- Associated Press - Friday, March 21, 2014

The state at 7:15 p.m.

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TAX CUTS

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Hundreds of thousands of Minnesota residents will see their state tax burdens drop thanks to a bill that won final backing Friday from the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton. By Brian Bakst. SENT: 690 words.

MEDICAL MARIUANA

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With a push for legalizing medical marijuana stalled this session, Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday he would ask for $2.2 million for research into its possible benefits. By Mike Cronin. SENT: 610 words.

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GENERAL MOTORS-RECALL-LAWSUIT

DETROIT - The families of three teenagers killed or injured in a 2006 Wisconsin car crash are suing General Motors, alleging that the company was negligent in designing its small cars and committed fraud by not disclosing facts about the defects. The lawsuit was filed Friday in Hennepin County, Minn., where the car was purchased. SENT: 560 words.

WALLEYE SEIZURE REJECTED

AITKIN, Minn. - Prosecutors can’t use 52 walleyes seized in a warrantless search as evidence against a couple who live on Mille Lacs Lake, a judge ruled. Aitkin County District Judge John Solien granted a defense motion to suppress the evidence. SENT: 300 words.

HORSE VIRUS

ST. PAUL, Minn. - At least three horses in Minnesota have been euthanized because of a highly contagious equine virus that causes neurological problems. Health officials say the virus is specific to horses and isn’t spread to humans. SENT: 220 words.

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