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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State officials are warning of a scam by a group posing as the Minnesota Department of Revenue that uses claims of tax refunds as bait to obtain personal data. The department said Tuesday that the scammers are seeking personal or banking information of taxpayers. According to the department, callers going by "Minnesota Revenue" suggest they are seeking the information to process a larger tax refund. The state agency says it doesn't call people about the size of their refunds.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An administrator at Winona State University is the next president of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system appointed Connie Gores (gohrz) SMSU president Tuesday. KAGE Radio reports MnSCU (MINN'-skew) Chancellor Steven Rosenstone recommended Gores for the position. The other semifinalist was Ronald Rosati, provost of Southeast Missouri State University.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Fearful that the public squares of Facebook, Twitter and other Internet platforms might not always mix with Minnesota's open meeting rules, local officials pressed state lawmakers Tuesday for assurances they can sound off on social media about pending issues without breaking the law.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bill paving the way for a significant expansion of Rochester's Mayo Clinic has picked up more accountability features as it steams ahead. The House Government Operations Committee on Tuesday advanced the measure after adding provisions intended to better track a proposed public contribution. Mayo is seeking state and local financing for almost $600 million of a multibillion expansion. The public dollars would pay for infrastructure upgrades associated with the private build-out.
LONDON (AP) — More than a decade after online file swapping tipped the music industry into turmoil, record executives may finally be getting a sliver of good news. Industry revenue is up. A measly 0.3 percent, but it's still up. "We're on the path to recovery," said Frances Moore, whose International Federation of the Phonographic Industry put together the figures released in a report Tuesday. "There's a palpable buzz in the air."
RICHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Best Buy is eliminating 400 jobs at its headquarters in Richfield. The electronics retailer says it notified employees Tuesday of the job cuts as part of its plan to eliminate about $150 million in administrative expenses.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers who want to increase state funding to nursing homes say failing to do so means more long-term care facilities will close. A group of House and Senate members unveiled their proposal Tuesday. It calls for boosting state nursing home reimbursements by $56 million over the next two years.
GAYLORD, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota farmer is accused of violating his probation by selling unpasteurized milk. Prosecutors say Michael Hartmann is once again facing charges of selling raw milk in his long-running legal battle over state regulations. KEYC-TV says the 59-year-old rural Gibbon farmer is charged with selling raw milk, improper food labeling and selling produce without a license. Hartmann was fined $585 last year and placed on probation after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors in an agreement with prosecutors.
NEW YORK (AP) — First-time dad Nick Lachey knows all about rocking a baby to sleep. Now he wants to help other kids get their rest. His new album, "A Father's Lullaby," will be released in a few weeks. It features 12 songs, including classics like "You Are My Sunshine" and "Brahms Lullaby." The album also features four original tracks that Lachey co-wrote, inspired by his own baby. The 39-year-old singer and his wife, TV personality Vanessa Lachey, welcomed their son, Camden, last September.
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman brought his basketball skills and flamboyant style — neon-bleached hair, tattoos, nose studs and all — on Tuesday to the isolated Communist country with possibly the world's drabbest dress code: North Korea.