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Capitol, flooding, veterans, disaster end session

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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Legislature ended a historic 2013 session seconds before midnight Monday after voting to renovate the state Capitol building, help communities fight floods, give veterans a new facility and provide disaster assistance.

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It was an end to a session that approved gay marriage, increased taxes $2 billion and boosted spending for education and other priorities of Democrats who control the House, Senate and governor's office.

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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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