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Legislators balk at special session on Vikings stadium

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said late Wednesday that he will not call a special session on the Vikings stadium before Thanksgiving. He also announced that he won't present his own stadium plan next Monday, as he previously said he would do.

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Emerging from a closed-door meeting, Dayton said it's pretty clear that legislative leaders are opposed to a special session. That delays consideration of a stadium financing plan to the regular session, which begins at the end of January.

"Just throws it all into limbo now and the clock is ticking," said Dayton, who added he'll cancel a meeting he had planned Friday with Vikings owner Zygi Wilf.

Vikings officials called the legislators' opposition to a special session "very disappointing." They added that the cost of building a new stadium will only get more expensive.

Clock ticking on stadium deal

With the Vikings' lease at the Metrodome set to expire in three months, the clock is ticking on the football team's future in Minnesota.

Vikings officials reacted to Wednesday's stand-off between the governor and legislative leaders, saying if a plan doesn't come forward soon, the Vikings will be the only NFL team without a lease.

Meanwhile, Senate Republican Majority Leader Amy Koch says lawmakers will hold public hearings to work on some sort of a solution that can get broad bipartisan support - and support from the public.

Brewers' play-by-play announcer going to Twins

The Milwaukee Brewers are about to lose Bob Uecker's sidekick on the team's radio broadcasts.

Media reports said Cory Provus was to be named Thursday afternoon as the new No. 1 play-by-play announcer for the Minnesota Twins. The 32-year-old Provus will replace John Gordon, who retired in Minneapolis at the end of last season.

It's a step up for Provus, who was the No. 2 man on the Milwaukee radio broadcasts for the last three years. He did play-by-play for three innings and was an analyst for Uecker during other parts of the games.

For two years before that, Provus was a studio host for the Chicago Cubs' radio broadcasts. When he came to Milwaukee, Provus replaced Jim Powell, who had left to join the Atlanta Braves' broadcast team.

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