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MN among 5 states urging high court to speed up Asian carp response

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has promised a study of the invasive fish will be ready by 2015. The states worry that will be too late to keep the carp out from making their way into the Great Lakes. They've asked the U.S. Supreme Court to order a faster federal response.
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has promised a study of the invasive fish will be ready by 2015. The states worry that will be too late to keep the carp out from making their way into the Great Lakes. They've asked the U.S. Supreme Court to order a faster federal response.

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