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

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - There is no verdict yet in a libel case involving former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. Jurors have gone home for the day after asking the judge a couple of questions. Ventura wants millions of dollars from the estate of Chris Kyle, a decorated military sniper who was killed in a Texas shooting last year. Ventura says Kyle made up a story about him that was in a best-selling book.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has released his 2013 tax returns. His total earnings topped $352,000 and he paid about $106,000 in state and federal taxes. Dayton upped his charitable giving to $10,000 after acknowledging that he'd given only $1,000 the previous year.

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Three stockholder lawsuits are challenging the sale of the Mankato-based telecommunications company Enventis. The lawsuits say the sale to Consolidated Communications will leave stockholders with a "paltry" return for their investment and the company's directors are making it difficult for other potential buyers to make a better offer.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State health department deputy director Michelle Larson has been chosen to run Minnesota's medical marijuana program. She'll oversee the selection of manufacturers and creation of a patient registry. Larson previously managed state efforts to reduce tobacco use and fight obesity.

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