April 27, 2007

Liberians start rally to stay in America

By Jennie Wander

Minnesota Liberians rallied in front of the State Capitol Tuesday for their right to stay in the United States, Kare 11 said.

Liberian war refugees are forced to return to their homeland in October, Kare 11 said. A bill introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison Thursday, however, could allow Liberians to apply for permanent residency, Star Tribune said.

Approximately 1,000 Liberians live in Minnesota, which is higher than any other state, Star Tribune said.

April 26, 2007

Attornery General suing Iowa company

By Jennie Wander

A dispute broke out between Minnesota's largest public employees union and the attorney general over the firing of one its lawyers, Star Tribune said.

Assistant Attorney General, Kari Ferguson, was fired last week for handing out union solicitation cards after several staff departures, Star Tribune said.

Swanson accused American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Thursday of possibly planting "unfavorable positions" on the Internet, but they deny the accusation, Star Tribune said.

Glitches cause problem for new online math test

By Jennie Wander

A new online statewide math test was shut down after one-fourth of the school districts were not able to use it, Star Tribune said.

The math test is intended for students learning English as a second language, Star Tribune said. The test was supposed to be taken by 26,000 students statewide, Star Tribune said.

This online test is the beginning of the state starting to use testing online versus paper, however, the glitches are becoming a cause for concern, Pioneer Press said.

Pearson Educational Measurement, a testing company, sent out a repair for the problem, Star Tribune said.

April 6, 2007

Train derailment in Orr, Minn.

By Jennie Wander

Twenty cars of a Canadian National Railway train derailed Thursday near Orr, Minn.

Authorities are still investigating the derailment and the cause is unknown, WCCO said. No injuries have been reported.

The derailment happened around 12:50 a.m. and no hazardous materials have been spilt, WCCO said.

March 30, 2007

35W and Crosstown traffic issue being resolved

By Jennie Wander

The time-consuming Interstate Highway 35W and Crosstown Highway reconstruction is set to begin in June.

Three construction companies compiled a bid of $288 million, which was the lowest bid, Pioneer Press said. The transportation company still has a few other bids to look over.

Because the state did not receive bids on this project last year because of a financial problem, they had to put off reconstructing U.S. Highway 169 and state Highway 81 in order to complete this project, Star Tribune said.

March 22, 2007

Tickets sell like crazy as U of M hires new basketball coach

By Jennie Wander

After the most losses in U of M basketball history this year, the University has hired a new coach from Kentucky.

Tubby Smith is the 16th coach at the University and will be announced formally on Friday at a press conference, Star Tribune said.

Smith has won several titles throughout this 10 seasons of coaching at Kentucky and has a record of 263-83, Kare 11 said.

March 16, 2007

Girl finds her beloved dog's head in box

By Jennie Wander

A 17-year-old St. Paul girl's dog went missing, yet the head turned up weeks later inside a box.

Crystal Brown's dog, Chevy, was found with a severed head in a gift wrapped box left on Brown's doorstep, Kare 11 said. Police think this could be a "terroristic threat," Kare 11 said. Homicide investigators are looking into the case.

As of now the police have no suspects, but Brown and her grandmother believe the suspect is one of Brown's teenage acquaintances, Pioneer Press said.

March 2, 2007

St. Paul boy charged with two rape cases

By Jennie Wander

A 16-year-old St. Paul boy was charged with two rape cases on Thursday.

Joshua Lamar Smith was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in juvenile court, Pioneer Press said.

After giving a voluntary DNA sample when questioned about a September rape, Smith was connected to another rape New Years Day as well, Kare 11 said.

When questioned by police, Smith denied having sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl in September, Pioneer Press said.

February 23, 2007

al Qaeda video shows attack in Afghanistan

By Jennie Wander

A recent al Qaeda video Friday claims an attack in Afghanistan on a U.S. army base.

The video shows a rocket attack on the military base, but does not show the rockets landing, Fox said. This 56 second video seems to be the most recent video made, Fox said .

The tapes authenticity was not confirmed, but it was posted on a Web site where terrorist groups have previously posted messages, CNN said.

February 16, 2007

School bus brakes under investigation

By Jennie Wander

The Minnesota State Patrol is demanding some buses off the road because of possible brake failure.

State Patrol estimates the brake failure includes about 10 percent of buses, which would make more than 1,000 buses in need to have brakes checked, Fox said.

Officials of State Patrol are not releasing if this is related to the Ham Lake bus accident that injured two dozen children and adults, Kare 11 said.

Chevrolet and GMC bus models were ordered off the road Friday, Kare 11 said.

February 9, 2007

Boy, 4, left in car during gambling spree

By Jennie Wander

A man allegedly left his 4-year-old boy in the car during subzero temperatures Wednesday night while he went in to gamble.

A casino visitor allegedly found the boy wandering in the parking lot after he was left outside for what is believed as an hour and a half, Kare 11 said. His father had gone inside Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake to gamble.

The boy was treated and released at St. Francis hospital in Shakopee, Star Tribune said.

The father is in jail pending charges expected to be filed Friday.

February 2, 2007

Flu-related death sparks new interest in flu shot

Calls to clinics for appointments to get flu shots increased significantly after the death of an 8-year-old St. Paul boy last week.

Lucia Satar died last week of pneumonia, which is related to a Type A strain of the flu, Star Tribune said.

Because of the high demand, The Garden View Medical Building in St. Paul has opened up their clinic to patients wanting flu shots on Saturday from 9:00 am till noon, Fox said.