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Minn. Senate legal bill near $200K

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Legal costs associated with a Minnesota Senate scandal involving a former Republican leader and her top aide have nearly doubled.

The Associated Press on Tuesday obtained copies of a new invoice from the Senate's private attorney showing $90,000 in new expenses. That brings overall costs to just below $200,000. A Senate official familiar with the matter but not authorized to speak for attribution says the spiking costs reflect aggressive efforts to settle or dismiss the case.

Former senior staffer Michael Brodkorb is suing over his firing that came after his affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch became public. He argues female employees in similar relationships didn't lose their jobs.

Top senators meet Thursday to review the invoice. Republicans hand over power to a new Democratic majority in January.

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