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Robert Moffitt of the American Lung Association tells a Senate committee Tuesday that coal-fired power plants are bad for health. Looking on is Sen. Julie Rosen of Fairmont, the sponsor of a bill lifting a moratorium on new coal-produced electricity. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Legislature committees OK ND coal power

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ST. PAUL -- Two Minnesota Legislature committees overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to allow the state's utilities to buy electricity made from North Dakota coal.

The two votes indicate the bill likely will pass the full House and Senate this spring, probably avoiding a threatened North Dakota lawsuit.

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