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Capitol renovation meeting highlights coming disruptions

During the years of planning that have gone into a full-scale renovation of Minnesota's state Capitol, it’s always been understood that such an undertaking would involve no small amount of hassle. But as Capitol tenants ranging from Gov. Mark Dayton to the Capitol Press Corps watch the plans for the multi-year project unfold in front of them, the looming nuisance factor is becoming palpable.

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New laws, budget provisions take effect Monday

The state’s new two-year budget period begins next Monday. And while many of the policy changes that were passed in the 2013 legislative session take effect on days other than July 1, Monday is the day when most of the appropriations passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton will take effect.

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Legislative panel mulls ways to eliminate fossil fuels

As part of this year’s omnibus energy bill, state lawmakers passed into law the goal of transitioning the state to a renewable energy economy that doesn’t use of a drop of gasoline or a lump of coal to power itself. A House-Senate panel is now trying to figure out a framework to achieve the goal.

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Jim Abeler throws his hat into 2014 U.S. Senate race

State Rep. Jim Abeler announced on Tuesday morning he’s launched an exploratory committee for a 2014 U.S. Senate bid. The expert on health care issues who is in his eighth House term as a Republican from Anoka said he wants to "unlock the stifling stranglehold the federal government holds on Minnesota, and recapture the flexibility we need to run our own state.”

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