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

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Just over 200,000 people have signed up for coverage through Minnesota's state-run health insurance exchange. The number of enrollees has been slowly climbing as the state continues to process people who started their application before the March 31st deadline for getting coverage.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Republicans are crying foul over a state agency letter sent to people who might benefit from a tax break. They say the use of Governor Mark Dayton's name in the Revenue Department letter turns it into a political document. It starts with a message that Dayton signed the bill and gives routine information on how to claim the tax break.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota lawmakers have entered final negotiations on a proposal intended to stop public employees from snooping at people's private information. The potential for abuse was highlighted when a Department of Natural Resources employee was accused of looking up driver's license information 19,000 times over several years. The bill's current language requires identifying government employees who access private data, even when it's for a legitimate purpose.

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Byron Smith of Little Falls says he was doing his "civic duty" when he killed two teenagers who broke into his home. Jurors at Smith's murder trial have listened to more of the audio recording made in his home on the night Nick Brady and Haile Kifer were shot to death. At one point, Smith calls them "vermin." Smith says he feared for his life and shot the teens in self-defense.

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