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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has asked the state's attorney general and Department of Commerce to investigate a large volume of complaints against a major telecommunications company. The commission says the complaints against Frontier Communications are related to customer service, billing practices and service quality.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota State Patrol says dangerous travel conditions caused by freezing rain and snow contributed to hundreds of crashes and spinouts across the state, including two fatal accidents. Another round of mixed precipitation moved into the state early Tuesday with about an inch of accumulation in the Twin Cities and 4 to 6 inches from Moorhead to Alexandria.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The state of Minnesota is heading to trial in an effort to force manufacturer 3M Co. to pay $5 billion to clean up environmental damage caused by pollution. Jury selection begins Tuesday. Experts say the case could have wide-reaching implications, in part because 3M and other companies legally dumped the chemicals for years. The case focuses on the company's disposal of chemicals once used to make Scotchgard fabric protector and other products. The company denies it did anything wrong.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota lawmakers are returning to the Capitol with a long to-do list and just 3 months to cross it all off. The Legislature was set to reconvene on Tuesday. Legislative leaders want to fix Minnesota's tax code to match the recently passed federal tax cuts along with other big priorities. But much of this year's work isn't necessary, as the Legislature approved a two-year budget last year.

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