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


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Four key players at the Capitol will shape Minnesota's legislative session. All 201 lawmakers will return to the Capitol on Tuesday for a three-month session. It's Gov. Mark Dayton's final year in office, and he'll again square off against Republicans who control the House and Senate: House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka. But all eyes will be on GOP Senate President Michelle Fischbach as Democrats challenge her dual role as lieutenant governor.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage. The long-awaited trial begins Tuesday in Minneapolis. Experts say it could have wide-reaching implications if the state succeeds, in part because 3M and other companies for years legally dumped the chemicals at the center of the case. The chemicals were once used to make Scotchgard fabric protector and other products. The company denies wrongdoing.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A former student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who is accused of sexually assaulting and stalking female students is expected to plead guilty Wednesday. Twenty-one-year-old Alec Cook of Edina, Minnesota, was scheduled to go to trial next week in one of the cases against him. Instead, his attorney says he'll plead guilty to five of the 21 counts he faces. The guilty plea will resolve all of the cases against him.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) - Appleton International Airport says passengers on board a Delta SkyWest flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul safely got off the plane after a carry-on suitcase began smoking in the cabin.

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