Daily Digest: Saving the Euro, texting while driving

Kathryn Elliott

Here’s your Daily Digest for Friday, Dec. 9.

International News

European leaders agreed Friday morning to sign a treaty that will enforce tighter budget control and fiscal discipline in the euro-zone.  The deal was also backed by a key entity: the European Central Bank, led by Mario Draghi, the New York Times reported.

Draghi and the bank have continued to buy the bonds of financially floundering nations like Spain and Italy, staving off a possible collapse of the euro.

The rogue of the negotiations was Britain; Prime Minister David Cameron refused to agree to the treaty. He took issue with stipulations to relinquish some financial sovereignty. His veto forced the group to back off its intended full-EU participation to include just the 17 members of the euro-zone in the pact.

Also, an FBI agent who went missing in Iran four years ago — Robert Levinson — has appeared in a video, asking the U.S. government to help him get home.

The video was emailed to his wife, Christine Levinson, and released to the public in hopes it will lead to a breakthrough in the case. The former agent appeared thin and said he was in poor health, the Washington Post reported.

Local News

Minnesotans are either texting more in the car; or getting caught more often.

The number of citations issued for texting while driving almost doubled from 2010 totals (518 citations) to the present (945 citations), according to Minnesota Public Radio. A state ban on the activity took effect in August 2008.

In Politics, Governor Mark Dayton said he plans to challenge a Ramsey County judge who halted a vote on Dayton’s executive order on child care unionization.

The Star Tribune wrote that the judge said he wasn’t sure there was a “need for speed” on the vote to take place among child care providers.