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TWIN KILLINGS IN MN? WILL BALLPARK EFFECT WILD TIMES AHEAD?

          MN State Rep. Loren Jennings, the chief sponsor of a
     new Twins ballpark bill in the MN House, "withdrew his
     request" for a hearing on the proposal Wednesday, a move
     that he said ends the long-odds attempt to approve a
     financing bill this session," according to Robert Whereatt
     of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.  Jennings said the votes
     "aren't there" for a ballpark measure (STAR TRIBUNE, 2/19). 
     State Sen. Roy Terwilliger, a co-sponsor of the bill, said
     it's "up to" the Twins and MLB "to find a way to keep
     baseball in Minnesota" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 2/19).
          WHAT ABOUT BUD? MLB Acting Commissioner Bud Selig was
     in Charlotte for a Regional Sports Commission dinner and
     said he is "deeply troubled" by the Twins' situation. 
     Selig: "I'm very concerned" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 2/19).
          WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: MN State Senate Majority Leader
     Roger Moe, a ballpark supporter, said that failure of the
     project "significantly reduces the chances of the city's
     hockey arena being included in this year's capital
     improvements bill" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 2/19).

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