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New Senate chief could have big effect on future of gambling

The Star Tribune takes a look at the behind-the-scenes jockeying leading up to Tuesday's vote, in which Republicans will pick a new Senate majority leader to replace Amy Koch. The election could have huge implications for proposals to put slot machines in race tracks or build a casino in downtown Minneapolis.
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The Star Tribune takes a look at the behind-the-scenes jockeying leading up to Tuesday's vote, in which Republicans will pick a new Senate majority leader to replace Amy Koch. The election could have huge implications for proposals to put slot machines in race tracks or build a casino in downtown Minneapolis.

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