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Amid ND budget cuts, 173 state employees apply for buyout

Ten state agencies offered employee buyouts a few weeks before legislators set the final budgets for the 2017-19 biennium in late April. A draft letter provided by the governor's office at the time said the agencies anticipated workforce cuts to balance the budget. North Dakota lawmakers slashed general fund spending by almost a third this year — from $...

Farm groups express concern about White House budget proposal

The proposal would amount to $ 46.54 billion in cuts over 10 years, both in proposed law changes and reductions in discretionary funding at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The proposal also would cut the USDA workforce by 5,263 positions, or 5.5 percent overall. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, speaking in a conference with reporters, said Tuesday,...

Minnesota legislators expected to finish final part of $46 billion budget, with tax cuts, bonding bill

They are scheduled to vote on the five remaining bills needed to enact a $ 46 billion budget for the next two years, plus a nearly $ 1 billion bonding bill for public works projects and a labor-standards measure. "We're just wrapping up the little final, little $ 1 million pieces here or there," Senate Majority...

U.S. forces kill 7 suspected al-Qaida militants in new Yemen raid

The operation, led by a team of Navy SEALs and supported by an array of Special Operations forces, takes place as the Trump administration intensifies its counterterrorism operations in Yemen, where al-Qaida's most virulent offshoot is believed to be plotting attacks against the West. Shortly after taking office, President Donald Trump approved an earlier, controversial raid that resulted in...

Man fires 5 to 7 shots at another vehicle on Minnesota interstate

The motive is under investigation, though is not believed to be “road rage,” according to the State Patrol. A man reported he was at a stoplight at I-35E and Wheelock Parkway in St. Paul when another man approached his work vehicle and began yelling. The driver entered the southbound I-35E ramp, and the other man got into his minivan...

What happens when a spouse dies in the middle of a divorce?

I know because this happened to me. Two years after my husband and I separated - but before we reached a divorce settlement - he died of a heart attack at age 57. Overnight I went from almost-ex to widow. We had each moved on: He was living with his girlfriend, and I was happily dating. Nearly six years...

NFL shortens overtime to 10 minutes

The owners also voted to allow two players to return off the injured reserve list during the season instead of one and to eliminate the waves of preseason roster cuts and create one deadline to set a 53-man roster. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is also expected to inform owners that celebrations after touchdowns -- including group celebrations, using the...

WORLD OF WINE: Looking for a new wine to try? My latest taste-test results

The wines came from wineries in Argentina, Chile, Italy, Napa California and Spain. We had simple finger food to go along with the tasting: A couple of different hard cheeses, tasty spreads, along with a selection of fresh veggies and fruits. Copying a pattern I learned from other wine tastings by sommelier Jean Taylor, we started with a light...

970 WDAY On Demand: The Mike McFeely Show – Rep. Paul Marquart, MN Legislative Update, Robin Huebner, Manchester Terrorist Attack, Cindy Graffeo, New Strip Mall in Moorhead

The May 23, 2017 edition of The Mike McFeely Show. The show includes Rep. Paul Marquart with a Minnesota legislative update, WDAY News Anchor Robin Huebner on terrorist attack in Manchester, more talk on worker shortage and wage issues, Cindy Graffeo with Moorhead Economic Development Association on new strip mall in spot of old Tesoro station, listener phone calls, emails,...

Former CIA chief says he warned Moscow over election hacking

"It should be clear to everyone Russia brazenly interfered in our 2016 presidential election process and that they undertook these activities despite our strong protests and explicit warning that they do not do so," Brennan testified at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee. Brennan said he believed he was the first U.S. official to raise...
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