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December 13, 2008

Minneapolis Hiring Freeze

The Star Tribune and The Minnesota Daily covered the hiring freeze in Minneapolis. The Daily reported on the potential hiring freeze that will be addressed at the meeting and the Star Tribune reported on the aftermath of the meeting.

The Daily said that the measure was announced on Dec. 1st and the meeting would not be held until Dec. 12. The potential freeze would not take effect until the 2009 budget and would be in place until the city decides to remove it. The freeze is due to the poor economy, the city will face about $38 million in new costs for employee pensions over the next five years. It may not save the city that much money but it would help avoid more financial trouble if the economy remains poor. On top of the hiring freeze, "layoffs are not off the table" and may be required for future budget cuts. This hiring pause means that the city will evaluate more closely every hire.

The Star Tribune covered the meeting and what decisions were made. The hiring freeze is implemented. It will start with outside hires and within 60 days it will expand t internal promotions and transfers. Jobs will be filled only if deemed crucial. The article then covered other topics of discussion at the meeting.

Both sources said there was a hiring freeze back in 2003 and it was not repealed until 2005. The Daily said it did result in some layoffs during that time.

December 7, 2008

First major snowfall causes two crashes and three are dead

Both Kare11.com and WCCO.com reported on the two car crashes and three deaths that resulted from the first major snowfall of the year. WCCO.com had a much less detailed article with very little information on the accidents but their article was released earlier in the day than Kare11's report. At that time, details had not yet been released.

Kare11.com said about 2 inches of snow fell in this storm and driving conditions were dangerous as a result. 190 plows and salt trucks were out that night to help make the roads safer but there were still some icy spots. The first crash occurred in Rogers on I-94 around 10 p.m. Friday. A car slid into the ditch prompting another car to come help. But then a third vehicle slid into the car trying to help which hit the original car. Two men died in this accident.

The second accident happened in Roseville at about 4 a.m. Saturday. A 29-year-old man died when his car slid into the ditch on Highway 36. It is unclear how fast everyone involved in accidents were going at the time, officials urge everyone to slow down in dangerous weather conditions. "It would be better to be late and drive slow and carefully than to end up in a ditch," Kent Barnard of the Minnesota Department of Transportation said. He adds that it is important to keep a greater distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

November 28, 2008

Police Chase leads to DWI and injuries

WCCO.com and The Star Tribune reported on a police chase on Thursday. The Star Tribune said the chase began in Crystal at about 2 a.m. and ended in Golden Valley where the driver rolled his car after hitting a curb, a stop sign and a large park sign. The driver had serious injuries and was taken to North Memorial Medical Center. The chase began when Crystal police tried to pull the driver over for a violation. No one else was injured but it is unclear why the driver fled.

WCCO.com said the man was driving about 100 miles per hour when he flipped his car and crashed. The chase lasted a few minutes. The unidentified driver is 44 years old and he is suspected to have been drinking. A witness said she saw 14 police cars and the ambulance take the man away. They also went into the history of crashed on Thanksgiving weekend. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said 23 people die in car crashes and more than half are alcohol-related. The night before Thanksgiving is one of the most popular nights to drink because people come home for the holidays. Due to this fact, extra patrols are placed in the Twin Cities metro area to help keep those who drank too much off the streets.

November 23, 2008

UMN student thows fit after being fired from KSTP

The Star Tribune and WCCO.com reported on the University of Minnesota student who worked for KSTP as an intern. Upon her being fired, she acted outrageously. Jennifer Anato-Mensah is accused of chasing after an executive producer and screaming obscenities. She also kicked out and shattered a window in a conference room door in an attempt to get to the producer. The Star Tribune says she has been charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct by Ramsey County District Court. Her first court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 30. Danielle Prenevost was the executive producer that told Anato-Menash she was fired. Prenevost tried to walk away after Anato-Menash told her, "You don't know where I'm from, I'll mess you up." Prenevost went to a nearby conference room where Anato-Menash followed her and proceeded to kick at the glass door. The cost of repairing the window is $150.

WCCO adds she was fired because she did not understand the concepts of a TV newsroom and she didn't have enough experience. This event occurred on Oct. 13.

November 15, 2008

Reporter found dead; husband under arrest

The covered a story on the reporter who was found dead in her home on Wednesday at 3:15 a.m. The Pioneer Press says the Ruth Anne Maddox worked in Shakopee as a reporter and did not show up for work one day. She was found dead and her husband was immediately arrested with "suspicion of probable cause of homicide." The couple was in the process of a divorce filled by Ruth and it looked like a settlement would be reached by the end of the week. There was an incident of violence a year ago but Ruth did not think divorce would involve extreme violence.

The Star Tribune says Ruth decided to live under the same roof as her husband until the divorce was final because she did not want to leave her pets behind. She was reported missing on Tuesday so police went to her home. They did not get useful information at that time so they came back with a search warrant and found the body.

November 8, 2008

Senate race decided in Dec.

A recount was called for Tuesday's Minnesota Senate position between Al Franken and Norm Coleman. Both Fox.com and Twincities.com reported stories on the projected time lines of when the final decision will be made. Both sites said Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has a plan for completing the outcome by Dec. 19. Twincities.com said Coleman was ahead by 238 votes as of Friday afternoon but Fox says Coleman is ahead by 236 votes. Because the difference is so small, the State of Minnesota has a mandatory recount law requiring a recount anytime the margin between the top two candidates is less than one-half of one percent. Twincities.com focused more on when Ritchie will meet to discuss plans. On the other hand, Fox told about each candidate's position on the issue. Coleman considers himself as already won and believes Franken should step aside. Franken said, "Candidates don't get to decide when an election's over" and he thinks the race should proceed in order to make sure that every vote is counted properly. This race had record high voter turnout with 2.9 million votes out of the 3.7 million eligible voters in Minnesota.

November 2, 2008

Bill Clinton Visit

Both the Minnesota Daily and the Pioneer Press had articles on Clinton's visit to Minneapolis last Thursday. The Daily's article was a short notice before the event to spread awareness. They said he is doing this as part of a "Five Days to Change" get-out-the-vote rally. Appearances by Al Franken and Sen. Amy Klobuchar will join Clinton in this event.

The Pioneer Press ran a story after the event. Clinton was in support of Barack Obama as President and Al Franken as Minnesota Senate. Almost 4,000 people were at the Minneapolis Convention Center listening to Clinton. He believed Obama would win Tuesday's election because of his leadership with the financial crisis and that Joe Biden is his running mate. Obama is up in the polls with a double-digit lead over McCain. Clinton's promotion of Obama demonstrated any tension between Hillary Rodham Clinton has been mended.

October 26, 2008

Dubay fired after possession of cocaine

Both KSPT.com and the Pioneer Press covered the story of KFAN radio host Jeff Dubay being fired after he was charged with possession of cocaine. He was pulled over in Mapplewood on October 15 and before the officer approached the vehicle, Dubay thew a bag of 0.45 grams of cocaine from his car. The Pioneer Press says Dubay claims he lent his truck to a crack dealer over the weekend and the dealer left the crack behind but he also admitted a pipe found in the truck was his. He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 24. KSTP says if convicted he will face up to five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine. They also say this was Dubay's third run-in with the police since Sept. Along with being a KFAN radio host, Dubay is also a host for Vikings Fan Line and reports on the U of M hockey for FOX Sports North. Along with being fired from KFAN, he is also no longer allowed on-air until things get sorted out said a FSN representative.

October 18, 2008

Boundy Changes for Farmington School District

Both the Star Tribune and Twincities.com had stories on the Farmington school district boundaries changing. Both sources said there will be a vote to determine the specific boundaries next week. The Pioneer Press said a new Farmington High School will be constructed for next year causing the new boundaries. They also discuss further changes as the old high school building will become a middle school and the old middle school will become an elementary school. Grades will be divided differently within these schools as well causing separation between students and friends.

TwinCities.com said the purpose of these boundary changes is to keep neighborhoods together, to promote stability in growth and to maximize efficiency in transportation and building space. The meeting will take place next Monday at 6 p.m. at the Farmington High School Little Theater.

October 11, 2008

McCain visits Lakeville, MN

Twincities.com and the Star Tribune wrote articles on Republican Presidential candidate John McCain's visit to Lakeville South High School Friday night. Both sources commented on McCain's removal of personal attacks against Democrat Barack Obama although Twincities.com focused more on that subject than the event itself.

Twincities.com said McCain was eagerly urging the audience to notice Obama's errors but to do it respectfully. They also noticed the rowdiness of the crowd was much lower then when he campaigns with Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

The Star Tribue pointed out the audience was verbally harassing Obama and McCain repeatedly denied those attacks by saying what a great guy Obama was and how he will fight him respectfully. A small section of the article was directed towards the current economic crisis.

October 5, 2008

Twin Cities Marathon

The Star Tribune and the Minnesota Daily covered the Twin Cities Marathon Sunday. The Daily used the stories of two runners from the running club to describe the event where as the Star Tribune gave a more bullet-point layout of the important information of the event.

The Daily spoke with Aaron Eicher and Greg McLain and reported on their finishing times, their training history, their diet and potential problems during the race. University Running Club president Steele Lorenz commented that the runners did a great job and a marathon is a great way to stay healthy.

The Star Tribune said the marathon began at 8am at the Metrodome. It ended at the State Capitol and the weather should be in the low 50s with possible showers. The source listed sites for spectators, and gave statistics on the group of people competing.

September 24, 2008

Cedar-Riverside shooting kills Augsburg Student

TwinCities.com showed a story by the Pioneer Press about a Augsburg College student who was killed in a shooting at Cedar-Riverside in Minneapolis on Monday. His name was Ahmed Nur Ahmed Ali and he was 20-years-old. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kare11.com took a different spin on this story and covered campus church services following the death of this college student. They also gave information that he was at his first day of work as a gym attendant when he was shot outside the building. There is a language barrier between the Somali community and the police department so people are hesitant to communicate. No arrests have been made and this source gives a contact number for anyone with information. A funeral took place on Tuesday and donations to cover the family's expenses are welcomed.

September 19, 2008

The New 35W Bridge Open

The Minnesota Daily and the Star Tribune reported on the new 35W bridge is open. It opened Thursday morning at 5:00am. The Daily said the bridge was completed just 13 months after the original bridge collapsed. They also told students' points of view for those who were at the opening and dying to be the first across the bridge. The first person across after vehicles from agencies that sent first responders to the bridge collapse last August drove across, Don Heinrich of New Brighton was the first to drive his car onto the University Avenue on-ramp to the bridge.

The Star Tribune gave the perspective of a north Minneapolis man during his experience of the bridge opening. He drove a motorcycle to the event with an American flag attached to his sidecar. The Strib also says authorities would not allow spectators to gather for the crossing too early to prevent major backups but nearby city streets were filling up overnight.

September 14, 2008

High School football game cancelled after car crash

WCCO.com reported that 17-year-old Christopher Miller was killed in a car crash on Thursday around 9:30pm. Kare11.com said two other students from the same school were injured as well. As a result, his Red Rock Central High School forfeited their football game Friday night against Buffalo Lake Hector.

Kare11.com did not mention the death of Miller, only that he was airlifted from the scene of the crash and taken to North Memorial hospital where he is in critical condition. As a passenger, he was not wearing a seat belt as the car flipped when driven off the road.

Both sources said the driver was distracted from driving at the time of the accident.

WCCO.com says the 16-year-old driver and the other 17-year-old passenger were sent to Springfield hospital where they were treated with minor injuries and released.

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