- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015
Whataburger changes breakfast times, citing egg shortages

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Whataburger says it is limiting its breakfast-serving hours, citing egg shortages due to the Midwest bird flu crisis.

The fast-food chain will serve breakfast 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays, and 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekends. It previously was available 12 hours a day. Whataburger says in a statement that the changes will allow it to supply all of its locations.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says confirmed outbreaks in the Midwest have cost chicken and turkey producers more than 44 million birds. Egg prices have soared.

Major chains such as Taco Bell, Dunkin’ Donuts and IHOP say they’re monitoring the situation but haven’t yet been affected.

Bob Krouse, CEO of Midwest Poultry Services, said if a company relies on a supplier that’s affected by avian flu, it might have trouble finding another one.

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Dayton, House GOP reach tentative deal on education

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton and majority House Republicans came to a tentative deal Monday on education funding, the largest unresolved piece of the state budget fight that has pushed Minnesota toward a potential government shutdown.

Some of the finer details on the schools plan and a couple of other plans must be fully resolved before Dayton will call a special session for legislative ratification. But he said the progress should give comfort to some 9,500 workers for whom layoff notices were mailed out earlier in the day in the event the budget stood incomplete on July 1, the start of the state’s budget year.

“I have no intention to see this go to a June 30th showdown and possible shutdown,” Dayton said. “I’m not going to subject people to that.”

The Democratic governor and top House GOP lawmakers had been at odds for weeks over how much new money to provide public schools. After holding out for more, Dayton said Monday he’d accept Republicans’ latest offer to put up another $525 million for early childhood through high school education.

Earlier in the day, Dayton’s administration took the first concrete steps toward the partial government shutdown, which would be Minnesota’s third such stoppage in a decade.

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House GOP ups school funding offer, pressure Dayton for deal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - House Republicans are pressuring Gov. Mark Dayton to take a deal on public school funding.

Education funding has been the biggest sticking point among three unresolved pieces of the state’s budget. House Speaker Kurt Daudt on Monday offered to kick an additional $525 million to public schools for the next two years.

Daudt says it matches an offer the Democratic governor made late in the legislative session.

But Dayton said last week he won’t restart special session negotiations with Republicans until they put up at least $550 million. The governor’s spokesman did not have an immediate response to Daudt’s latest offer.

Top lawmakers have a month to reach a deal and avoid a partial government shutdown. Thirty-day layoff notices were expected to go out Monday to nearly 9,500 state employees.

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Dance team coaches suspended for a year over protest

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota State High School League on Monday approved one-year suspensions for dance team coaches from four schools who staged a protest during an awards ceremony earlier this year.

The league went beyond discipline imposed by the Chaska, Eastview, Lakeville South and Wayzata school districts.

The coaches and dancers questioned the originality of Faribault’s Class 3A championship-winning routine in February, and five opposing teams refused to participate in the awards ceremony. Coaches from the fifth team, Eden Prairie, decided against continuing in their roles.

The league has cleared Faribault of allegations that the dance team stole the routine.

More than two dozen people attended Monday’s board meeting at league headquarters. The board heard from 17 speakers, including administrators and coaches from the four schools. All of them doubted that the league granted them due process and asked for more time for additional investigations, the Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1AJ6zfHhttps://strib.mn/1AJ6zfH ) reported.

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