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It's a busy day at the State Capitol with high-profile bills up for debate in both the Senate and House. The day starts out with Governor Dayton holding another press conference to push his transportation funding proposal which includes a gas tax increase and metro area sales tax hike. The Senate debates a bill that would make changes to Minnesota's child protection system, prompted by the murder of four-year-old Eric Dean. The Minnesota House takes up a controversial bill that would, among other items, make changes to Minnesota's teacher tenure system. It says school districts when making layoff decisions would have to consider not only a teacher's years of service, but also performance. Republicans are pushing the change. Democrats strongly oppose it.

St. Paul Police are searching for the gunman who shot a man multiple times not far from the State Capitol. Police say the victim was hit last night at least twice while walking near the intersection of Charles Avenue and Rice Street.  The suspect fled from the scene on foot. The shooting victim is expected to recover.

At least one policymaker wants the Fed to hold off on any interest rate hikes until next year. Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans said Wednesday he thinks raising interest rates any sooner could undermine the nation's economic recovery. Fed Chair Janet Yellen has signaled that a rate hike may be in the cards as early as this June.




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