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

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Football players at Minnesota State, Mankato, refused to practice Wednesday as Todd Hoffner returned to campus for the first time since an arbitrator ruled he was fired unfairly last year. The players read a statement demanding that interim coach Aaron Keen keep his job. A meeting involving the players, Hoffner, Keen and the rest of the coaching staff is scheduled for Thursday.

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Opening statements in Byron Smith's murder trial are scheduled Monday. Smith says he was defending himself when he killed teenagers Nick Brady and Haile Kifer after they entered his Little Falls home in 2012. Prosecutors say Smith shot the teens multiple times -- after they were no longer a threat.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Republican Mike McFadden is taking aim at Democratic Senator Al Franken in a new TV ad with a hockey theme. It shows a player repeatedly shooting at the net -- and missing -- while an announcer faults Franken for his votes on spending, taxes and the federal health care law. McFadden appears in the ad and promises to "shoot straight." He's one of three Republicans vying to take on Franken.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Another April snowstorm means no Minnesota Twins game at Target Field on Wednesday night. The team says it will try to make up the game with the Toronto Blue Jays as part of a day-night doubleheader on Thursday, when the forecast calls for highs in the low 40s.

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