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Last-chance negotiations begin in silence

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's governor and legislative leaders sequestered themselves this morning for what was described as a final run at making a budget deal to avoid a Friday government shutdown.

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On Tuesday, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said that today is the last chance for action since a special legislative session is needed to approve any deal. And with 200 lawmakers scattered around the state, scheduling a special session before the Thursday night deadline must happen today.

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