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State's new rail law looks toward safety

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In May, Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law legislation passed by the Minnesota Legislature to improve the safety of Minnesotans working and living near railways carrying hazardous materials, including crude oil.

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The law, which implements stricter oversight of railroad companies, went into effect Tuesday and follows on the heels of accidents in neighboring states as Minnesota continues to see an increase of trains carrying petroleum products from the North Dakota oil fields.

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