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

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says in a newspaper column that he will stay in office as long as Pope Francis wants. In a column set to be published tomorrow in the archdiocese's newspaper, Archbishop John Nienstedt says he won't resign despite criticism over the archdiocese's handling of sexual abuse claims involving priests.

NEW YORK (AP) - Minneapolis-based Cargill is planning to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant because of a shortage of cattle. It could lead to the loss of about 600 jobs. The meat producer says a Midwest drought in 2011 and 2012 hurt cattle levels. Now, many herders are breading the cattle they have and not selling them.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The two Republican candidates to challenge Democratic Sen. Al Franken have announced significant endorsements in Minnesota. Businessman and political newcomer Mike McFadden has the backing of former Republican Sens. Norm Coleman and Rudy Boschwitz. Dave Durenberger, who served in the Senate from 1978 to 1995, endorsed retiring state Rep. Jim Abeler.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota House Democrats are hoping to pass a bill next session intended to counteract the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case. The will would require that employers provide contraceptives to workers. A group of nearly 20 Democrats introduced the proposal at a press conference today.

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