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Monday roundup: Exodus on Lake Street, smoking ban in public housing, stadium drive stalled

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Local business, People and neighborhoods, Politics and government, Public safety, Urban living Updated: April 30, 2012 - 9:41 AM

What's making news in Minneapolis, today and over the weekend:

State's immigration tide shifts back to Mexico: Luggage sales at a Lake Street store are evidence of the historic shift underway across the nation. More immigrants from Mexico head back to their native country and fewer Mexicans cross the border to enter the United States. Fewer job opportunities, increased enforcement on illegal entry and other factors are slowing a four-decade wave of immigration, according to a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center. (Allie Shah and Pam Louwagie) Also check out the photo gallery from Elizabeth Flores.

Housing authority to ban smoking in all 5,000 units:  By going smoke-free, the Minneapolis authority will join Duluth and more than 230 housing authorities nationwide that have banned smoking in some or all of their residential units. But some residents are fuming. (Randy Furst)

Viking stadium caught in Capitol stare-down: With the legislative session in its final days, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislators dug in their heels over taxes and a bonding bill. (Mike Kaszuba) Testifying in favor of the stadium Friday, Mayor R.T. Rybak had to backtrack on his claim that the city would lose no property tax revenue under the deal (Eric Roper)

At conference, a call to support GLBT families: Saturday's conference drew federal officials to Minneapolis and raised awareness about efforts to amend the state Constitution. (Kelly Smith)

Honesty makes new policy for bike-sharing program: The security deposit on Nice Ride bikes was cut this year due to so few thefts (zero, actually). (Bill McAuliffe)

Police swarm as fights break out after rap concert (Paul Walsh)

Fire guts grocery, apartment building at Lowry and Emerson avenues north (Nicole Norfleet)

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