Analysis: Computer-assisted reporting

An article about the ineffectiveness of carbon-offsets used computer-assisted reporting.

The reporter used numbers that discussed expenses, prices, and other numbers.

The reporter likely had to know basic search skills and the ability to find online documents and read them for the proper information.

While much of this information could likely have been found without a computer, the use of one is like to have made it significantly easier for the reporter to find the proper information.

Kelliher gets DFL endorsement

Margaret Anderson Kelliher snatched the endorsement from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party Saturday in Duluth, Minn.

Kelliher, the current House Speaker, is the first woman to receive an endorsement from a major party in Minnesota, FOX 21 News said.

Kelliher had to woo delegates for endorsements, going against popular and well-known people such as Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, the Star Tribune said.

Kelliher still has a long road ahead as she must face off against other Democratic challenges such as the powerful former U.S. Senator Mark Dayton, the Star Tribune said.

Alleged burglar kills one, injures another

One woman was killed and her husband injured in a St. Paul shooting early Sunday.

A burglar allegedly entered the house at the 1700 block of West Minnehaha Avenue and shot the two around 6:30 a.m., WCCO said.

The woman, Heidi Firkus, was dead at the scene, while her husband, Nicholas Firkus, was taken to Regions Hospital, the Star Tribune said.

Police investigating believe the incident was a stranger-on-stranger crime, though at this time, little evidence points to a burglary or sign of struggle, though they continue to investigate, the Star Tribune said.

Six dead in Cambridge car crash

Six people were killed in a head-on car crash near Cambridge early Sunday.

A 16-year-old girl, identified by a relative as Sabrina Schumacher, who received her license this month, was driving a car that collided head-on with an SUV, killing all four passengers in Schumacher's car and two inside the SUV, the Star Tribune said.

The accident, which occurred at around 2:40 a.m., was hours past midnight - the latest a minor can be driving, WCCO said.

The SUV burst into flames following the crash, severely burning two of the occupants, WCCO said.

Schumacher could face criminal charges for the accident, said the Star Tribune.

Financial reform inches forward

Lawmakers in Washington came closer to compromise on a new bill that would more tightly regulate the financial industry Sunday after extensive talks.

The talks come shortly before a Monday procedure vote to see if the bill can move forward, the New York Times said.

Several sticking points still exist including a future fund for bailouts and how creditors are treated when a company faces restructuring, Politico said.

Even with debating, a bipartisan bill is expected, thanks to broad public disapproval of the financial industry, said the New York Times.

"We don't have a bipartisan compromise yet, but I think there's a good chance we're going to get it," Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

IMF proposes new bank taxes

The International Monetary Fund has proposed a series of new taxes on financial institutions to help pay for future bailouts.

Under the proposal, all banks would pay a tax, called a "financial stability contribution", as well as further taxes on profits and compensation, BBC News said.

The move is seen as being drastically more radical than expected from the IMF, which typically supports the free flow of markets, the New York Times said.

The proposals are likely be explosive political issues, especially in the United States and United Kingdom, BBC News said.

Obama and Republicans fight over financial reform

President Obama and top Republicans sparred over financial reform that is expected to crack down excesses of Wall Street.

Obama used a weekly address to press for reform and calling Republicans "cynical and deceptive", the New York Times said.

The proposed bill pushes changes to avoid a meltdown similar to one in 2008 and the creation of a consumer protection agency, said the New York Times.

"If there is one lesson that we've learned it's that an unfettered market where people are taking huge risks and expecting taxpayers to bail out when things go sour is simply not acceptable," Obama said.

Both sides said they believed common ground could be reached, but no signs have been shown of either side giving ground, Reuters said.

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North Dakota ELCA synod votes down resolution against gays

The Eastern North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America voted against a resolution that expressed a disagreement with the national church's stance on sexuality.

In a vote of 249-179, the resolution was voted down, said the Pioneer Press.

The ELCA's national stance has been criticized as betraying scripture since the assembly voted to make homosexuality more acceptable in the eyes of the church, the Fargo Forum said.

Even if the vote passed, it would not have made any actual changes, the Fargo Forum said. It would only express a desire to see change.

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Shoreview woman charged with having girlfriend beaten

A Shoreview woman has been charged with paying to have her girlfriend beaten in Wisconsin.

Dianna M. Siveny, 50, was charged Friday with solicitation of substantial battery, said the Pioneer Press.

Siveny's girlfriend, Lara Plamann, was found dead in 2007, but nobody has been charged with her murder, the Green Bay Press Gazette said.

Siveny was arrested after interviews in 2008 with a man who said Siveny paid him $300 and told him to beat her with a bat and "rearrange her face", though he says he did not follow through, said the Green Bay Press Gazette.

Siveny is currently being held in Ramsey County pending extradition to Wisconsin, the Pioneer Press said.

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Nearly 1 in 3 Americans failed to fill out Census

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans have failed to fill out and return their Census form as of the Friday due date.

The mail-in participation rate stood at 68 percent, though more forms are expected to arrive throughout the weekend, and official participations results won't be available until May, the New York Times said.

The results appear to be close to the participation rates of the 2000 Census, despite a major ad campaign by the Census Bureau, reported USA Today.

Wisconsin had the highest participation rate at 78 percent, following closely by Minnesota at 76 percent, and Iowa with 75 percent, said the New York Times.