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U.S. drone strikes resume in Pakistan

April 30, 2012

CIA drone missiles hit military targets in Pakistan for the first time in a month Sunday, killing four al-Qaeda members, but heightening tensions with Pakistan, according to the Washington Post. Pakistan...

Trampled by Turtles appear on Letterman

April 25, 2012

Folk band Trampled by Turtles appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday to play a song from their new album "Stars and Satellites" in their national television debut. (Video appears...

Buffalo Wild Wings to increase wing prices

April 25, 2012

Dispatches from bummertown: Buffalo Wild Wings will increase the prices of its chicken wings, according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.  The price jump is due to soaring costs of bone...

Daily Digest: Gingrich to drop out, immigration law goes to court, bombings continue in South Sudan, slow jams

April 25, 2012

Here's your Daily Digest for Wednesday, April 25: -After Mitt Romney swept five Republican primaries Tuesday night, it appears Newt Gingrich is preparing to step aside. The Associated Press reports...

Minneapolis police Chief Dolan to retire

April 25, 2012

Minneapolis police Chief Tim Dolan will not seek a third term and will retire at the end of the year. Dolan has led the police department since he became acting chief in 2006, and has been in the department...

State primary date change gets blocked in Senate

April 23, 2012

 The Minnesota Senate has rejected a proposal to change the date of the statewide primary from August to June, according to the Associated Press. The provision was part of a larger elections bill,...

Minn. high school students OK after emergency landing

April 23, 2012

 Students from Southwest High School in Minneapolis are okay after their flight made an emergency landing in New York Sunday night, according to Minnesota Public Radio.  The plane took off from...

Drummer, actor Levon Helm in final stages of cancer

April 18, 2012

Levon Helm, the drummer and singer of the classic rock group named simply "The Band," is in the final stages of cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times.  Helm, 71, has battled throat...

Daily Digest: Vikings grow impatient, chess powerhouse in Brooklyn, deformed sea creatures

April 18, 2012

 --Even with a major setback Monday, the Vikings are determined to get a stadium bill passed this legislative session. A House committee voted down the Vikings stadium bill Monday night, which may...

Bob Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks” to become movie

April 11, 2012

Bob Dylan's 1975 album "Blood on the Tracks" will be made into a movie, according to the TheWrap.com. The album includes classics like "Tangled Up in Blue," and "Simple Twist...

Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin killing

April 11, 2012

 A special prosecutor plans to charge George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in late February, according to the Washington Post. It's not...

Daily Digest: Apple sued, Zimmerman lawyers drop out, Springfield location revealed

April 11, 2012

 --The U.S. Justice Department has sued Apple and several book publishers, alleging that the colluded to raise e-book prices in 2010, according to the New York Times. The lawsuit stems from an investigation...

Senate passage means voter ID amendment heads to November ballot

April 5, 2012

    The Minnesota state Senate passed the contentious voter ID amendment Wednesday 35-29, ensuring that the question will go before voters in November. The House repassed the bill early Wednesday...

Smoking area at Target Field to be abolished

April 4, 2012

The designated smoking area outside of Target Field will be abolished, according to Fox 9. Fans could previously leave the stadium, have a smoke, and return to their seats, according to the City Pages....

Daily Digest: Stupid games, fireworks bill not dead, 9/11 suspects to go to trial

April 4, 2012

Here's your Daily Digest for Wednesday, April 4:         In the 80s it was Tetris; today it’s Angry Birds. But in one way or another, “stupid games” have been...

Voter ID amendment officially heads to November ballot

April 4, 2012

The Minnesota Senate passed the contentious voter ID bill Wednesday 35-29, ensuring that the constitutional amendment question will go before voters in November. The House re-passed the bill early Wednesday...

Legislature to select Sviggum’s board replacement Wednesday

March 30, 2012

The replacement for Steve Sviggum on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents will be chosen next Wednesday. During the floor session Friday, Rep. Bud Nornes, chair of the House’s Higher...

House passes bill that would allow alcohol at TCF Bank Stadium

March 30, 2012

The Minnesota House passed a bill Friday that would allow alcohol to be sold in certain areas of TCF Bank Stadium.  The liquor omnibus bill includes a provision to allow alcohol in stadium suites...

Booze bill gets Senate go-ahead

March 29, 2012

  The Minnesota Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would allow beer to be sold in certain areas of TCF Bank Stadium. The omnibus liquor bill includes a provision that allows beer to be sold in...

Senate passes bill allowing beer at TCF Bank Stadium

March 28, 2012

The Minnesota Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would allow beer to be sold in certain areas of TCF Bank Stadium, according to the Star Tribune.  The omnibus liquor bill includes a provision that...

Daily Digest: Erratic pilot, Dodgers go for $2 billion, children tortured in Syria

March 28, 2012

A flight bound for Las Vegas made an emergency landing in Texas after its pilot began acting erratically, according to CNN. The co-pilot noticed the captain’s strange behavior and locked him out...

Multiple fatalities in south-central Minn. plane crash

March 21, 2012

A small plane crashed in south-central Minnesota Wednesday, resulting in multiple fatalities, according to the Associated Press. The plane crashed in a field near the city of Glencoe, said McLeod County...

Daily Digest: A snow emergency-free winter, Illinois primary, soccer player comes back to life

March 21, 2012

Here's your Daily Digest for Wednesday, March 21: The official start of spring has already come, although it feels like we never had winter. The lack of snowplows and snow emergencies was especially...

Voter ID bill moves to House floor

March 19, 2012

The state House Rules and Legislative Administration Committee approved a bill Monday that would put the contentious voter ID amendment on the ballot in November, sending it to the House floor, according...

U law professor’s book gets positive review in New York Times

March 19, 2012

University of Minnesota law professor Dale Carpenter's account of the Supreme Court decision that ruled sodomy laws unconstitutional got a glowing review in the New York Times.  "Flagrant...

Body found in Mississippi River near campus

March 16, 2012

Authorities discovered a body in the Mississippi River near the Franklin Avenue Bridge Friday. Lisa Kiava, a spokesperson for the Hennepin County sheriff's office, said authorities have been searching...

Sample maps redraw University area ward lines

March 8, 2012

  Major changes to Minneapolis City Council wards in the University of Minnesota area could be on the way. The Minneapolis Charter Commission, which handles the redistricting process within the city,...

Daily Digest: Primary math, 9th grade college-seekers, F-bomb dropping police chief

March 7, 2012

--Math is not favoring the non-Romneys. Romney won six of the 10 states participating in Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses, with New Gingrich taking Georgia and Rick Santorum winning North Dakota, Oklahoma...

Daily Digest: St. Croix Bridge vote, tornados devastate Midwest, and Valley Girls as pioneers

February 29, 2012

--The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday on the controversial St. Croix Bridge proposal, according to the Star Tribune. The $690 million four-lane bridge requires a congressional...

Budget forecast shows $323 million surplus

February 29, 2012

The updated state budget forecast, which will be officially released later Wednesday morning, shows that the state will have a $323 million surplus in its current two-year budget, according to Minnesota...

Summit plans $6 million brewery expansion

February 27, 2012

Summit Brewing Co. told the Star Tribune Monday that it is planning a $6 million expansion at its brewery in St. Paul. With an increased demand for its beer, "we will be in a world of hurt if (the...

Supreme Court won’t order closure of waterways to slow Asian carp

February 27, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it won’t order the closure of Chicago-area waterways to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River, according to the Associated...

Councilman Samuels will run for Hennepin County seat

February 27, 2012

Minneapolis City Councilman Don Samuels will run for the soon-to-be vacant Hennepin County Board of Commissioners seat left behind by Mark Stenglein. Samuels made the announcement on his Facebook page...

State Senate passes bill to eliminate teacher seniority

February 27, 2012

The Minnesota Senate passed a bill Monday that would eliminate the “last in, first out” policy that determines which teachers are laid off first at K-12 schools. The bill now heads to a conference...

Daily Digest: Two journalists killed in Syria, NDSU mourns, affirmative action

February 22, 2012

Here's your Daily Digest for Feb. 22, 2012: Two journalists have been killed in Syria during heavy bombing in the city of Homs, according to Reuters. One journalist, Marie Colvin, was an American working...

Roemer drops Republican candidacy, could seek Americans Elect nomination

February 22, 2012

Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer announced Wednesday that he’s dropping his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination and will instead seek the Reform Party or the Americans Elect nomination. Featured...

Obama touts US manufacturing in visit to Milwaukee

February 15, 2012

President Obama called on companies to focus on building jobs in the U.S. Wednesday, touting the success of manufacturing plants that are looking to add jobs in the near future.  In a visit to the...

Daily Digest: Iran threatens embargo, school district still under fire, Linsanity

February 15, 2012

In the wake of international sanctions, Iran is threatening to cut off oil from some of its largest buyers, according to the New York Times. The threats come in response to a planned oil embargo by Europe...

Senate committee recommends Pogemiller as higher education director

February 9, 2012

The Senate Higher Education Committee unanimously voted Wednesday to recommend former Sen. Larry Pogemiller as Director of the Office of Higher Education. The full Senate must now vote in Pogemiller to...

Daily Digest: Syria in turmoil, finding a lake under Antartica, marshmallow cannon

February 8, 2012

Here's your Daily Digest for Feb. 8 Homs, the third largest city in Syria, is in turmoil for the fifth straight day as clahes between pro-government and opposition forces continue, according to the...

Daily Digest: Tea Party gives back, Soul Train creator dies, Facebook goes public

February 1, 2012

Several Congressional House Republicans are giving up some of their office budgets to help reduce the deficit, according to GQ. Although it won't amount to much ($1.5 million), the symbolism of the act...

Daily Digest: Aid workers rescued, Apple profits soar, For the Love of Kevin

January 25, 2012

-Two kidnapped aid workers were rescued by U.S. special forces in Somalia early Wednesday, according to the Washington Post. An American, 32-year-old Jessica Buchanan, and 60-year-old Poul Hagen Thisted...

Daily Digest: Wisconsin recall, global warming, hunting for bears (from the air)

January 18, 2012

Here's your Daily Digest for Wednesday Jan. 18: More than 1 million signatures have been gathered by opponents of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to force a recall election, according to the Star Tribune....

Legislation to create voter ID amendment introduced

January 17, 2012

Republican lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that would make the contentious voter ID bill a constitutional amendment proposal, according to Minnesota Public Radio. The amendment would require Minnesota...

Regent Sviggum takes job as spokesman for Senate Republican Caucus

January 17, 2012

University of Minnesota Regent Steve Sviggum  took a job as the spokesman and executive assistant for the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus, the party announced Monday night. Sviggum will continue...

Romney wins New Hampshire primary

January 11, 2012

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has won the New Hampshire Republican primary, according to the Associated Press. Romney has about 36 percent of the vote with about 26 percent of the precincts reporting....

Vikings: Metrodome site has hidden costs

January 10, 2012

Building a new stadium at the Metrodome just became a little more expensive. The hidden costs of building a stadium at the Metrodome will total $67 million, according to a letter...

U professor proposes new invasive species center

January 6, 2012

A University of Minnesota professor wants to go to war with invasive species in the state's lakes and rivers.  Peter Sorenson, a professor at the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources...

Schwanke and Dziedzic fight for Senate seat Tuesday

January 6, 2012

A whirlwind special election for the vacant state Senate seat will be decided Tuesday, which will bring a new senator to the area that encompasses the University of Minnesota area for the first time in...

Minneapolis fire chief to retire

January 4, 2012

Minneapolis Fire Chief Alex Jackson, the first African American to lead the department, has announced his retirement Wednesday after four years at the post. Mayor R.T. Rybak will nominate...