MINNEAPOLIS -- Closing arguments in the Amy Senser hit-and-run trial are expected to start shortly in Hennepin County District Court.

Forty-five-year-old Senser took the stand Monday and told jurors she had no idea that she struck and killed 38-year-old Anosoune Phanthavong with her SUV last August. She said she thought she hit a construction barrel or a pothole on the I-94 exit ramp in Minneapolis. Senser claimed she never saw the Roseville man as he tried to fill his car with gas. A crash reconstruction expert for the defense testified that Phanthavong was likely bending over at the time of impact, making it difficult for Senser to see the victim. The jury could get the case this afternoon.

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Racino supporters are pleased the Minnesota state House of Representatives passed a compromise bill Monday and sent it to Governor Dayton's desk. It would allow 30 more card tables at Canterbury Park, higher betting limits and give tribal casinos the opportunity to simulcast horse racing. Canterbury racino spokesman Ron Rosenbaum says if everything works out, it should increase horse racing purses by 40 percent and will have a tremendous boon to the horse industry in Minnesota. Rosenbaum says they were not involved with adding a racino amendment to the Vikings stadium bill last week. The push for adding slot machines at Canterbury Park and Running Aces was put on hold as part of the compromise legislation.

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A rash of missing license plates and vehicle titles led investigators to charge a northern Minnesota woman who worked at the Deer River Department of Motor Vehicles. The Itasca County Attorney says 51-year old Sheila Jerry will get one month in jail and five years probation after admitting she took money from her till on a regular basis while on the job last year. Jerry will also have to pay a fine -- and pay back what she stole: nearly $113,000.

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About 90,000 people in Minnesota are affected by Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. And that's expected to double in the next 25 years. The state Health Department says researchers are looking at possible ties between Alzheimer's and diseases such as diabetes - and even heart disease. The Health Department's Pam York says researchers are keying on those possible connections - and hope to get some answers. She says lab tests on animals are beginning to expand our knowledge of dementia - but there have been no major breakthroughs - and no known ways to prevent or reverse Alzheimer's.

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The Animal Humane Society is gearing up for its biggest fundraiser of the year on Saturday. Organizers expect ten-thousand people and five-thousand pets for the 38th annual Walk for Animals through Theodore Wirth Park. Spokeswoman Carrie Libera says they hope to raise one-million dollars. Libera says they have the only two full-time humane agents in the state that investigate about three-thousand animal neglect and abuse cases every year. Pet owners are not required to register in advance to take part in the Walk for Animals.

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Police in Minneapolis say a man has died after being stabbed on the city's south side last night. A suspect was arrested at the scene. No identities have been released.

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The first week of interim weapons screening at three Hennepin County courthouses netted about 70 prohibited items. Officials say they took mace, knives, box cutters, nail clippers and other sharp items from the three-thousand people who passed through security checkpoints. Locations in Brooklyn Center, Minnetonka and Edina added weapons screening after a judge voiced concerns over courthouse safety. The Cook County attorney was seriously wounded in a December shooting at the courthouse in Grand Marais.

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A Rush City man is in jail after going through the wrong drive-through at a Dairy Queen. North Branch Police say the 47-year old crashed into the dining area of the building, missing all patrons and employees, then pulled out and took off. Police caught up with him a short time later and he was arrested.

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The Republican Party of Minnesota says it has a deal with its landlord to make up for missed rent and avoid eviction from its headquarters. Party Chairman Pat Shortridge says the confidential agreement with Hub Properties will be finalized in a week. The deal came on the eve of a scheduled court hearing where the landlord's eviction notice was to be heard. The Republican Party of Minnesota hadn't paid its rent since last summer and owed the property company more than $100,000.

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Former state Representative Allen Quist plans to file for the 1st Congressional District primary election on August 14th. First District Republicans failed to endorse a candidate at the April 21st convention. Quist says he was ahead of state Senator Mike Parry on the last nine ballots but did not get 60-percent support. He says the May 12th follow-up convention ran into scheduling difficulties so going to the primary is the only reasonable course of action. The eventual GOP nominee will face DFL Congressman Tim Walz in November.

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A couple of notable developments within the airline which serves the most Minnesotans. In a new move for the industry, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines says it is buying an oil refinery near Philadelphia in hopes of eventually cutting $300-million in yearly fuel costs. Delta spent nearly $12-billion last year on jet fuel. On another financial front, Delta reports CEO Richard Anderson received a 10-percent pay raise in 2011 and now makes nearly nine-million dollars a year.

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Minnesota soybeans are now going in the ground, according to the latest USDA Crop report. Despite scattered wet weather in the past week, four-percent of the state's crop got planted -- and corn planting is now nearly halfway finished. In all, farmers had over four days suitable for field work in the last reporting period.

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As if on cue, the arrival of May will bring much warmer temperatures than what we've experienced in recent days. Statewide highs will range from the mid-60's to low-80's, with a threat of severe thurnderstorms this afternoon especially in western Minnesota.

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It seems like March and April got reversed this year with April feeling a whole lot cooler than March which set warm-weather records. Looking back on April, the record keepers say temperatures were actually above normal and so was precipitation, both snow and rain. Climatologist Pete Boulay says the best news is that April showers helped ease the drought, especially in Minnesota's southeastern corner and across the far north. April also saw a big dumping of snow -- nearly a foot -- in parts of the northland.

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More Minnesota soldiers are being re-united with their loved ones today after serving in Kuwait. Around 500 soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division began coming home late last night. National Guard Captain Neils Gott says the reunions will continue through late this afternoon. He says the Red Bulls have are coming from Camp Shelby in Mississippi. Soldiers are returning to eleven cities across the state.

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Authorities have recovered two bodies after responding to a fire in north-central Minnesota on Monday. According to the Brainerd Dispatch, the bodies have not been identified and investigators are looking for a cause. The fire destroyed a house and garage near Nisswa.

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Duluth police have arrested the renter of an apartment where the body of a 28-year-old stabbing victim as found Friday. Police say the defendant called to report a dead man in his apartment. Officers found Joshua Defoe dead of suspicious injuries. An autopsy revealed that Defoe died of a knife wound to the neck. St. Louis County prosecutors are preparing to charge the 47-year-old suspect.

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Minnesota drivers did a few double-takes on Monday as the cost of gas went up right before their eyes. Minnesota-Gas-prices.com reports regular unleaded shot up a dime in the past day, to a statewide average of over $3.74 a gallon this morning. But we're still paying less than the national average -- for the moment.

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A new report shows the the number of HIV/AIDS cases dropped slightly in 2011. The Health Department's Peter Carr says a total of 292 new HIV/AIDS cases were reported in the state compared to 331 cases in 2010. Carr says it appears more cases are involving younger people -- that one in three reported cases were among 20-to-29 year olds. Carr says 86-percent of new HIV cases remain concentrated in within the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Women of color and gay and bi-sexual men continue to represent the majority of people who contract HIV and AIDS in Minnesota.

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Here are the winning numbers from the Minnesota State Lottery for Monday, April 30th, 2012. The Daily Three: 5-0-9. Northstar Cash: 3-13-23-26-29. Gopher Five: 13-16-20-35-45.