U of M's Kaler talks about goals on the first day of fall classes Today is the first day of classes for the fall semester at the University of Minnesota. It's also the start of the first full academic year for new University President Eric Kaler. Kaler took over as President on July 1, the day that the Minnesota government shutdown began. It went on for about three weeks.7:40 a.m.
Medicaid fraud investigators may be missing the big-time cheats State officials say the recent conviction of Anita Soledolu on Medicaid fraud charges sends a message to others stealing public assistance dollars. But others say the health care fraud perpetrated by mom-and-pop-sized operations is small compared to the misdeeds of big companies.7:45 a.m.
Students unlikely to feel budget cuts on first day of school Tuesday is the first day of class for most public school students in Minnesota, and although school leaders have bemoaned state cuts to education and delayed payments to their districts, they've worked like mad to keep doomsday scenarios from happening.8:25 a.m.
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Obama Previews Jobs Plan In Detroit
President Obama is trying to rally public support for the jobs program he'll spell out to Congress later this week. At a Labor Day rally in Detroit Monday, Obama offered a sneak preview of parts of the plan. Labor leaders said they're encouraged by the president's new-found aggressiveness on the jobs front.
Sour Economy Thwarts Enthusiasm For Obama
David Greene has been revisiting some of the stories he reported on during a trip he took across America back in 2009. The reporting trip was to mark President Obama's first 100 days in office. In his second report in the series "100 Days Revisited," Greene talks to Dorothy Jerse and Carolyn Toops, two of the ladies he spoke to in 2009.
A Final Smash For America's Giant Particle Collider
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Numerous Texas Wildfires Stretch Firefighters' Ranks
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Postmaster General Donahoe To Discuss Budget Woes
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Airbnb: Where Homeowners And Travelers Connect
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