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Great Lakes, Mississippi Split Sought

Six attorneys general in the Great Lakes region called for a multi-state coalition Wednesday that would push the federal government to protect the lakes from invasive species such as Asian carp by cutting off their artificial link to the Mississippi River basin.


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Expert: Americans Shouldn’t Panic Over Debt Ceiling — Yet

By now, most Americans have probably heard the worst-case scenarios with hitting the debt ceiling: a dipping dollar, loan difficulties, a jump in interest rates. So, how likely is a worst-case scenario?


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Restarting Minn. Gov’t More Than Flipping Switch

Minnesota may soon have an end to its government shutdown, but re-starting the machinery of the state will probably take a few days.


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Idled Minn. Public Employees Holding On For Now

Kent Mechels spent the last three Christmases away from his family plowing snow off Minnesota roads so people could drive safely. It was a hardship he accepted as part of the job, he said.


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State Shutdown Enters Day 9 With No Solution In Sight

Instead of sending Minnesota’s elected leaders into a frenzy of activity, the nation’s only state government shutdown has deepened the political paralysis that led them to their budget standoff. Top Democrats and Republicans have given no sign when they will talk again about how to resolve the stalemate.


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Reality Check: Certain Lawmakers Give Up Their Paychecks

Another step backwards for Minnesota lawmakers trying to negotiate a budget deal to end the government shutdown, now in it’s sixth day.


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DeBlog: Could The Shutdown Shut Down State Fair Foods?

As the state government shutdown continues, many of the ripple effects are being felt. One of the key concerns is the lack of health inspectors to give the green light to things like — state fair food booths.


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State Worker To Gov’t: ‘I Want To Work’

On this Holiday weekend, many families are feeling the mounting pressure of the state government shutdown.


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Shutdown Latest: What’s Staying Open, What’s Closed

Before the shutdown became official on July 1, a Minnesota judge issued a bare-bones list of services that must be maintained when the state government shuts down.


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Govt. Shutdown Would Disrupt Camping Vacations

A government shutdown could disrupt the July Fourth holiday for those planning to use Minnesota’s 66 state parks and six recreation areas.


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MN Shutdown Pain Likely Greatest At Nursing Homes

Part of a state shutdown that has thousands of families worried: Nursing home workers could be declared “non-essential,” and state payments could stop. Furthermore, if there’s an extend shutdown, some nursing homes could close.


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Minn. Workers Warned About Shutdown Layoffs

A potential Minnesota government shutdown took an ominous step forward Friday, with layoff notices going out to thousands of state employees and an immediate hiring freeze.



MnSCU May Send 6,000 Layoff Notices On Friday

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system will send layoff notices to 6,000 employees Friday if it can’t work out a deal to get access to its money during a looming state government shutdown, said Laura King, the system’s chief financial officer.


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Pawlenty: Government Discourages Business Growth

Likely GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty says government discourages the American spirit when it gets involved in business and commerce.


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Report: Not Enough Done To Protect Kids From Chemicals

Concerns over chemicals and kids are nothing new. You can now find BPA-free bottles and cups just about everywhere you go, but there are still other hazards to watch for.


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Good Question: Where Do Your Federal Tax Dollars Go?

By Jason DeRusha, WCCO-TV MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On tax day, we’re reminded of all the money we spend on state and local taxes every year, but we don’t get a receipt. So what does our […]


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Gov’t: CVS To Pay $17.5M Over Inflated Rx Claims

The Justice Department says CVS Pharmacy Inc. has agreed to pay $17.5 million to settle allegations it overcharged Medicaid programs in 10 states.


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Good Question: What Happens In A Government Shutdown?

The clock is ticking and congress has until Friday to pass a budget authorization bill, or the federal government will have to shut down. So, what happens if the government shuts down, and what’s the cost?


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Do You Know What The National Debt Is?

A trillion here, a trillion there….WHO’S COUNTING? You should!


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Panel Hears Bill To Cut Minn. State Payroll

Legislation ordering a 15 percent cut in Minnesota government work force costs is getting an airing in a state House committee.


9/22/10 John Williams Show

9AM Hour:  Should the Twins have partied as hard as they did after clinching the Division Tuesday night?  Plus, John finds some interesting advertising about sex! 10AM Hour:  John talks about the PolitiFact story on […]