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GOP lawmakers fire environmental panel head


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers have fired the director of a state panel that directs spending of lottery proceeds on environmental and natural resources projects.

House Republican caucus spokeswoman Jodi Boyne confirms Wednesday that Susan Thornton was notified Jan. 2 is her last day as director of the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources is Jan. 2. Boyne says she can't reveal reasons for the termination because it's a personnel matter.

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