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BC-MN--Minnesota News Digest, MN

April 5, 2013

The state at 2 p.m.

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GAY MARRIAGE

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gay marriage supporters in Minnesota may have national momentum on their side, but they also have a math problem in the Minnesota House. So far, no House Republicans have pledged support for a bill that could come up for a vote later this spring. If House Democrats have to pass the bill alone, only four of their 72 members could defect. By Patrick Condon.

AP Photo planned.

For use in weekend editions.

ALTERNATIVE TEACHER LICENSING

ST. PAUL, Minn. — An alternative teacher licensing program in Minnesota hasn’t produced a single candidate in the two years since its inception. No organizations have applied for approval to start training candidates under the program, which was approved by the Legislature in 2011 in an effort to fast-track licenses for teachers who hold them in other states or for professionals who want to switch careers.

EXCHANGE-RESTORING ST MARY’S

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — In the eyes of the Rev. Tony Oelrich, the Cathedral of St. Mary in downtown St. Cloud is as much a work of art as a place of worship. And the work of creating art to enhance the worship was in full swing earlier this spring inside the historic building at Eighth Avenue and First Street South. “The arts are closely linked to faith,” said Oelrich, rector of St. Mary’s. “To really have faith, you have to have an imagination. Faith requires imagination. And the arts, in so many ways, foster imagination.” The impetus for the project, which began the first week of January, was the granite tile floor that was original to the building - and also about 80 years old and cracking. The $840,000 project will eventually greet a new bishop. By Frank Lee, St. Cloud Times.

AP Photos planned.

EXCHANGE-BREAKABLE ART

RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Spencer Cleland says he’s well beyond love when it comes to his feelings about glass. The 28-year-old Mounds View native is studying the art of glassmaking at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, which has one of the oldest degree-granting glass programs in the country. There, a growing number of students are learning to melt, blow, mold and shape glass into sculptures as well as functional ware such as vases, bowls and drinking glasses. “This is my passion,” Cleland said. “I dream about it.” By Andy Rathbun, St. Paul Pioneer Press.

AP Photos planned.

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SISTERS KILLED-WISCONSIN — A friend testifies that Aaron Schaffhausen casually told his friends and co-workers in North Dakota that he wanted to kill his three daughters and his ex-wife as well as the man he believed she was seeing.

BUDGET BATTLE-MINNESOTA — Minnesota state budget officials say state programs stand to lose $90 million a year in federal funds due to across-the-board spending cuts.

SUNSET COMMISSION — How’s this for irony? A Minnesota commission created to determine which state agencies and boards are ripe for elimination is now on the chopping block itself.

PRISON ESCAPEES ARRESTED — The U.S. Marshals Service says it’s found the two men who walked away from the Duluth prison camp last week.

SOLDIERS’ RETURN-MONTICELLO — A Minnesota National Guard unit that’s spent a year training and coaching the Afghan National Army has returned home.

FLU-MINNESOTA — Health officials say two additional deaths have been attributed to the flu in Minnesota, but they say the outbreak is slowing. The deaths were confirmed by the Minnesota Department of Health last week. In addition, 15 people were hospitalized with flu symptoms. That compares with about 600 hospitalizations per week at the peak of the outbreak in January.

SPORTS

BKC-MINNESOTA-RICHARD PITINO

MINNEAPOLIS — Richard Pitino got right to the point: He promised a fast-paced style at Minnesota that the Gophers will love to play and the fans will love to watch. The 30-year-old son of Rick Pitino was introduced Friday as the successor to Tubby Smith, who was fired 11 days ago after six seasons as Minnesota’s coach. Pitino agreed to a six-year contract worth at least $1.2 million annually. He coached this season at Florida International, his only year of experience atop a program. By Dave Campbell.

AP Photos MNMIT201-202.

BKN--RAPTORS-TIMBERWOLVES

MINNEAPOLIS — Rick Adelman looks to become the eighth coach in NBA history to win 1,000 career games when his Minnesota Timberwolves host the Toronto Raptors. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT. By Jon Krawczynski.

AP Photos.

BBA--TWINS-ORIOLES

BALTIMORE — Jake Arrieta takes the mound for the Baltimore Orioles in their home opener against the Minnesota Twins, who also served as the opposition on opening day at Camden Yards a year ago. Game starts at 2:05 p.m. CT. By David Ginsburg. AP Photos. With hometown lead on losing team.

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