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Study: U again ranks among country’s top research institutions

December 5, 2003

The University is still among the nation's top research institutions, according to an annual University of Florida report, although the institution fell from last year. The University ranked 13th among...

Senate committee passes U bonding bill

April 16, 2003

The Senate's Capital Investment Committee passed a bill Monday to provide more than $48 million in bond funding for University projects. The omnibus bonding bill would restore state money former Gov. Jesse...

Abortion bill with waiting period signed by Pawlenty

April 15, 2003

Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a controversial abortion bill into law Monday, hours after the Senate passed it, and nine years after its proponents first introduced it in the Legislature. The bill - known as...

U.S. Bank robbed on Washington Avenue

April 14, 2003

The U.S. Bank branch on Washington Avenue, near the University's East Bank campus, was robbed Friday afternoon. Customers were directed to U.S. Bank's Coffman Union branch to complete transactions.

Local government aid cuts force layoffs in city police, fire departments

April 2, 2003

The Minneapolis City Council finalized its amended 2003 budget cuts Tuesday, ratifying plans from each city department to trim their budgets and lay off employees. The council cut $20.6 million from its...

Environmentalists protest nuclear storage plan

March 5, 2003

University students and environmentalists rallied Tuesday outside the Radisson Hotel Metrodome on Washington Avenue to protest Xcel Energy's plan to expand waste storage at its Prairie Island nuclear plant. "Minnesotans...

Approach to free expression laws differ in nations around world

February 24, 2003

The trademark American freedoms to speak, print, assemble and petition government officials are fixtures of U.S. law. Many nations of the world, however, lack a law comparable to the First Amendment. Even...

Children, valentines confront bill that would eliminate same-sex benefits

February 17, 2003

Children of gay and lesbian parents delivered valentines to legislators Friday, asking them to think of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender families when voting on two controversial bills. "We're not...

U research facility is included in bond projects

February 14, 2003

Five state senators called on the Legislature on Thursday to pass bonding projects former Gov. Jesse Ventura vetoed last year. The projects include building and maintenance at the University and at Minnesota...

Higher education community programs showcased

February 12, 2003

Higher education faculty, students and administrators showcased community improvement programs for the Senate's Higher Education Budget Division on Tuesday. "This is education for regular people who go...

MLK-inspired Inroads helps place interns

February 10, 2003

Among the millions of people inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech was a white executive named Frank Carr, who noticed the absence of minorities in the corporate world. Today,...

Pawlenty’s cuts balance budget

February 10, 2003

Gov. Tim Pawlenty cut approximately $280 million from state programs and agencies Friday after the House and Senate failed to agree on a plan to contain the state budget deficit in the current fiscal year. A...

Students rally against wine availability, support tax

February 10, 2003

Lawmakers who want to have a drink after a long budget negotiation will pay a little more if they pass a bill supported by some Democrats and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. High school students from across...

Deficit dominates the day

February 7, 2003

Gov. Tim Pawlenty asked Minnesotans for courage and sacrifice to face "The Incredible Hulk of budget deficits" in his first State of the State address Thursday. "We've got a new kind of state budget,"...

Legislators fail to solve budget; Pawlenty to unallot

February 7, 2003

State House and Senate budget confrerees failed to reach a compromise late Thursday night, clearing the way for Gov. Tim Pawlenty to unilaterally cut state programs and services to solve the state's fiscal...

Proposed budget plan aims to offset tuition hikes with additional grants

February 4, 2003

Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs professor John Brandl told a House committee Monday the Legislature could protect students from higher education price increases with a budget solution similar to one...

Bush talks tax relief, health care and Iraq

January 29, 2003

With his approval rating dropping, the public anxious about the economy and the nation facing a possible war, President George W. Bush delivered the annual State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday. "It's...

Council committee says no to antiwar resolution

January 29, 2003

A Minneapolis City Council committee defeated a resolution Tuesday opposing a war with Iraq. The city's intergovernmental relations committee decided by a 4-1 vote the resolution was beyond the city's...

Minneapolis is frontrunner for Green Party convention

January 27, 2003

Minneapolis is the frontrunner to host the Green Party's 2004 national convention, said Jennifer Heiser, Minnesota's representative to the national party, on Saturday at a Minnesota Greens state conference. "They...

Protests, lectures mark 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 23, 2003

With the Republican sweep in November's elections still fresh in their minds, abortion rights supporters and opponents marked the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade - the U.S. Supreme Court decision that...

Cloning claims revive debate, dominate political discussions

January 21, 2003

The national cloning regulation debate spawned by a company's claim to have cloned a person has dominated political news in the past month, along with Democratic candidates preparing to seek their party's...

Peace activists say only citizen action can stop a war on Iraq

December 9, 2002

The United States is at a crucial point in carrying out its foreign policy toward Iraq, and only citizen action can prevent war, speakers at a University forum told several hundred listeners Saturday. "The...

Revenue projections fall short of forecasts by $668 million

December 6, 2002

Minnesota's looming $4.56 billion budget deficit resulted from a combination of decreased revenue projections and increased spending forecasts - particularly for health care - state economist Tom Stinson...

AIDS award renamed to honor Wellstone for outreach work

December 3, 2002

The late Sen. Paul Wellstone did not live to receive the Minnesota AIDS Project's lifetime achievement award, but his name will be present whenever the award is conferred in the future. The project gave...

Local politicians debate political labels at University forum

November 27, 2002

Plato's "Republic," which many regard as the founding document of Western political thinking, describes a government by philosopher-kings. And while the United States decided against governance by kings...

U recommendations to help state comply with federal law

November 21, 2002

The University's Office of Educational Accountability issued recommendations Wednesday to help the state comply with the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act signed into law in January. The law,...

Cuban diplomat visits U, calls for cooperation

November 19, 2002

Cuba's highest-ranking diplomat in the United States told a University audience Monday that Cuba is willing to cooperate with the United States on many issues, despite current U.S. policy. "We do think...

Affordable housing is a priority for Gov. Pawlenty

November 18, 2002

Governor-elect Tim Pawlenty pledged Friday to support affordable housing development in Minnesota, despite the state's ongoing budget shortfall. "We will continue to elevate affordable housing as an important...

House bill would ease federal aid for online students

November 15, 2002

Students taking Internet-based distance-learning courses would have a better chance of getting federal financial aid under a bill currently before a Senate committee. The U.S. House passed the Internet...

Ventura, Rybak visit U, rally student voters

November 6, 2002

Gov. Jesse Ventura and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak urged students to vote Tuesday at a voting-power rally on the Northrop Plaza. Rybak said students should vote to make legislators take a student voting...

Governor Ventura appoints independent Barkley to Senate

November 5, 2002

Gov. Jesse Ventura on Monday appointed Dean Barkley, a two-time Independence Party candidate for U.S. Senate, to serve the remainder of Sen. Paul Wellstone's term. Following Wellstone's Oct. 25 death in...

Governor candidates approach Election Day in a dead heat

November 4, 2002

After months of presidential visits, threats of legal action and volley after volley of ads, an intense and raucous gubernatorial race featuring four major-party candidates is almost over. Few will venture...

Bush stumps for Coleman in 11th hour MN campaign visit

November 4, 2002

Calling the facility "the house that Norm built," President George W. Bush praised Republican U.S. Senate candidate Norm Coleman on Sunday in front of thousands of supporters at St. Paul's Xcel Center. "The...

Mondale absent as Senate candidates debate issues

November 4, 2002

Minnesota's elder statesman, former Vice President Walter Mondale, made his political presence felt by an absence Friday as he declined to appear on a televised Senate candidate debate sponsored by KSTP-TV...

First lady rallies Republicans; candidates stress future vision

November 4, 2002

First lady Laura Bush rallied more than 2,000 Republicans in Eagan on Saturday, promoting the party's state and congressional candidates. "These great candidates will make Minnesota proud," she said. She...

DFL delegates line up behind former VP Walter Mondale

October 31, 2002

Cheering DFL delegates needed less time to nominate Walter Mondale than he needed to walk through the crowd to the podium and accept. "Tonight the nation, in fact the whole world, is watching Minnesota,...

McEvoy mourners recall the professor’s loving spirit

October 30, 2002

Flowers and a black ribbon covered a Wellstone campaign sign near the Church of St. Luke in St. Paul on Tuesday, where University educational psychology professor Mary McEvoy's funeral drew hundreds of...

Despite recent tragedy, the election-year politics continue

October 29, 2002

With one week remaining before the Nov. 5 elections, major candidates in the metro area and statewide races have suspended campaign activities in the wake of Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone's death Friday,...

Mourners gather to remember the professor who died Friday

October 29, 2002

Hundreds of mourners filled a hotel ballroom and lobby in St. Paul late Monday at a visitation for Mary McEvoy, the University educational psychology professor killed Friday in the crash of Sen. Paul Wellstone's...

Eveleth residents gather at memorial service to remember Sen. Wellstone

October 28, 2002

EVELETH, Minn. - Less than 5 miles from the crash site of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone's plane, approximately 30 Eveleth residents gathered Friday in the United in Christ Lutheran church for a hastily...

USA Patriot Act debated at U’s Law School

October 23, 2002

The USA Patriot Act passed after last fall's terrorist attacks could help protect the country from terrorism or destroy its most valued freedoms, said two legal experts debating Tuesday at the University's...

Coaches say Penny was best debater

October 23, 2002

Independence Party candidate Tim Penny was the best debater in Monday's televised gubernatorial debate, according to a panel of debate coaches assembled by the Minnesota Debate Teachers Association. Coaches...

Gubernatorial candidates differ on how to fix budget deficit

October 22, 2002

The four major-party gubernatorial candidates discussed the state's higher education funding priorities in a televised debate Monday. The state faces a $3 billion deficit entering a legislative session...

Non-November elections plagued by low turnout

October 16, 2002

Minnesota fills vacancies in the Legislature by special election, ensuring no district goes through a legislative session without a representative in St. Paul. But fewer voters come to the polls for special...

Coleman addresses major state issues, ‘St. Paul formula’

October 15, 2002

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Norm Coleman unveiled his plan Monday to address what he said "should be the most important issue in this race" - the state's economy. "I speak on this issue from the perspective...

Election-year politics focus on Iraq debate

October 14, 2002

As President George W. Bush campaigns for action against Iraq and for Republican candidates nationwide, some observers question whether the two are separate projects. "They've got to keep us scared; they've...

Most Americans support a war, even if the U.S. faces Iraq alone

October 14, 2002

Most Americans favor removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq but would prefer the United States coordinate with its allies, recent polls show. An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sept. 30 found...

Wellstone and Coleman duke it out on ‘Almanac’

October 14, 2002

The two leading candidates in this year's heated U.S. Senate race clashed in their first televised debate Friday, trading barbs on campaign advertising, Social Security and the recent congressional resolution...

Politicians distort truth through language, says professor

October 10, 2002

Politicians take advantage of listeners' assumptions about what words mean and distort the truth without actually lying, University of Pennsylvania communication professor Kathleen Jamieson said at the...

New York Times columnist challenges media in Silha lecture

October 9, 2002

Less than seven years after the First Amendment's enactment, the Sedition Act made criticizing the president a criminal offense. The act was one of the "episodes of repression and repentance" in the struggle...