Ramsey County voters get no say on stadium tax The Ramsey County Charter Commission voted Tuesday night 10-6 not to require a stadium tax be put to voters, bucking a majority of people at the hearing who asked them to put a new home for the Vikings on the ballot, possibly as soon as next year.7:15 a.m.
Pagami fire costs going up On Wednesdays, we check in with one of our reporters based outside the Twin Cities to find out what's going on in that part of Minnesota. For the past several weeks our Duluth reporter Dan Kraker has been covering the Pagami Creek Fire, still burning in the Boundary Waters. He's also gearing up for a royal visit.8:35 a.m.
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U.S. Foils Plot To Kill Saudi Ambassador
The Justice Department has charged an Iranian-American man, among others, with plotting to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States. According to Attorney General Eric Holder, elements of Iran's government directed the plot.
Syrian Refugees In Turkey Call For International Help
More than 7,500 Syrians who have fled political unrest in their country are staying in camps in southeast Turkey. Conditions at the camps are good, but there is anger at the indifference of Arab states and the international community toward protecting civilians inside Syria.
Famine-Stricken Somalia Suffers From Aid Drought
Humanitarian groups are increasingly worried about the looming budget cuts in U.S. foreign assistance. They argue that lives are at stake in places like the Horn of Africa, which is suffering its worst drought in decades. Raising public and private money for the crisis is a challenge in the current economic environment.
Senate Votes To Keep Jobs Bill From Being Debated
The jobs plan President Obama introduced in a special joint session of Congress last month has been killed in a procedural vote in the Senate. Majority Leader Harry Reid could not find the 60 votes needed to begin debate on the $447 billion bill. Democrats are now considering smaller pieces of the package that might get greater support.
Should Minor Offenders Be Subject To Strip Searches?
For decades, most courts did not allow widespread strip searches, but in recent years, the tide has turned. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court hears arguments for a case testing whether prison guards may constitutionally strip-search even minor traffic offenders when they are arrested and taken to jail.
FDIC Backs Ban On Some Risky Bank Trades
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has approved the first draft of a rule aimed at stopping federally-insured banks from carrying out certain trades with their own money. The measure still has to be approved by other agencies including the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Gay Rights Pioneer Dies On National Coming Out Day
Frank Kameny became a pioneer in the gay rights movement after he was fired from his job as a government astronomer in 1957 for being gay. He was 86. Gay rights groups mourned his passing Tuesday, noting that the day was National Coming Out Day.
GOP Candidates Take Shots At Cain's Economic Plan
Former pizza chain executive Herman Cain, who's risen to second place in several polls, was the new target for attacks from his Republican rivals at Tuesday night's presidential debate in Hanover, N.H. With his 9-9-9 economic plan, Cain plans to scrap the tax code and replace it with a 9 percent income tax, sales tax and corporate tax.