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The state at 4:45 p.m.

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TOP STORY:

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Dr. Marshall Brinton saw the headlines after Minnesota passed a medical marijuana law, looked around at the equipment in his old veterinary laboratory and thought: Yeah, I could do that. A retired veterinarian in Willmar, Brinton hopes to convert the lab where he once made vaccines for animals into one of Minnesota’s two medical marijuana production facilities. After the long slog to legalize medical marijuana, the state’s real work has begun to get the unconventional medicine in severely ill patients’ hands by this time next year. By Kyle Potter. SENT: 760 words, photo. Also moved in advance for use Sunday, July 27 and thereafter.

AROUND THE STATE:

OIL TRAINS-MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS - Railroad documents released by the state Department of Public Safety show about 50 trains carrying crude oil from North Dakota are passing through Minnesota each week, most traveling along the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway line between Moorhead and the Twin Cities. UPCOMING: 380 words, photos.

REBOUNDING LAKE HURON

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - More than a decade after its prized chinook salmon crashed, Lake Huron is fertile fishing territory once more, with fast-growing populations of native species such as walleye and lake trout, biologists say. Now the challenge is convincing anglers to take the bait. By John Flesher. SENT: 700 words.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS-DEATHS

MANKATO, Minn. - A Mankato man facing murder charges in connection with the deaths of two people who died after ingesting synthetic drugs is now wanted by law enforcement. SENT: 200 words.

COTTONWOOD PLANTING-MISSISSIPPI RIVER

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Although many people are bothered by messy cottonwood trees, one Minnesota woman would like to see more of them. Maria DeLaundreau initiated a summer cottonwood planting project to help the environment. She hopes her efforts will reinvigorate the young cottonwood tree population in the Twin Cities. SENT: 300 words.

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