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Minn. state government shuts down


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP/KTTC) -- A sweeping shutdown of Minnesota state government went into effect at midnight.

Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative Republicans held separate news conferences prior to the deadline to restate their positions.

GOP leaders say they were close to a deal and called on Dayton to pass a so-called "lights on" bill.

That would avert the shutdown so lawmakers could come back next week in special session to wrap things up.

But Dayton has refused. He says no special session without final agreement.

The two sides have been at odds for six months on how to solve a $5 billion deficit.

Dayton want tax increases, and Republicans say no.

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