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A new survey suggests most Minnesotans support the DFL-controlled legislature's tax hikes on high-income earners and smokers. Fifty-eight percent of respondents to the Star Tribune Minnesota Poll approve of an income tax increase on the wealthiest Minnesotans while 36 percent disapprove. Ninety percent of Democrats back the higher income tax rate and 54 percent of independents support it, but 76 percent of Republicans oppose the tax hike. The poll also found that 64 percent of Minnesotans support a dollar-60 per pack increase in the cigarette tax while 32 percent are opposed. The survey of 800 adult residents was done was last week.
A postal worker was killed in an accident on Tuesday at the U-S Post Office in Brooklyn Center. Police say a truck backing into the loading dock area struck an employee who was on foot. The victim died at the scene. Officers say foul play is not suspected and the driver is cooperating with the investigation. State and federal authorities are investigating. The victim's name has not been released.
A bus carrying a minor league team in the Minnesota Twins organization was involved in a fatal crash in Florida early on Tuesday. Police say a car traveling the wrong way on a Jacksonville, Florida interstate plowed into the charter bus carrying the Fort Myers Miracle, the Twins Class A affiliate. The driver of the car was killed, but nobody on the bus was injured. The team resumed its trip to Tennessee.
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