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News Minute: Here is the latest Minnesota news from The Associated Press

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Supreme Court has reversed the commitment of a man to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program and has sent his case back to a lower court in Sibley County. It has reaffirmed that courts must find sex offenders "highly likely" to reoffend before civilly committing them to the program, which is the subject of a constitutional challenge in federal court and debate at the Legislature.

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Prosecutors are playing more of the audio recordings from Byron Smith's home in Little Falls, where he shot and killed two teenage intruders on Thanksgiving Day 2012. Smith is heard calling the teenagers "vermin" and that "they weren't human." He's charged with murder in the deaths of Nick Brady and Haile Kifer but is claiming self-defense.

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Top officials at Minnesota State, Mankato are asking state auditors to review the firing of football coach Todd Hoffner. The university has been criticized for how it handled Hoffner's case. His supporters say the school overreacted in the wake of the Penn State sex abuse scandal. An arbitrator reinstated Hoffner and he returned to the university last week.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota senators have passed a wide-ranging package of workplace protections for women. The legislation would require many companies with government contracts to certify that they pay men and women similarly. And it provides more leave time for new mothers and addresses their need for nursing space. The House version goes even further.

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