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


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The state of Minnesota is heading to trial in an effort to force manufacturer 3M Co. to pay $5 billion to clean up environmental damage caused by pollution. Jury selection begins Tuesday. Experts say the case could have wide-reaching implications, in part because 3M and other companies legally dumped the chemicals for years. The case focuses on the company's disposal of chemicals once used to make Scotchgard fabric protector and other products. The company denies it did anything wrong.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota lawmakers are returning to the Capitol with a long to-do list and just 3 months to cross it all off. The Legislature was set to reconvene on Tuesday. Legislative leaders want to fix Minnesota's tax code to match the recently passed federal tax cuts along with other big priorities. But much of this year's work isn't necessary, as the Legislature approved a two-year budget last year.

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.

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.

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