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Dayton Presses Lawmakers on Special Session

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton says he hopes lawmakers will agree to a quick special session for after Labor Day to approve disaster assistance.           

But Dayton said Tuesday he won't open the door to other initiatives that could make an emergency session unwieldy.           

Dayton's administration has asked legislative leaders to help work out an agreement before he would call a session. The goal is to approve a state match for federal disaster aid stemming from June storms that caused major damage in 18 counties, which include Freeborn, Fillmore, Faribault and Houston.           

Dayton says he thinks appeals to eliminate new taxes on warehousing services and farm equipment repair should wait until the 2014 session. He says he is in favor of repealing both.

Mower County Fair Begins Today

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Freeborn and Olmsted just had their county fairs. Now, it's Mower County's turn.

Preps for the fair were in full swing Monday.
    
The Mower County fair begins Tuesday with a new grandstand.
   
Some events include at demolition derby, supercross and the band Hairball will perform.

4-H judging began Monday and continues.

The fair runs through Sunday.

Dayton to Meet with DMC Board in Rochester on Friday

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- On Friday Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will meet with the newly created Destination Medical Center Corporation in Rochester.

The DMCC board will oversee the development plan of Mayo Clinic's expansion to Rochester and the surrounding community.

Members of the DMCC are Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede, Jim Bier, James Campbell, Tina Flint Smith, Bill George, Ed Hruska, Susan Rani, and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

ABC 6 News will have complete coverage of the meeting this coming Friday.

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.