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Session resumes; baseball resumes; flooding may return

Monday, April 1, 2013

Today on the MPR News Update, we take a look at the rocky relationship between Gov. Dayton and the business community as the Legislature returns to work, we preview the Twins season which opens today, and look at preparations for flooding in the region.

  • Lawmakers return to Capitol this week while Dayton spars with business
    The president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce plans to meet with top Dayton administration officials to discuss tension between the governor and business leaders. Chamber officials accuse Dayton of misrepresenting Minnesota's business climate and dismissing their concerns about the repercussions of raising taxes on top earners.
  • Unionization bill faces rocky road at Capitol
    Legislation allowing for the unionization of two groups of state-subsidized workers -- childcare providers and personal care assistants -- is taking a slow and sometimes bumpy journey this session.
  • Wanted: Starting pitchers for Twins
    As the Minnesota Twins prepare to open their 2013 season this afternoon at Target field, the pitchers who could give the team a boost aren't ready yet, and may not be until 2014. Alex Meyer and Trevor May arrived over the winter, but neither has thrown a pitch in Triple-A. The Twins seem content to let them get some seasoning in the minors this year.
  • Duluth prepares for its Tall Ships to come in
    Tickets go on sale today for this summer's Tall Ships festival, which attracted about 250,000 people to Lake Superior the last time it took place in 2010.
  • Minnesota Scenes: Your March
    We've combed through the photos you've submitted during March, either to us directly or by joining our Flickr pool. Here are some of our favorites, including wildlife, live music, and the northern lights.
  • Fargo preparing to make sandbags
    Fargo, N.D., is preparing for a flood threat this spring from the Red River of the north, and volunteers are getting ready to fill thousands of sandbags to protect the city.
  • Ethanol push could be too little, too late
    The EPA could soon issue a final ruling that aims to replace E-10 gasoline with E-15.
  • Hearing set for Mpls-to-Duluth rail line
    A public hearing and open house on a proposed high-speed rail project between Minneapolis and Duluth will take place this week.
  • 2 inmates still at large from Duluth prison
    The two inmates who disappeared from a low-security prison camp in Duluth over the weekend are still missing.
  • Klobuchar, Walz tout vet benefits bill
    Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz are holding a news conference today to discuss their legislation aimed at helping wrongly discharged military veterans restore their benefits.

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