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Minn. cities ask court to keep state aid coming

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's cities are pushing to keep their state aid checks coming even if state government shuts down on July 1.

The League of Minnesota Cities filed paperwork Wednesday arguing that the state should be required to keep paying aid to local governments. Cities have already built this year's budgets around the checks expected in July and December.

The organization is one of many weighing in on a shutdown case pending before a Ramsey County court, with groups for interests ranging from battered women to nursing homes making the case for their funding. The first hearing in that case happens Thursday.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says his city and others would have "a huge problem" keeping police and firefighters on the job if the state aid checks don't come through.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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