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News Minute: Here is the latest Minnesota news from The Associated Press

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Attorney General Lori Swanson is advising Minnesota lawmakers to forge ahead with a bill making clear that they can't avoid arrest during a legislative session. But at least one lawmaker isn't convinced a new law is needed. There is a privilege clause in the state Constitution but Senator Ron Latz says it doesn't give legislators a complete pass.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A group of Mille Lacs (mil-LAKZ') Lake residents are suing the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources over walleye fishing rules. They say rules allowing Ojibwe bands to spear and net walleye while they spawn have decimated the population. Many of the residents have businesses that rely on walleye anglers.

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - A medical examiner has testified that Haile Kifer was intoxicated on cough syrup when she and her cousin broke into a Little Falls home and the homeowner shot them to death in 2012. The question of possible drug use became an issue after the killings as Byron Smith's friends claimed Kifer and Nick Brady were high on drugs. Brady had no drugs or alcohol in his system. Thursday was the fourth day of Smith's murder trial.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Osmo Vanska is returning as the Minnesota Orchestra's music director. The Finnish conductor resigned last fall during the lockout of musicians and said after it ended in January that orchestra president and CEO Michael Henson should step down. Henson resigned last month. Vanska has accepted the same pay cut musicians agreed to.


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