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January 30, 2007

Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes

January 27, 2007

Man who fell 16 stories lives and goes home today

A man from Wisconsin fell 16 stories out of a hotel window January 20th after going out drinking with his friends. The craziest thing about the accident is that the man survived the plunge with only a broken leg and a collapsed lung. Experts say that his level of intoxication which caused him to stumble and then crash through a window could also have been what saved him. He is expected to leave Hennepin County Medical Center today and return to his parent's home in Wisconsin.

U threatens to end tuition reciprocity

Most Minnesotans, especially those in college, believe that it is unfair for Minnesota residents to pay more to attend its own state universities than residents who come from Wisconsin. Currently, students from Wisconsin pay $1,200 to $2,700 less than Minnesota students, depending on the U campus; the Wisconsin rate is generally based on what they would pay at a similar campus in their home state.

A senior analyst in the U provost's office claims, "no other state in the country allows students from another state to attend and pay less than their own residents." Problems arose when Wisconsin officials told Minnesota they want to stick with current reciprocity practices after more than three years of talks. U officials believe that Wisconsin residents should at least pay the same as Minnesotans, not less.

Bush administration authorizes "kill or capture" of Iran agents

For more than three years now, Iran has been operating a program to supply and train Shiite militias according to one U.S. general. Afraid of escalating the tensions between America and Iran, U.S. forces have secretly been detaining suspected agents from Iran. Now, the Bush administration has finally ordered coalition forces to either "kill or capture" Iranian operatives. The reason for the change in strategy is because of Iran's growing influence in the region and unsuccessful efforts by the U.S. to isolate Tehran. Still, many skeptics believe that the bush administration's new policy could place the U.S. in another war.

January 22, 2007

Chemical contamination raises concerns

A chemical manufactured in the past by the 3M Co. has shown up in the municipal drinking-water wells of several cities in Washington and Dakota counties. A health advisor stated that the low-level traces of the chemical known as perfluorobutanoic acid is not harmful at the present, but long-term exposure to the chemical is unknown.

Many of the tens of thousands of residents are concerned with how long it will take to clean the city wells of the chemical. Officials suggested installing water filters or using bottled water for their drinking and cooking needs until the problem is solved.

January 21, 2007

Deadly Weekend for U.S. Troops

The death toll for U.S. troops in Iraq reached a total of 27 for the weekend. U.S. troops had their deadliest day in three years on Saturday with 25 soldiers killed in various engagments around Iraq. Of the 25 killed in action, the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter north of Baghdad left 12 service members dead.

Another attack that is under investigation involved a raid from insurgents disguised in American Military uniforms. The cunning strategy used by the insurgents has Coalition commanders worried that troops will be vulnerable to attack from killers who appear to be colleagues.

High school newspaper banned from printing photo

A St. Francis High School student newspaper was told by the principle that it could not print a photo from a recent high school play. The picture is one of the play's charcters dewstroying what appears to be an American flag, although it is actually a fake flag made of bunting. The superintendent of the school's district is defending the principle's choice to censor the photo claiming what it depicts is a violation of U.S. Law. First Amendment experts and a Civil Liberties group disagree with the Principle's decision and might take things to court.