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Ex-judge hears case for keeping courts open

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ST. PAUL -- A retired judge is considering whether the courts should stay open during a government shutdown that could begin Friday.

It was one of several Monday developments as legislative leaders and the governor try to negotiate a budget.

Also Monday, cities prepared to go to court to keep their state aid flowing and Republican legislative leaders urged that the Stillwater Lift Bridge over the St. Croix River remain open.

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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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