NewsCut college tour visits Winona State Bob Collins, the author of the NewsCut blog, is in the midst of a tour of the MNSCU campuses around the state. He's talking to students about their lives and their outlook for the future. So far, Bob has visited Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Vermilion College in Ely and Century College in White Bear Lake. This week, he was on the campus of Winona State University, the first four-year institution he has visited.8:25 a.m.
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Democrats, Republicans Work To Trim Stimulus
The Senate's Democratic leaders will try again Friday to garner enough support to pass the gigantic economic stimulus package that President Obama's requested. The price tag on the Senate's version of that plan has swelled to $937 billion. But a group of moderate Democrats and Republicans is working to pare that figure.
Earmark-Free Stimulus Bill Lacks Spending Direction
When lawmakers and the Obama administration began to assemble the mammoth economic stimulus bill, they decided that there would be no earmarks. That means they give up control over how the money is spent, leaving the decision to public servants around the country.
Marks Is His Name, Avoiding Foreclosure His Aim
One of the more colorful characters in the ongoing financial crisis is Bruce Marks. He runs a housing nonprofit that helps people avoid foreclosure. And he has some unorthodox tactics. Over the years, Marks has camped out on the front lawns of CEOs, made big scenes at their country clubs and dug into their personal lives to embarrass them. Marks has even been called a "bank terrorist."
UN Envoy Fails To Get Myanmar Sides Talking
United Nations envoy Ibrahim Gambari was in Myanmar this week in an effort to bring about political reform. But he apparently failed to persuade the military leadership and detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to talk to each other. And the military shows no sign of giving up power anytime soon.
L.A. Mayor: Congress Can't 'Dillydally' With Stimulus
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is just one of many mayors and governors trying to secure federal funds from the economic stimulus bill. Villaraigosa says his city can't afford to have Congress "bicker" over the stimulus. He emphasizes Los Angeles is the ideal place to nurture a green economy.
Rep. Artur Davis To Run For Alabama Governor
Democratic Congressman Artur Davis of Alabama launches a campaign Friday to seek the governorship in 2010. If he wins, Davis would be the first African-American to hold the seat in Alabama's history. Davis, a Harvard-educated moderate, has a reputation for appealing to black and white voters but many political experts doubt he could win a statewide race.
States Can't Afford To Pay Jobless Benefits
President Obama's stimulus plan includes additional unemployment benefits for workers who have been laid off. As the package awaits approval by Congress, the number of jobless Americans continues to swell. States are running out of cash to pay unemployment benefits. The Wall Street Journal reports seven states have emptied their unemployment insurance trust funds.
Unemployment Rate Expected To Jump
The Labor Department issues January's unemployment report on Friday, and it doesn't look good. More than a half million people filed for unemployment benefits last week, part of a spike expected for the month of January. Analysts expect the rate to jump to 7.5 percent in January from 7.2 percent the month before.
New Safety Law May Crimp Market For Used Toys
When the economy sours, people look for ways to save a little money. They might go out to dinner less, buy fewer lattes and maybe frequent thrift stores. A nationwide law goes into effect next week that threatens to derail the toy and used clothing markets for children. The act requires kids' products to be free of lead or else the seller will face stiff penalties.
Leapfrog's 'Baby BlackBerry' Targets Preschool Set
The educational toy company Leapfrog has a new device for toddlers that looks just like their parents' BlackBerry. This personal digital assistant for the preschool set looks just like the real thing, only it's green, not black. It even has a full keyboard. Kids can text message an on-screen puppy named Scout. They just can't connect to the Internet.