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Stadium Hearing

In a four hour hearing at the State Capitol this week, members of the Minnesota state senate took testimony on possible locations for a new Vikings stadium. KFAI’s Erika Lantz has a report.

Story by Erika Lantz

At the state capitol on Tuesday, lawmakers, city officials, football team lobbyists, and members of the public spent six hours debating funding options for a possible new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. By the time it was over, questions remained.
KFAI’s Erika Lantz reports.

On September 28th, the Ramsey County Charter Commission held a public hearing on the question of a possible tax hike to support road improvements around a proposed Vikings stadium in Arden Hills.

The commission faced hundreds of citizens who were eager to sound off in this, the first public forum to be held on the controversial Vikings project.

Is Hennepin Avenue a mean street? Mitch Pearlstein, founder and President of the Center of the American Experiment, a conservative policy organization, caused a minor outrage last week when he published an editorial in the Star Tribune.

A recent racial discrimation lawsuit settled by the city of Minneapolis, which paid $740,000 to five black police officers, prompted the Star Tribune to look into the inner-workings of the Minneapolis police department. In late 2006, FBI agents began to investigate local cops for corruption.

In our ongoing coverage of the St. Paul City Council Elections we bring you the latest from the race in Ward 4.

Federal stimulus money from Washington provides some relief for Minnesota’s deficit problems. The deficit would be 6.4 billion dollars, but thanks to the federal stimulus, Minnesota’s deficit is now only 4.57 billion dollars. The federal help eases some of Minnesota’s fiscal troubles, but still leaves state legislators with the problem of how to lessen Minnesota’s debt.

The last few days of the Legislative session have brought a stalemate at the Capitol. As lawmakers and the Governor wrangle over tax increases, one legislator is saying it’s time to get honest with the people of Minnesota. KFAI Capitol Correspondent Marty Owings brings us the story.

05-12-09

Story by Bob Hines

On Tuesday, January 10th, two candidates will go before the voters in South Minneapolis in a special election to serve in the State House of Representatives.
District 61B was formerly served by Jeff Hayden, who will join the State Senate later this month as an elected replacement for Senator Linda Berlin. Berglin left the legislature last summer after a long career.

A group of ten Minnesota legislators recently traveled to Israel and the West Bank to visit religious and historical places in the area, as well as to meet local officials and talk about peace negotiations, Israeli security issues and to demand the release of a soldier and present letters of solidarity.

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