (Friday) morning Senator John Peterson says he is less optimistic than ever, after Governor Dayton made a comment that he was willing to call a special session -- if the budget proposal doesn't include a tax increase for the state's highest earners.

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