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ST. PAUL -- Democratic lawmakers say they are shielding Minnesota college students from further tuition increases by calling for higher education budget cuts at a fraction of what Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposes. College and university spending cuts are part of larger budget plans proposed to fix a projected $935 million state budget shortfall for the two-year budget period. Republican Pawlenty proposed most state agencies - including the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities systems -- make 4-percent spending cuts to help erase that deficit.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty doesn't know if Sen. John McCain will ask him to be his vice presidential nominee, but North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven is rooting for him. "I sure hope so," Hoeven told reporters Friday just before Pawlenty spoke at a Hoeven campaign fundraiser at the Fargo Holiday Inn. Pawlenty said he is "focusing on his day job" and that McCain has not talked to him about joining the ticket. Pawlenty sought to inspire 365 party faithful with a late-evening dinner speech.
Zachary Butler-Martinez may have broken up the fight that resulted in the death of 17-year-old Cody Casey, but Rosemount police believe he also helped his younger brother hide the knife he used to stab his Rosemount High School classmate. The Dakota County Attorney's office charged Butler-Martinez Monday with aiding an offender, a serious felony. Cody Casey died Thursday afternoon after being stabbed several times in the driveway of Butler-Martinez's home on Dallara Avenue. Casey, an RHS senior, rode his bike about half a block before collapsing.
ST. PAUL -- Several lawmakers spoke emotionally about the impact of the Vietnam War before approving a bill Monday to recognize veterans from that conflict. Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker, sponsored the measure designating March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day in Minnesota. Howes said it's time the state honors those veterans. "Everyone knows the Vietnam War wasn't popular, but it wasn't conveyed to our veterans we appreciated what they did," he said. The House passed the bill 130-0. Rep.
Here we are in the shadow of the Oscars and here I am with two books about the movie industry that you may want to peruse. First is "Not the Girl Next Door," by Charlotte Chandler (Simon & Schuster, $26). This one's about actress Joan Crawford. No, no! It's not another "Mommie Dearest," the book about Crawford written by her ungrateful daughter. This one is written by Charlotte Chandler, Crawford's grateful biographer. In this admiring biography, Crawford does nothing wrong.
ST. PAUL - Local property tax levies have become a more common funding source for school revenue in the past few years. But school officials and parents from across Minnesota now say the system isn't working and they're pushing for an overhaul of the state's education funding system. They say voter-approved levies are an unreliable revenue source. For example, last November, 42 percent of the districts going out for referenda failed to get approval from voters.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans long have made education a top priority, so much so that taxpayers have been willing to dedicate close to half of the state's $34 billion, two-year budget to schools. Despite strong support for schools, it's surprisingly difficult to get a clear answer to a deceptively simple question: How much does it cost to provide a Minnesota child with a good education? Parents, education groups and lawmakers all want to know the answer.
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposes a mixture of state spending cuts, use of reserve funds and some additional tax revenue to fix a predicted state budget deficit of nearly $1 billion. The Republican governor said Friday school classrooms and state aid to local governments would be spared from reductions under his plan, but health care, higher education and other programs would lose some funding. Minnesota and the country face tough economic challenges, Pawlenty said.
An aerial survey conducted in January estimates that the number of moose in northeastern Minnesota increased from 6,600 in 2007 to 7,600 in 2008. However, the long-term trend suggests that Minnesota's moose herd remains in decline, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "At first glance, the raw numbers appear to suggest that the population has increased," said Dr. Mark Lenarz, DNR wildlife researcher.
WORTHINGTON -- Immigration officials were closed-mouthed Wednesday about what they were doing in Worthington, but did say they were conducting an enforcement operation targeting specific individuals in the area -- a very different operation than the roundup that took place at the Swift & Co. plant more than a year ago. What wasn't different was the reaction from the Latino community. "There was a lot of fear," said Sister Karen Thein of St. Mary's Catholic Church, who works closely with the local Hispanic population. "They were afraid." U.S.