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Hearing on anti-tobacco group's fate is Friday

Associated Press

The Minnesota Partnership for Action Against Tobacco said Wednesday a poll it paid for found most people in three cities and a county where it helped pursue smoke-free restaurants don't believe the debates created lasting problems in the communities.

But Attorney General Mike Hatch has asked a judge to strip the group of its control over $202 million in tobacco settlement money, saying the group oversteps its authority.

Ramsey County District Judge Michael Fetsch will hold a hearing Friday on a motion by Hatch to terminate the group's administration of the fund.

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