The Minnesota Legislature session begins its second month Thursday, two days after lawmakers and Gov. Tim Pawlenty learn how big a budget deficit they really face; that is when the real work, with more serious controversy, begins. On Tuesday, Minnesota Management and Budget will release what is called a “budget forecast,” predictions about how state revenue and spending mesh.
A man accused of impersonating a lawyer in at least 10 states has been sentenced to more than four years in prison and ordered to repay more than $150,000 to clients around the country. A Bismarck jury convicted Howard O. Kieffer in April on charges of mail fraud and false statements.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin abruptly announced Friday she is resigning from office at the end of the month, a shocking move that rattled the Republican party but left open the possibility she would seek a run for the White House in 2012.
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