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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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  • Mayo Clinic expansionLegislators balk at $500M request from Mayo to aid expansion
    When Minnesota lawmakers return to the state Capitol on Tuesday to focus on a two-year budget, they will also weigh whether to approve the Mayo Clinic's request for $500 million to support its $3 billion expansion plan. Lawmakers say they want to help the hospital and clinic system grow, but some have concerns about the size of its funding request and the overall financing plan.
  • Skyline of downtown Rochester, Minn.House leaders join Daily Circuit; clash over Mayo funding
    Two top lawmakers discussed the Mayo Clinic's funding request during the Daily Circuit program on MPR News this morning.
  • Twins fansSellout crowd braves chill at Twins' opening day
    A sellout crowd braved near-freezing temperatures at Target Field on Monday to watch the Minnesota Twins open the 2013 season against the Detroit Tigers. The Twins lost 4-2 in the earliest outdoor season home opener in team history. The cold may have slowed the Twins batters, but many fans didn't seem to mind the chilly weather.
  • Ryan DoumitWhat do Twins players earn?
    The Minnesota Twins' payroll for 2013 is $76 million, according to an analysis by the Associated Press. The New York Yankees set a record for baseball's highest opening day payroll at $230 million.
  • Violinists Leslie Shank and Elsa NilssonSPCO players turn down latest offer from management
    The locked-out musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra voted to reject management's latest contract offer on Monday evening.
  • Tim WalzWalz, Klobuchar back legislation on mental health aid for misdiagnosed vets
    Two Minnesota lawmakers are pushing legislation they say will help thousands of military veterans who were wrongly denied VA benefits. They say thousands of veterans who may have had post-traumatic stress disorder were wrongly diagnosed.
  • Jim CarlsonLast Place on Earth owner, son formally charged
    The owner of a Duluth head shop and his son today were formally charged by the state with four felony counts of selling a controlled substance.
  • 'Phantom Truck'MIA's 'Truthiness' exhibit examines blurry lines of fact and fiction
    On April Fools' Day people often view the news with a certain amount of skepticism. A new exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts suggests that in today's media-saturated world, perhaps everyday is April Fools' - and people should always question the validity of what they see and hear.

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