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  • Peterson Op-Ed: Time to Get Serious About Transportation Funding

    Congressman Collin Peterson|May 25, 2015

    A few days ago, the House of Representatives passed another short-term, limited patch to address the growing funding crisis for transportation in this country. Meanwhile, shovel-ready projects in the 7th District stand idle. Time is of the essence. In Minnesota, our lingering, cold winters leave a short window for the construction season. Long-term certainty is the only way to ensure that local communities can have the time and flexibility they need to respond to unique transportation needs we face in rural areas. Minnesotans are also...

  • Iraq Vet: IRS Extorted Me, Left Me No Money to Run My Business

    May 25, 2015

    An Iraq War veteran says the IRS extorted him and left him no money to run his small business. Navy veteran Andrew Clyde, owner of Clyde Armory in Georgia, explained on tonight’s “On The Record” that the IRS seized nearly $1 million from him back in April 2013 due to a federal program which allows the IRS to seize assets over suspected criminal activity. Clyde said two IRS agents showed up with a seizure warrant and took $940,313 from the company bank account. They accused him of “structuring,” or frequently depositing sums under...

  • March of Dimes recognizes Sanford Bemidji Medical Center for its work to give more babies a healthy start in life

    May 25, 2015

    Definition of language used in this news release: * Early term birth: 37-38 completed weeks gestation; * Full-term birth: refers to 39 to 41 weeks completed gestation; * Preterm or premature birth: before 37 completed weeks gestation; BEMIDJI, Minn. - Sanford Bemidji Medical Center is recognized for reducing the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy. March of Dimes says this will give more babies a healthy start in life. Babies delivered before full term are at increased risk of...

  • Doctors will have little say in Minn. medical pot program

    May 25, 2015

    Minnesota doctors are counting down the weeks to the launch of the state’s medical marijuana program with the same mix of hope, curiosity or concern as many of their patients. Unlike their patients though, doctors will be watching from the sidelines this summer. They won’t write the prescriptions or decide how strong a dose of cannabis a patient will receive. In Minnesota, a doctor’s only role is to confirm that a patient has a qualifying condition — a yes or no answer on a Health Department form — before they send their sickest...

  • Free-range turkey debate could be reignited because of bird flu

    May 25, 2015

    Paul Freid will soon take delivery of about 40 turkey chicks at his small farm near Lake City, where hogs and chickens already roam. Freid is “a little nervous” about bird flu, but believes his outdoor birds’ more natural diet and healthier immune systems will shield them some from the threat. “I trust that the way we raise our animals leads to greater health,” he said. “Might I have a problem? Sure, but any producer would say that.”

  • For MNsure, attracting small businesses is a big problem

    May 25, 2015

    MNsure has missed big on one of its original selling points: getting more small businesses to offer insurance to employees. The government-run marketplace was expected to cover 155,000 people in small group plans by next year. That number was 1,405 earlier this month. Insurance agents who connect small firms with coverage say several factors are at play, including a MNsure system they call slow and cumbersome. Steps that still can’t be done online are burdensome.

  • With a divided 2015 Legislature, here's what was -- and wasn't -- accomplished

    May 25, 2015

    Minnesotans chose divided government in last year’s election, giving Gov. Mark Dayton a second term while flipping control of the House to Republicans. And division is what they got. Some thought a projected $1.9 billion surplus would make for smooth sailing, but the extra money created a fierce debate about what to do with it. Democrats would spend most of it on schools, while Republicans would give tax cuts. It’s a debate still not settled, and a special session looms. The Issues: What happened (and didn't) http://www....

  • Malaysia says jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves

    May 25, 2015

    WANG KELIAN, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities said Monday a cluster of abandoned jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves as well as barbed-wire pens likely used to cage migrants, shedding more light on a regional trade that preyed on some of Southeast Asia's most desperate people. National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said forensics experts were exhuming the suspected graves found at 28 vacated camps in the hilly jungle area on the border with Thailand where trafficking syndicates were known to operate....

  • Boaters, anglers, hunters could face many changes if bill vetoed by Dayton is approved in special session

    May 25, 2015

    Boaters, anglers, hunters, target shooters, ATV riders, trappers and other outdoor enthusiasts will have to wait to see how they are affected by a wide-ranging bill passed last week by the Legislature. That bill was vetoed Saturday by Gov. Mark Dayton, proving again the power of the pen in influencing activities in the state’s woods, waters, fields and trails. None of these provisions is in dispute, and they are likely to be included in a reconsidered bill and signed by Gov. Dayton. Assuming that holds, the following changes will be in...

  • Can a pill be as effective as surgery?

    May 25, 2015

    Every year, 300,000 Americans with appendicitis are rushed into emergency surgery. Most are told that if the appendix is not immediately removed, it will burst — with potentially fatal consequences. But now some doctors say there may another option: antibiotics. Five small studies from Europe, involving a total of 1,000 patients, indicate that antibiotics can cure some patients with appendicitis; about 70 percent of those who took the pills did not require surgery. Those who wound up having an appendectomy after trying antibiotics first did...

  • How One U.S. President Became a Native Advocate

    May 25, 2015

    Old tribal leaders will sometimes volunteer that the best time for Indian governments was during the Nixon administration. Richard M. Nixon, in his July 1970 address to Congress, asked Congress to honor Indian treaties, strengthen tribal governments, allow tribes to subcontract federal programs, and invite tribal communities to engage in decision making over their own futures. Nixon’s policy change toward tribal self-determination was a landmark initiative in Indian policy, and has characterized federal policy ever since. Many observers find...

  • Judge OKs sale of fancy cars seized in money laundering scheme

    May 25, 2015

    A federal judge has given the Secret Service a green light to sell more than $2.4 million worth of luxury cars seized during the probe of a Kenosha-based international money laundering scheme involving identity theft and the export of hundreds of pricey vehicles to China, according to newly filed federal court records. The order by U.S. District Court Judge J.P. Stadtmueller is the latest development in the case, in which straw buyers purchased and exported more than 400 luxury cars worth nearly $30 million to China and Korea. The Milwaukee...

  • Homicide by Police

    May 25, 2015

    WILLOW CREEK, CALIFORNIA — Several cases involving police use of deadly force have received widespread scrutiny during the last year: the July 17 strangling death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York; the August 9 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; the April 4 shooting in the back of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina; and the recent beating death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Eyewitness testimonies, video evidence and street protests have made these deaths into a matter of national outrage. But the...

  • Kevin Hill (Muscogee Creek) is First Jaguar Pitcher to Record 10 Wins in a Season

    May 25, 2015

    TROY, ALABAMA – University of South Alabama right-hander Kevin Hill (Musocgee Creek Nation) was named the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year and head coach Mark Calvi earned the Sun Belt Conference Ron Maestri Coach of the Year, as announced by the league at Family Fun Night Tuesday at Riddle-Pace Field. Hill (10-0) is just the second Jaguar to earn the award, and the first since P.J. Walters earned co-pitcher-of-the-year honors in 2006.

  • The heartbreaking story of Chris Moon: Baseball prospect turned war hero

    May 25, 2015

    TUCSON, Ariz. – On a perch overlooking the pristine baseball diamonds of Cherry Field is the prospective site of a memorial dedicated to one of the finest athletes Tucson has ever known. Chris Moon was a pitcher who threw more than 90 mph and a center fielder who could throw out a base runner with precision. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the late rounds of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft, but instead accepted a partial scholarship to his dream school, the University of Arizona.

  • Missing & Murdered Unsolved cases of Indigenous Women & Girls

    May 25, 2015

    Missing & Murdered Unsolved cases of Indigenous Women & Girls CBC News has investigated the unsolved cases of missing and murdered indigenous women across Canada over the last six decades. Here are the stories of about 230 women, including comments from more than 100 family members. We need your help to expand this database and add more information, and we will update it regularly.

  • Simone Sanderson's family plans vigil for 23-year-old killed in North End

    May 25, 2015

    More than two years have passed since 23-year-old Simone Sanderson was killed, and still her family is waiting for answers about what happened to her. The woman was found dead near a lot at the corner of Burrows Avenue and Main Street in September 2012. Days later, Winnipeg police declared her death a homicide. Since then, they've released few details about what happened to her.

  • American Indians Serve in the U.S. Military in Greater Numbers Than Any Ethnic Group and Have Since the Revolution

    May 25, 2015

    On this Memorial Day holiday, as we remember those who have given their lives in service to our country while protecting the freedoms and ideals we hold dear, many of our fellow Americans remain unaware of the major contributions Native Americans have made to our nation's armed forces. In fact, American Indians serve in their country's armed forces in greater numbers per capita than any other ethnic group, and they have served with distinction in every major conflict for over 200 years. Best known are the Native American Code Talkers who...

  • Study suggests link between domestic violence and obesity in Native children

    May 25, 2015

    Young Alaska Native children are far more likely to be obese than their non-Native counterparts, and family strife is a major factor that puts those young children at risk for obesity, a new study finds. Among Alaska Native 3-year-olds, 42.2 percent were found to be obese, compared to 24.9 percent of all Alaska 3-year-olds, said the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE. Obesity rates for these young children were highest in the north and southwest parts of the state; 51.6 percent of Alaska Native 3-year-olds in those regions were found to...

  • Rosebud Reservation: A Hard Struggle, the Courage to Act

    May 25, 2015

    The Rosebud Reservation has been in the news because of the death of a resident from a pack of dogs, and recently the Rosebud Tribal Council ousted the chair with a resolution saying he can’t run for public office again. Also, the very high rate of youth suicide attempts has been reported and the usual stories about poverty, unemployment, and alcohol problems are in abundance. Day four of the Viewpoint University Journey was in Mission, South Dakota, one of the major towns on the Rosebud Reservation. Read More: Rosebud Reservation: Feral...

  • 4 Chippewa Cree council members sworn in

    May 25, 2015

    HAVRE (AP) – Four new members of the Chippewa Cree's governing council have been sworn in after waiting half a year for an appeal of the election results to end. The Havre Daily News reports state Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy, who lost in the election, objected to the results because an honorary tribal member was allowed to vote. Only full members may vote in a tribal election.

  • Tribe sues over drug 'misbranding'

    May 25, 2015

    Last month, the Cherokee Nation filed lawsuits against three pharmaceutical companies, alleging these companies “misbranded” drugs dispensed at the Redbird Smith Health Center in Sallisaw. The lawsuits were filed by Todd Hembree of Tahlequah and Curtis Bruehl of Edmond, attorneys for the Cherokee Nation.

  • Man accused of harassing Indian children gets new attorney

    May 25, 2015

    RAPID CITY, S.D. — A man accused of subjecting American Indian children to racial slurs and spraying them with beer during a late-January minor league hockey game in Rapid City is now being represented by a new attorney. Mike Butler of Sioux Falls takes over as defense attorney for Trace O'Connell, who had been represented by Patrick Duffy. Duffy died unexpectedly earlier this month. The 41-year-old O'Connell has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. A status hearing for the case is scheduled for Thursday in Rapid City....

  • Calgary judge denies Connie Oakes appeal bail application

    May 25, 2015

    CALGARY—A Calgary judge denied an appeal bail application from a Cree woman who says she was wrongfully convicted for murder. Justice Brian O’Ferrall issued the ruling against Connie Oakes’ appeal bail Friday afternoon. Her appeal bail hearing was held on May 19. Oakes was hoping to obtain bail so she could be with her 22 year-old son who is dying from cancer. A sobbing Oakes said she was devastated by the ruling.

  • Ontario First Nations demand a say over nuclear waste storage

    May 25, 2015

    First Nations in Northern Ontario say municipalities are opening their doors to the federal organization that is looking for a place to dump nuclear waste but most of the sites being proposed lie outside municipal boundaries on traditional treaty land. Isadore Day, the Lake Huron Regional Grand Chief, has written to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to ask her government to talk directly with First Nations and to “come to a fair and acceptable resolution” about the location of the $24-billion Deep Geological Repository for the waste generated...

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