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Jul 16, 2016 Philando Castile, Fatally Shot in His Car, Was a Magnet for Minor Traffic Stops

QUOTE: In a 13-year span, Philando Castile was pulled over by the police in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region at least 49 times, an average of about once every three months, often for minor infractions....The episode, to many, is a heartbreaking illustration of the disproportionate risks black motorists face with the police... growing national debate over racial bias in law enforcement.

New York Times
May 26, 2015 The University of Minnesota’s Medical Research Mess

QUOTE: the antiquated bureaucratic apparatus of institutional review boards, or I.R.B.s, which are supposed to protect subjects of medical experimentation. Indeed, whether other institutions have seen the kinds of abuses that have emerged at the University of Minnesota is difficult to know, precisely because the current research oversight system is inadequate to detect them.

New York Times
Apr 24, 2012 Debt Collector Is Faulted for Tough Tactics in Hospitals

QUOTE: Hospital patients waiting in an emergency room or convalescing after surgery are being confronted by an unexpected visitor: a debt collector at bedside. This and other aggressive tactics by one of the nation’s largest collectors of medical debts, Accretive Health, were revealed on Tuesday by the Minnesota attorney general, raising concerns that such practices have become common at hospitals across the country.

New York Times
Jul 13, 2011 Amid Minnesota Crisis, Pawlenty Faces Scrutiny

QUOTE: ...Mr. Pawlenty’s fiscal record as governor is drawing closer scrutiny. And while Mr. Pawlenty did face economic and political challenges in balancing the state’s budget each year, his record includes what critics say was an overreliance on one-time accounting maneuvers that failed to address the underlying problems.

New York Times
Jun 30, 2011 Two Rulings Find Cuts in Public Pensions Permissible

QUOTE: Judges in Colorado and Minnesota have dismissed court challenges by retired public workers whose pensions had been cut — developments that may embolden other states and cities to use pension reductions as a tool to help balance their budgets.

New York Times
Jan 03, 2009 Senate GOP prepared to fight if Dems try to seat Franken

QUOTE: Minnesota's other senator, Democrat Amy Klobuchar, told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune this week that if the state Canvassing Board -- which is tasked with tallying votes -- certifies a winner, the Senate should "consider seating that person pending litigation." Klobuchar's statement prompted Cornyn, a Republican from Texas and the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, to threaten a filibuster to block Democrats from seating Franken before an official certificate is signed by Ritchie and Pawlenty.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 08, 2008 Citing Workload, Public Lawyers Reject New Cases

QUOTE: Public defenders’ offices in at least seven states are refusing to take on new cases or have sued to limit them, citing overwhelming workloads that they say undermine the constitutional right to counsel for the the most open revolt by public defenders in memory, many of the government-appointed lawyers say that state budget cuts and rising caseloads have pushed them to the breaking point.

New York Times
May 26, 2008 Exemptions for Charities Face New Challenges

QUOTE: One issue is the growing confusion over what constitutes a charity at a time when nonprofit groups look more like businesses, charging fees and selling products and services to raise money, and state and local governments are under financial pressure because of lower tax revenues.

New York Times
May 22, 2008 Minnesota Agency Faulted on Bridge Upkeep

QUOTE: That board has not completed its report. But its public statements and recommendations to bridge owners since the collapse clearly indicate that its investigators believe the problem was a design error when the I-35W span was being planned in the 1960s, compounded by the extra weight of equipment placed on the bridge last year for construction work.

New York Times
Sep 23, 2007 U.S. Attorney in Minnesota Faces Probe: Prosecutor Accused by Staff of Abuse, Retaliation, Mishandling Classified Material

QUOTE: [Rachel K. Paulose] is the subject of an investigation by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel into allegations that she mishandled classified information, retaliated against those who crossed her...

Washington Post
May 16, 2007 Imprisoned sex offenders demand PCs (Police Blotter)

QUOTE: Sex offenders held in Minnesota facility say it was illegal for guards to confiscate personal computers used in their rooms...Court of Appeals of Minnesota [ruled that] sex offenders have no right to possess PCs.
Dec 08, 2006 Diversity of Opinion on Imams' Dispute With Airline

QUOTE: last month's removal of six imams from a Phoenix-bound US Airways flight at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has prompted hand-wringing, finger-pointing, calls for greater sensitivity to religious diversity and more communication between non-Muslims and Muslims...exhibiting suspicious behavior, including uttering anti-American statements, changing their seat assignments so that they would be scattered around the airplane and asking for seat-belt extenders, which could be used as weapons.

Washington Post
Oct 06, 2006 Sex offender demands Playboy on PC (Police blotter)

QUOTE: Murderer, rapist and sex offender, civilly committed in Minnesota, challenges his laptop being confiscated after Playboy photos are discovered on it...Court permits sex offender's lawsuit to proceed.
Jun 03, 2005 Bill targeting sex offenders, meth is now law

QUOTE: The new [Minnesota--Ed.] law will lock up the most heinous sex offenders for life without possibility of parole and many others with open-ended prison sentences up to life. And it will severely curb sales of popular cold remedies in an effort to rein in the manufacture of the illegal stimulant methamphetamine.

Star Tribune (Minneapolis/St. Paul)
Apr 05, 2005 Is child support debate about fairness, or public subsidies?

QUOTE: There's no doubt that there are low-income divorced mothers who are in dire financial straits and that in some ways the state's social services system comes up short. But to try to right those wrongs through the child-support guidelines is simply wrong — and perpetuates the long-held stereotype that noncustodial fathers are nothing but a piggy bank.

St. Paul Pioneer Press
Jun 29, 2004 How Baseball Does Business: Angelos, Selig Last Men Standing in D.C.'s Way

QUOTE: ...Selig plans to decide if the Expos will be moved to Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia or one of five other areas. The decision will be the culmination of a process shrouded in secrecy and entirely consistent with Selig's highly personal management of Major League Baseball -- a style sanctioned by the sport's unique antitrust exemption.

Washington Post
Oct 19, 2003 Right to an Attorney Comes at a Price: Minnesota Law Requiring Fees for Public Defenders Is Challenged

QUOTE: Minnesota is one of a growing number of states facing enormous budget deficits that are beginning to charge indigents for their constitutional right to legal representation.

Washington Post
Mar 05, 2003 Right to Know bill clears first committee

QUOTE: Round 1 of the 2003 Legislature's abortion debate opened Tuesday, when the "Women's Right To Know" bill was passed overwhelmingly by a House committee.

Star Tribune (Minneapolis/St. Paul)
Jan 03, 2002 Minnesota Speech Police

QUOTE: ...trying to defend the indefensible -- provisions in the state's Code of Judicial Conduct...that push campaign regulation, meaning the official supervision of political speech, to new levels of offensiveness.

Washington Post
Oct 08, 2001 Governors' Limits On Press Raise Concerns

QUOTE: [Alabama Governor Donald Siegelman and Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura] have gone to unusual lengths to keep information from reporters or news organizations that have fallen from favor.

New York Times
Jul 27, 2001 Many States Ceding Regulations to Church Groups

QUOTE: ...religious organizations have been seeking and winning exemptions from other areas of the law, from land-use regulations to health requirements, like immunization.

New York Times