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Last-chance negotiations begin in silence, state shutdown looming midnight Thursday

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's governor and legislative leaders sequestered themselves this morning for what was described as a final run at making a budget deal to avoid a Friday government shutdown.

On Tuesday, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said that today is the last chance for action since a special legislative session is needed to approve any deal. And with 200 lawmakers scattered around the state, scheduling a special session before the Thursday night deadline must happen today.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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