Countdown to a shutdown Protesters rallied at the Capitol on Thursday as rest areas, state parks and the Minnesota Zoo prepared to close — all likely victims of a state budget that might not beat the clock. Without a budget agreement between Gov. Dayton and the Legislature, a state government shutdown will officially begin at midnight.3:20 p.m.
Q & A: State employee shares sense of gravity Along with members of the public who might be affected by a state government shutdown are approximately 22,000 non-essential state employees who would lose their jobs for an unspecified length of time.4:20 p.m.
Art Hounds Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on in local arts.4:45 p.m.
Budget talks continue, so does vow of silence There's still no budget deal between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders, and that means the start of a state government shutdown is now less than 16 hours away.5:20 p.m.
Board: Large donors on amendment campaigns must be disclosed The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board made a decision Thursday that's likely to have big implications in the battle over a proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage.
The board ruled that corporations that spend money trying to influence the way people vote on constitutional amendments must disclose the names of large donors.5:24 p.m.
Signs of shutdown begin to appear Signs of a government shutdown are appearing, including people being asked to leave state parks, the state Capitol building being locked and highway rest stops barricaded.6:20 p.m.
Q & A: State employee shares sense of gravity Along with members of the public who might be affected by a state government shutdown are approximately 22,000 non-essential state employees who would lose their jobs for an unspecified length of time.6:24 p.m.
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