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Overnight Fog, Tue. Evening Storms

A calm wind tonight will likely lead to fog formation during the early morning hours Tuesday.  It will lift over the course of the morning.

The best chance for rain Tuesday arrives in the late afternoon, provided we can clear out the sky and let temperatures warm back into the lower 80s.  A cold front sweeping through will provide the spark for storms.  Some may be on the strong side as well.  This should wrap up before midnight.

Temps take a bit of a hit for the rest of the week, staying mainly in the 70s going forward.  The coolest days appear to be Wednesday and Friday. 
 

Tonight: Mostly clear initially.  Look for fog to build in.  Wind: Calm

Tuesday: Fog early.  Partly cloudy, with a chance for showers & thunderstorms especially during the late afternoon. A few storms may be strong/severe. Highs in the lower 80s.

Franken Touts Health Rebates for 9,000 Minnesotans

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - More than 9,000 Minnesotans are line for health insurance rebate checks being sent out as part of the nation's new health care law.           

The checks average $300.           

Sen. Al Franken touted the givebacks Monday, which result from a provision that requires insurance companies to limit the amount of premium dollars they spend on administrative overhead. Insurers that don't spend at least 80 percent on actual health care must rebate the difference to customers or employers who contribute to premiums.           

The number of recipients is a fraction of the 123,000 who got checks last year. Franken says it shows insurers are making strides at containing administrative costs.           

Officials Fan out for MN Disaster Aid Briefings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State and federal officials are fanning out this week across 18 Minnesota counties for briefings with local leaders about available aid to recover from severe storms in late June.

FDA Links Stomach Bug in 2 States to Mexican Farm

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 WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials are apparently zeroing in on the source of at least some of the cyclospora infections that have sickened more than 400 people in 16 states.

The Food and Drug Administration says the outbreak of stomach illnesses in Iowa and Nebraska is linked to salad mix served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants in those states. The salad mix was supplied by a Mexican farm.

Both Olive Garden and Red Lobster are owned by Orlando-based Darden Restaurants. A Darden spokesman said the FDA's announcement is "new information" and that there have been no previous problems with the supplier --- Taylor Farms de Mexico. It's the Mexican branch of Taylor Farms of Salinas, Calif.

Special Legislative Session On Storm Damage Likely

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- For more than a month now, officials across Southern Minnesota have been assessing the damage caused by severe weather earlier this summer, as they try to figure out exactly how much it will cost to repair.

And while the federal government is already committed to helping pay for part of the clean-up, the state has yet to figure out how it will pay for its half.

Currently, legislators don't know how they're going to find the money, which is why it appears very likely that the governor will call lawmakers back to St. Paul for a special legislative session to resolve the issue.

As ABC 6 has reported, damage is expected to cost millions of dollars in Fillmore and Houston counties.

Last month Governor Dayton issued a disaster declaration for more than a dozen counties, opening the door for federal funding.

FEMA officials said they will help pay for the repairs, but that requires matching funds from the state.

DNR Offers Livestock Producers Emergency Haying

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering emergency haying for livestock producers because of a hay shortage.
 
State wildlife managers have identified 922 acres on 43 wildlife management areas where emergency haying would benefit wildlife.
 
The state conservation lands are located in 22 Minnesota counties. Sites were identified where haying could be allowed and would help manage habitat conservation.
 
Only Minnesota farmers who need forage for their own livestock are eligible to cut hay in those areas.
 
Counties with potential sites include Blue Earth, Clearwater, Cottonwood, Faribault, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Jackson, Kittson, Le Sueur, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Mille Lacs, Nicollet, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Roseau, Sibley, Wabasha, Wilkin and Winona.
 

Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal in Minnesota

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A historic morning for same-sex couples across the state, now that gay marriage is legal in Minnesota. Dozens of couples tied the knot early Thursday morning.
 
Local couple Amy and Holli Petrich of Wykoff said their I-do's at midnight.