Lawmakers considering big budget bills There are a lot of tired people at the state Capitol today. The House has been working late into the night all week to pass budget bills that would fund -- among other things -- schools, state agencies, transportation projects, social services and health care.5:20 p.m.
Composers competition has ears on the prize The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's first-ever Emerging Composers Competition culminates this weekend. Following a concert featuring the four finalists, the judges will choose a winner. What are they listening for?5:54 p.m.
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Injured Troops Struggle to Get Health Care
Tim Ngo sustained a serious head injury in Iraq. Yet despite Ngo's ongoing health problems, the military has determined he is ineligible for continued military health coverage. The Pentagon is granting fewer veterans disability payments today than it was before the Iraq war.
General: Turn Disabled Ratings Over to VA
The U.S. military's system of rating its disabled personnel to determine their benefits has been criticized for giving lower disability ratings than the Veterans Administration. The military has an incentive to rate the veterans lower, because it saves money, says retired Army Lt. Gen. James Terry Scott.
Nigeria Heads into Election Amid Questions
The lead-up to Saturday's presidential election in Nigeria has been chaotic. Vice President Atiku Abubakar, running as an opposition candidate, was initially ruled ineligible because of corruption allegations — before being ruled eligible by Nigeria's top court. But the ballots have already been distributed around the country.
FEC Filings Trip Edwards; He's Not Alone
This week, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and his hair have had a lot of attention. In the latest Federal Election Commission filings, it was reported that the campaign paid $800 for two of his haircuts. The Edwards camp has said that he will reimburse the campaign with $800 of his personal money. The item is not the only quirky detail in the FEC filings from Edwards and other candidates.
Powerful Yet Despised: Clarence Thomas' Story
For many, Clarence Thomas will be forever linked to Anita Hill, accusations of workplace harassment, and a bruising confirmation hearing. A new book, Supreme Discomfort, traces the conservative jurist's rise to the nation's highest court.
New Mexico Urges OD Cases to Call 911 for Help
New Mexico has passed a new law meant to protect drug users from arrest if they overdose and then call for help. By some accounts, New Mexico has the nation's highest rate of fatal drug overdoses; on average, one person dies of an overdose in the state each day.
Computers Sort Video Files to Find Criminals
In an attempt to capitalize on the ubiquity of security cameras, police are trying to search thousands of videos for suspected criminals. With new equipment, police in a handful of cities will be able to archive and find videos based on certain cross-referenced criteria. The goal is to build a national video database.
Andrew Hill, Jazz Pianist, Dies at 75
Pianist and composer Andrew Hill was one of the least-known, but one of the most revered — among musicians and fans — of the jazz players who came on the scene in New York in the 1960s. He died today at the age of 75, several years after he'd been diagnosed with lung cancer.
Cho's Family Breaks Silence with Apology to Victims
The family of Virginia Tech gunman Seung-hui Cho has released a statement in which they apologize for his actions and say they feel hopeless, helpless and lost. The expression of grief came as memorial services were held around the country to honor the 32 people killed in the attacks.
Bush Administration Urges Changes to FISA
The Bush administration calls for changes to the FISA law — the 1970s-era legislation that gives a secret court oversight for spy agencies to wiretap inside the United States. The administration wants to make the law more "technology-neutral" for new forms of surveillance. But some civil libertarians are crying foul.