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SATURDAY, January 26

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Jobs, transportation will be focus of 2008 session
by Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review
The 2008 session of the Minnesota legislature convenes February 12. This session will have multiple backdrops: the 35W bridge collapse, a projected state budget deficit of $373 million, a state economy suffering from the highest levels of unemployment in years, and of course, the 2008 elections.

Ann de Groot: 21 years of leadership
by Pam Colby, MTN
Director Pam Colby interviews Ann M. DeGroot and Monica Meyer of OutFront Minnesota in this episode of MTN Update, filmed before DeGroot’s announcement that she is resigning her leadership post in OutFront Minnesota.

Agriculture, parts of rural Minnesota may avoid recession
by Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020
Nearly 30 years ago, when the national and Minnesota economies found themselves heading towards a recession, a character with both money and a sense of humor put up a billboard in Fargo that read: “North Dakota Refuses to Participate in the Recession.”

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

University research recap
by Devin Henry, Minnesota Daily
University professors and researchers released new discoveries during winter break.

Kline wants Religious History Week
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
If some members of Congress get their way, the first week in May will be “American Religious History Week,” seven days set aside to “affirm the rich spiritual and diverse religious history of our Nation’s founding and subsequent history, including up to the current day.” In no less than 75 “whereas” statements, the resolution introduced in December, describes a completely Christian and mainly Protestant history of the United States. Minnesota’s U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., is one of 31 co-sponsors of the bill.

Students get a blast at ThreeSixty Journalism’s Fair
by Ndze Ntuv Evaristus Tunka, African News Journal
High School students from across the Metro area thronged to St. Thomas University, campus to the ThreeSixty journalism program fair to savor the uniqueness of the opportunities the program presents them in the field of journalism and mass communication.

NEW IN VOICES

It could be you
by Michele St. Martin, Minnesota Women’s Press
It was a normal part of a normal day. One of our three SheSaid columnists had submitted her column, and I was ready to read and edit it. But I wasn’t ready for my reaction to her words.

NEW IN BLOGS

You ask yourself, ‘How am I different?’
by Nuha Ali, New Minnesotans Speak

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