Vaccine Not At Top Of Federal Avian Flu Response Plan

Poultry producers and government officials are preparing for a predicted renewed fall avian flu outbreak, such as improving biosecurity, but they disagree about whether a vaccine should be used. The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday heard from federal officials and a panel representing poultry farmers, with an eye toward fall when wild water fowl…
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Emergency Managers Want More Railroad Communications

Many Minnesota emergency managers say railroads that haul crude oil should communicate with them better. “Planning done in a silo is not effective,” Director Judson Freed of Ramsey County Emergency Management and Homeland Security said Tuesday as rail safety advocates called for more cooperation. “We need to know what their experts are saying.” Some of…
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Dayton Takes Advantage Of Single-day Window To Raise Commissioners’ Pay

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton handed state commissioners annual average raises of $29,000 Wednesday, admitting that many Minnesotans cannot relate to that big an increase. “My goal is to make government as good as possible,” Dayton said, adding that he came in thousands under the limit legislators set for commissioner pay. “I did what I was…
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Dayton Uses Second Chance To Hike Commissioner Pay

Minnesota legislators gave Gov. Mark Dayton one day to raise his commissioners’ pay and, to no one’s surprise, he did that today. Dayton is giving an average $20,000 raise to his commissioners and overall raises are similar to the $800,000 he awarded them in January, before he and legislative leaders agreed that the raise would…
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