Mille Lacs Band swears in new chief executive Several hundred people gathered at Grand Casino Mille Lacs Tuesday for the swearing-in of a new, and familiar, chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Former chief executive Marge Anderson returned to the role she's held before, as she delivered the 25th annual State of the Band Address.6:50 a.m.
Franken goes to Supreme Court; voters sue over rejected ballots The dispute over Minnesota's U.S. Senate race has expanded. A group of 64 voters filed suit in the Minnesota Supreme Court to have their votes counted. Meanwhile, Democrat Al Franken asked the court to order the governor and the Secretary of State to sign an election certificate declaring Franken the winner over Republican Norm Coleman.7:20 a.m.
An early look at long-term state budget solutions A bipartisan panel this week said that Minnesota's budget problems are here to stay unless elected officials take steps to fix the situation long term. The state faces a projected $4.8 billion deficit for the next two-year budget cycle.8:25 a.m.
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Congress To Attach Strings To Bailout Money
Congress is debating whether to authorize President-elect Barack Obama to spend the second half of the $700 billion financial bailout approved last fall. Many lawmakers are unhappy with the way the first half of the money was spent, and they want some guarantees before approving any additional funds.
Pelosi Expects To Pass Twice-Vetoed SCHIP Bill
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are busy debating matters from health care to stimulus plans and financial bailouts. But an initiative that would provide health insurance for millions of children may have been overshadowed — an initiative that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi now expects will pass.
French Minorities Push For Equality Post-Obama
France has long been considered more enlightened than America on matters of race. But Barack Obama's election as U.S. president has underscored France's failure to achieve a colorblind society. Now, French politicians are being pressed to promote more diversity.
Fla. Jews, Muslims Seek Common Ground On Gaza
Florida is home to sizable Jewish and Muslim populations. In South Florida, scarcely a day goes by there's not at least one rally in support of Israel, or a protest of the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. But some Palestinian and Jewish activists are joining forces, hoping the broader goal of peace overrides either side's position.
Bush Will Soon Call Dallas 'Home' Again
President Bush will soon leave Washington, D.C., and return to the same Dallas neighborhood where the family lived before he became Texas governor 16 years ago. The house in Preston Hollow is a sprawling rambler next to the estate of billionaire Tom Hicks, a longtime friend.
Where Does The Oath Of Office Come From?
Every incoming president back to George Washington has spoken the 37 words in the oath of office. The oath is written into the U.S. Constitution — in fact, one expert says it's the only sentence in quotes in the entire document.
Chrysler Reportedly Considers Selling 'Key Assets'
After receiving billions in government bailout money, Chrysler is under pressure to restructure. Reuters reports the struggling automaker may sell "key assets" to the French-Japanese carmaker Renault-Nissan. The wire service also reports that Chrysler may sell an Illinois assembly plant to a Canadian auto parts supplier.
Citigroup, Morgan Stanley Merge Brokerage Units
Citigroup and Morgan Stanley are combining their brokerage units, in a deal that has Morgan Stanley paying Citigroup $2.7 billion for a 51 percent stake in the joint venture. Citigroup's retail brokerage, Smith Barney, was once the crown jewel in its wealth management business.
Geithner Failed To Pay Self-Employment Taxes
Tax issues are delaying Senate confirmation hearings for Tim Geithner, President-elect Barack Obama's choice for Treasury secretary. Geithner initially failed to pay a portion of his taxes between 2001 and 2004. He says it was an honest mistake, but a key Republican wants to hear more.
'Best Job In The World' Web Site Overloaded
Morning Edition reported Tuesday that tourism officials in Queensland, Australia, are looking for an island caretaker. They bill it as the "Best Job in the World." The job involves swimming, snorkeling, strolling around the islands of the Great Barrier Reef and blogging about it. The salary for the six-month job is about $100,000. As more news organizations began reporting the story, applicants overloaded the Web site.