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News Minute: Here is the latest Minnesota news from The Associated Press

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota judge says a man who says he was sexually abused by a priest around 1976 deserves his day in court. The plaintiff, identified as Doe 1, says he was a 14-year-old altar boy at St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul Park when Thomas Adamson molested him. Lawyers from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona asked Judge John Van de North to dismiss the lawsuit. The case is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 22.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - President Obama has declared a disaster in eight Minnesota counties damaged by flooding, unleashing federal funds to help repair millions in damages. June and July storms hit more than 50 of the state's 87 counties, costing Minnesota an estimated $55 million for flood response and repairs. The White House says it will provide federal disaster funds for Chippewa, Freeborn, Jackson, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Renville, and Rock counties.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota farmers were able to use the majority of last week for field work thanks to the lack of rain. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, dry conditions allowed farmers to make good progress on the second cutting of alfalfa hay. But overall crop development continues to lag behind normal.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Health officials are urging Minnesota residents to take precautions given the state's high temperatures and humidity. The National Weather Service says the humidity will make temperatures feel like 100 to 110 degrees Monday across much of Minnesota. Forecasters also say there's a risk of severe thunderstorms beginning Monday afternoon.

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