Patty Marsicano


Minnesota Public Radio
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Patty Marsicano Feature Archive

Twin Cities postal union leaders say their members aren't getting the support they need to deal with anthrax scares. The leaders met Monday with Sens. Mark Dayton and Paul Wellstone to air their concerns. They say they're concerned about safety procedures, and workers' ability to get tested for anthrax if they suspect they've been exposed. (10/29/2001)
The University of Minnesota is stepping up its security precautions to deal with the threat of terrorist attacks. The increased concern has touched animal research, sporting events, and energy facilities on university campuses. (10/12/2001)
When Augsburg College accepted $500,000 from a Woodbury man in 1987, officials didn't know he was an apparent racist. Tax laws prevented the school from giving the money back. Now, years later, the college has a plan for the cash. (10/08/2001)
Talks resume Thursday to try to avert a state employee strike scheduled to begin Monday. Nearly 30,000 workers are ready to walk off the job over wages and health insurance, unless their two unions and state negotiators can reach an agreement in the next four days. The fallout from the terrorist attacks this month may put extra pressure on both sides to reach a deal. (09/27/2001)
At the University of Minnesota, some Arab and Muslim students have reported verbal attacks and harassing phone calls since last week's terrorist attacks. While students say they are getting support from their fellow students and from university adminstrators, some have become more cautious to protect their safety. (09/17/2001)
The University of Minnesota is welcoming back students for the beginning of the fall semester. The challenge for many of the school's almost 40,000 undergraduates is figuring out how to pay for the rising cost of an education. (09/04/2001)
Minneapolis is alive with gospel music this week. The Gospel Music Workshop of America has come to town where thousands are honing their craft and studying the business of gospel music. (08/14/2001)
The national convention of the Communications Workers of America wrapped up Tuesday in Minneapolis. The union's 2,300 delegates heard AFL-CIO President John Sweeney and others talk up the importance of expanding union membership. (07/10/2001)
One of the most contentious issues of this legislative session was the debate over how much to spend for public colleges and universities. Gov. Ventura said the state couldn't afford to give everyone all the money they wanted. Some lawmakers say the governor made a big mistake and is shortchanging the state's economic development engine. (07/03/2001)
Students at the University of Minnesota will pay an average 13-percent more in tuition and fees in the coming year. The figure is in line with estimates university officials had provided during debate at the Capitol over how much new money to give the U. (06/26/2001)
The budget deal announced at the state Capitol on Friday would provide an additional $176 million for higher education. While it's far less than what public colleges asked for, higher education officials say it's a lot better than some of the dollar figures they had been hearing. (05/25/2001)
University of Minnesota Regent Michael O'Keefe has cleared a key hurdle to being re-elected, despite some political reluctance to his candidacy. Tuesday night, a House-Senate education committee recommended him and four other candidates for the U's governing board. (02/21/2001)
A poll commissioned by Minnesota Public Radio and the St. Paul Pioneer Press suggests many Minnesotans would rather hold down tuition at the University of Minnesota than get a tax cut or rebate. The poll says holding down tuition is also more important to Minnesotans than raising faculty salaries. (02/15/2001)
The University of Minnesota is keeping the heat on state lawmakers to allocate more money for the school than what the governor proposes. Yesterday, U of M President Mark Yudof went before the Senate Higher Education Budget Division to press his point. (02/13/2001)
People in the 5th congressional district will have a choice of five candidates in November. Stalwart Martin Sabo is running again, as are four other candidates, who aren't letting Sabo's seeming lock on the seat stop them from making a run for it. (10/09/2000)