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News Minute: Here is the latest Minnesota news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota lawmakers are retrying with a tax bill by folding in funding for schools suffering budget shortfalls. Dayton vetoed a tax bill that conformed to sweeping federal changes and modestly cut income tax rates last week, saying the Legislature first needed to help schools suffering budget shortfalls. The House passed a bill Sunday on an 85-40 vote that would modestly cut income tax rates while giving some schools additional funding and ability to repurpose existing money.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Authorities say a man was killed after his vehicle struck the back of a farm implement on a highway in Meeker County. The crash occurred about 10:20 p.m. Saturday on Hwy. 15 in Collinwood Township, roughly 10 miles north of Hutchinson and 50 miles west of the Twin Cities. The Highway Patrol says the car's motorist was a 62-year-old man from nearby Darwin.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Global food giant General Mills is providing financial support to University of Minnesota's Forever Green Initiative that grows crops, promoting soil development. Minnesota Public Radio reports General Mills has invested in renewable energy and pollinator protection. The company has put $3 million into soil health in the last couple of years. That represents just 1 percent of the company's overall corporate giving.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton has stricken down a bill that would have increased penalties for protesters who block freeways or transit lines. Republicans passed the measure, arguing it was necessary to protect public safety after a rash of demonstrations that blocked traffic and were triggered by the officer-involved shootings of black men. But Dayton vetoed the bill Saturday night, saying it was unfair to punish protesters more harshly than people who commit assault or domestic assault.

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