Analysis: Records

The Investigative Reporters and Editors posted a story on their blog about an article that ran in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The article reported that Minnesota teachers had been violating licensing rules.

The blog post said that 900 teachers in Minnesota violated the rules in the past five years.

The reporter sites information from state records, which he or she must have obtained. The reporter uses that information to back up the story, giving the amount of waivers and exceptions granted by the state Teaching Board.

To do this reporting, the reporter needed to know how to obtain the state records, which may have been available online.

Donald Trump Earns Support for Presidential Nomination

Donald Trump is tied for first place in a Gallup poll of preferences for the Republican party's 2012 presidential nomination.

Trump is tied at 16 percent with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, the Huffington Post reported.

The poll shows that Trump has less support from Democrats, though. A Gallup employee said Trump leads because he is more well known, but expects the support for the TV mogul to die down, USA Today reported.

Trump said he will announce in June whether he will run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.

Bicyclist Killed Near U of M Campus

A bicyclist died after she was hit by a dump truck near the University of Minnesota campus Thursday morning.

The collision happened just before 8 a.m. at 4th Street Southeast and 15th Avenue Southeast, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The dump truck struck the female bicyclist as it turned onto westbound 4th Street Southeast.

Police are concerned with the recent number of accidents involving cars, pedestrians and bicyclists, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Japan Plans to Enforce Nuclear Evacuation Zone

Japanese officials will administer an evacuation order within 12 miles around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant damaged in the March 11 earthquake.

Almost all of the 78,000 residents who live in the 12 mile area around the plant evacuated after the quake, but some occasionally stop back to check on homes and retrieve belongings, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reported.

Officials will now close out the zone to protect people from what they consider to be dangerous radiation, CNN reported.

Evacuations are very difficult to enforce and usually vary between officers positioned at checkpoints leading into the area.

Mn/DOT Seeks Volunteers For New Research

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is searching for volunteers to test new technology that would track the number of miles people drive each day.

Mn/DOT wants 500 volunteers from Hennepin or Wright County to use smart phones in their cars to gather milage information, KARE 11 reported.

The data from the phones would be used to collect a milage-based user fee from drivers, rather than charging a gas tax, Northland's News Center reported.

This change in taxing would help create revenue for Mn/DOT in the future when the popularity of fuel efficient cars increases and gasoline use decreases.

Teen Survives Fall From Golden Gate Bridge

A teenage girl survived a fall from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Sunday, making her only the second teenager to live after falling from the bridge.

It is not known whether the 16-year-old jumped or fell from the bridge, ABC News reported.

The Coast Guard pulled the conscious girl from the water and onto the shore and the San Francisco Fire Department took her to Marin General Hospital where she is recovering.

About 25 people die every year from jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge, BBC News reported.

Middleton Prepares for Royal Wedding

Kate Middleton and Prince Harry, her future brother-in-law, rehearsed for the royal wedding at Westminster Abbey Friday morning.

Prince William could not attend because he was working in Wales, NBC's the Today Show reported.

The night before the wedding, Middleton chose to stay with her family at The Goring, a hotel near Westminster Abbey, the Washington Post reported.

The two will marry on April 29.

Ice Out Declared on Lake Minnetonka

Residents of Minnesota are ready for summer after ice out was declared on Lake Minnetonka on Thursday.

Ice out is determined when a boat can be directed through the "narrows" of the lake, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

This tradition dates back to 1855 and usually occurs within the first couple weeks of April.

The Freshwater Society has monitored the spring melt since 1968, KARE 11 reported.

Obama to Speak on Budget Cuts

President Barack Obama will announce his budget plan today in a speech at the George Washington University Wednesday afternoon.

He plans to reduce the national deficit by $4 trillion in the next decade, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Republicans and the tea party movement are pushing for cuts in federal spending, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

Obama will introduce four key plans in his speech: keep domestic spending low, cut the defense budget, reduce extra healthcare spending without sacrificing Medicare and Medicaid, and reform the tax code, according to a White House official.

Pedestrians Trespassing on Closed Lift Bridge

Police arrested a man on multiple charges Sunday after he drunkenly tried to cross the closed Stillwater Lift Bridge.

Police charged Steven A. Cran, 46, of trespassing, fifth degree assault, disorderly conduct and possession of an open container of alcohol in public, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Cran was taken to Washington County Jail after he illegally crossed the police barrier on the bridge and threatened a Minnesota Department of Transportation worker and his family, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

Five other people received citations for trespassing on the bridge Sunday night.