Before what will be his final session of the Minnesota Legislature — his final time trying to convince lawmakers to keep the University of Minnesota in their thoughts, prayers and budgets — Eric Kaler was asked for his perspective on a task he doesn’t seem to relish. The state’s only research university has an annual budget of $3.8 billion, of which 23.4 percent comes from tuition and 17.3 percent comes from the state. There is a close relationship between the generosity of the state and the cost of tuition. So every year, the university’s president — Kaler since 2011, Joan Gabel starting July 1 — comes to the state Capitol with the mission of reminding some and convincing others of the importance of the U of M’s mission, of what he termed “a treasure for the state of Minnesota.” “We deliver on what we promise to do,” Kaler said Wednesday while releasing the U of M’s list of budget requests. He claims the U … [Read more...] about In last pitch to Legislature, U prez Kaler asks for more funding, offers advice
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Produced by Clare Friedland, Lourdes Aguiar, Elena DiFiore and Shoshanah Wolfson [This story previously aired on July 15, 2017. It was updated on Dec. 29, 2018.] Matt Herren still struggles to make sense of what happened the night of Oct. 12, 2012, when his close friend, Ryan Poston, was killed. "I think about him every day," Herren said. "You don't think something like that is ever going to happen to someone you know." "Is there something I could've done that could've prevented that? And I know a lot of people in his life had to have felt the same way," Herren told "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant. How did things spiral so out of control between Ryan and his girlfriend, Shayna Hubers, that she shot him to death -- insisting it was to protect herself? "What was lost when your friend was shot and killed?" Van Sant asked Herren. "He's the type of person that you want in your life," he replied. "Not just a friend, but a loving son, a protective, adoring older brother." "He had … [Read more...] about New murder trial for Shayna Hubers: Why did she shoot Ryan Poston six times?
WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors have told defense lawyers in recent weeks that they are “tying up loose ends” in their investigation, providing the clearest clues yet that the long-running probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election may be coming to its climax, potentially in the next few weeks, according to multiple sources close to the matter.The new information about the state of Mueller’s investigation comes during a pivotal week when the special counsel’s prosecutors are planning to file memos about three of their most high profile defendants — former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen.A Flynn sentencing memo is due Tuesday and memos about Manafort and Cohen are slated for Friday. All three documents are expected to yield significant new details on what cooperation the three of … [Read more...] about Robert Mueller preparing end game for Russia investigation
After a six-month voyage from Earth, NASA's InSight Mars lander, streaking through space at some 12,300 mph, will slam into the thin Martian atmosphere Monday afternoon to begin a nail-biting six-and-a-half-minute descent to the surface, kicking off a billion-dollar mission to probe the red planet's hidden interior. "The goal of InSight is nothing less than to better understand the birth of the Earth, the birth of the planet we live on, and we're going to do that by going to Mars," said Principle Investigator Bruce Banerdt. On Earth, plate tectonics and the constantly churning mantle have altered the planet's deep interior, obscuring its history and evolution. But Mars is a smaller planet and much less active than Earth, retaining the "fingerprints" of those earlier processes. "By mapping out these boundaries, these various different sections of the inside of the planet, we can then understand better how the planet formed and how our planet got to be the way it is where we can actually … [Read more...] about NASA Mars lander on course for Monday touchdown
There were first-time voters and straight-ticket voters and some who, this go-around, switched sides. They went to the polls considering the caravan of migrants trudging across Mexico, their health insurance and their paychecks, an impotent Congress and the nation's poisonous political culture that has divided even families and friends along party lines.More than anything on this Election Day in America, in a midterm contest like no other before it, voters cast their ballots with one man in mind: President Donald Trump."I would have never thought this country would elect Donald Trump as president," said Kimball Blake, 61, a Knoxville, Tennessee, energy engineer who called Trump's presidency a "profound factor" in his decision to vote Democratic in his state's U.S. Senate race. "It got me out to vote this year, not that it usually takes that much motivation."Americans turned out in droves Tuesday — some lining up before the sun rose, some standing for hours or braving pouring rain … [Read more...] about Election Day presents a big test for Trumpism