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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republicans on Minnesota's influential House Ways and Means Committee say some of what appeared to be cuts in Gov. Mark Dayton's budget blueprint are actually reallocated spending. The committee that's charged with piecing together the legislative budget met Monday for its first detailed look at Dayton's $38 billion, two-year tax and spending proposal.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State and tribal officials have agreed to slash the maximum walleye harvest from one of Minnesota's most popular fisheries, Mille Lacs Lake, by half this year.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Multi-platinum rock bands OneRepublic and Matchbox Twenty will be performing as part of the Super Bowl XLVII pregame show in New Orleans Sunday. The two groups will perform at the NFL Tailgate Party. Beyonce will perform in the halftime show and Alicia Keys will sing the national anthem. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Zac Brown hasn't put together the set list for his Daytona 500 kickoff concert next month, but he's got a pretty good idea of how it will go. "It would have to be up-tempo, rockin'," Brown said, "... tryin' to get everybody pumped up for the race." It's a pedal to the metal kind of time for the group over the next month. First up: the Grammy Awards, where the band is up for country album of the year on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In a bid to overcome flu-vaccine shortages in some areas, Minnesota officials have set up a forum to connect health care providers who have vaccine with those who don't. The state Department of Health said Monday it's not actually facilitating the exchange of vaccine. Instead, officials are simply providing an online forum where health care entities can connect.
DETROIT (AP) — A spokeswoman for Morrissey says the former Smiths frontman and solo artist postponed several shows after being diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer. Lauren Papapietro tells The Associated Press in an email that Morrissey had been treated at a suburban Detroit hospital. He missed a show last Thursday in Flint, Friday in Minneapolis and Saturday in Chicago.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — As Minnesota's moose population declines, more people are asking why the state still allows hunting of the iconic animals. Despite ongoing research, nobody yet understands for sure why moose are disappearing from Minnesota. Department of Natural Resources biologists say the restricted bulls-only hunt has no adverse effects on the population, estimated at 4,230 animals. Last fall, state-licensed hunters killed just 45 bulls. Add in tribal hunters and the total harvest was fewer than 100.
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — At least eight bodies were pulled from a well in northern Mexico on Sunday near the site where 20 people went missing late last week, including members of a Colombian-style band, according to a state forensic official. The Nuevo Leon State Investigative Agency was still working late into the night at the well in a vacant lot in the town of Mina near the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, and the body count could rise, said the official.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A few weeks ago, the Oscar race looked wide open. The stately, historical "Lincoln" seemed like the safe and likely choice, with the provocative "Zero Dark Thirty" and the quirky and inspiring "Silver Linings Playbook" very much in the mix for the Academy Award for best picture. But now, an "Argo" juggernaut — an "Argo"-naut, if you will — seems to be rolling along and gathering momentum as we head toward Hollywood's top prize.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country. The deal, to be announced at a news conference Monday, also covers border security, non-citizen or "guest" workers and employer verification of immigration status.