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Byron students help with spring clean-up :: KTTC TV

Byron students help with spring clean-up :: KTTC TV | Gov & Law - Lauren Timm | Scoop.it
Byron students are rolling up their sleeves... to help clean up their community.
Lauren Timm's insight:
We did a great thing. Even though some people didn't want to help, I'm really glad they did.
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Drew Fuchs's curator insight, May 9, 2013 8:07 AM

This just shows how great of a thing we did as a school. We helping our community and its being noticed by the area. This just shows what a difference a school can make to a community and what the community could do back to the school.

khodge55's comment, May 9, 2013 9:44 AM
I like how we made it to scoop.it. I wonder who actually uploaded it to thus site. I really enjoyed this project and wish we had done it previous years aswell.
Lauren Timm's comment, May 9, 2013 10:41 PM
I'm so glad we all came together and helped out our community. So many people do not know that even the help of our students does so much for some of these places.

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VIDEO - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

Breaking news, weather and sports from KTTC TV and KTTC.com.
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Go Vanessa! This makes me really happy to see a classmate to be such a role model to other people. She is always working hard and it really pays off.

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khodge55's comment, May 14, 2013 7:57 PM
I absolutely love Vanessa! I am so happy to call her a teammate! It was an honor to talk about how great of a person she is on the news.
MsHaeussinger's comment, May 15, 2013 7:43 AM
Its always nice to see students in the news.
Drew Fuchs's comment, May 19, 2013 9:04 PM
It is pretty cool to see someone in our school get recognized in the area for excellence
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Some Minnesota senators went own way on marriage vote

Some Minnesota senators went own way on marriage vote | Gov & Law - Lauren Timm | Scoop.it
The capstone vote to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota put some state senators crossways with public opinion back home.
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Minnesota will become the first Midwest state to make same sex marriage legal. I think that this is just the start for many other states to legalize same sex marriage. The world is on its way to being a different place; for the good and the bad, but I am glad this change is a good one.

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UPDATE: Minn. Senate approves minimum wage bump :: KTTC TV

UPDATE: Minn. Senate approves minimum wage bump :: KTTC TV | Gov & Law - Lauren Timm | Scoop.it
Competing minimum wage bills are splitting Minnesota Democrats on an issue they consider a priority this legislative session.
Lauren Timm's insight:
I think this is great. The idea of raising the wage is will help the people who work for it and help them make a living.
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Drew Fuchs's comment, May 12, 2013 12:06 PM
I agree. I think it will be good and bad. For some business, smaller ones, it may be hard to make the adjustment but I think this will reduce the amount of families and people struggling to make a living.
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AKC-registered breeders raising dogs in 'miserable' conditions - TODAY.com

AKC-registered breeders raising dogs in 'miserable' conditions - TODAY.com | Gov & Law - Lauren Timm | Scoop.it
New accusations that one of the country's largest organizations dedicated to dogs, the American Kennel Club, isn't doing enough to...
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The American Kennel Club has recently not be doing enough to keep their breeders dog healthy. More than a few reports have shown that dogs, that were in fact AKC Certified, had major health issues. The question is, is this animal cruelty?

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MsHaeussinger's comment, May 2, 2013 11:07 AM
Animal rights are a state issue. Currently, Minnesota has very lax standards on breeder licensing and doesn't fund the animal protection agencies very well. There is a bill working its way through the house to remedy this problem.
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Next Steps on Military Sexual Assaults

Next Steps on Military Sexual Assaults | Gov & Law - Lauren Timm | Scoop.it
Addressing the underreported epidemic requires a credible prosecution system.
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I think that this article is very interesting. I also think that this should not be happening. For some of the most respected people in our country, you would think they would know better.

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The power of one wrong tweet

The power of one wrong tweet | Gov & Law - Lauren Timm | Scoop.it
Misinformation can spread quickly on Twitter, each retweet exposing it to wider audiences and even resulting in real world impacts.
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Earlier today there was a false tweet saying that there was an explosion at the white house and that the President was injured. Although this was a false statement, the stocks dropped drastically. I think that it is interesting to know that just something so small as a tweet can change the stock market so much.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 24, 2013 3:12 PM
Interesting how easily the stock market can sway before reports can be confirmed or denied.
khodge55's comment, April 25, 2013 2:23 PM
The internet is such a major part of all of our lives today. You have to make sure what you put online is true. Even though not all false tweets may be as big as the president becoming injured, I still believe that people need to watch what they put on social media sites.
Drew Fuchs's comment, April 28, 2013 12:53 PM
Everybody believes what people on the internet. That is one of the big flaws to our nation. I agree with Mckinna, people do need to watch what they say and where the put it. And people need to look at kind of resource you are using and if it's valid or not
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Republican lawmakers show their division on immigration reform

Republican lawmakers show their division on immigration reform | Gov & Law - Lauren Timm | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — The divide within the Republican Party over immigration reform was on full view Monday, as top party leaders made a case for overhauling the laws even as conservative senators argued that the Boston bombings showed the need to go...
Lauren Timm's insight:

Due to the Boston Bombings, there has been a lot of change for the immigration reform. Although the Boston Bombing have been a huge part of our news lately does not mean that every immigrant is going to bomb a city. It is very judgemental and ridiculous.

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Loved ones seek word on Boston runners after blast

Google is stepping in to help family and friends of Boston Marathon runners find their loved ones after explosions near the finish line.
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Google stepped into the fight earlier today at the Boston Marathon. Google set up the "Google Person Finder." This new application lets loved ones involved in the marathon type in information about themself. Then you are able to search for them to make sure they are okay. Prayers go out to all injured in this horrible blast.

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slecy81's comment, April 20, 2013 4:25 PM
I would be terrified if I was unable to figure out if my loved one was okay after the terrible bombing, and it was so nice that Google was able to help people to see if their loved ones were okay. This just shows how powerful Google and the internet can be in our generation, amazing!
Drew Fuchs's comment, April 20, 2013 10:59 PM
I think this isn't the right way to figure out the news. I think people and families should be called personally about a loved one passing away. It would be a better feeling, if there is one, to hear it from someone rather than the internet.
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Beyonce and Jay-Z's trip to Cuba was sanctioned

Beyonce and Jay-Z's trip to Cuba was sanctioned | Gov & Law - Lauren Timm | Scoop.it

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Thursday confirmed that Beyonce and Jay-Z's controversial trip to Cuba last week was indeed sanctioned.

Lauren Timm's insight:

All I want to know is how did they get clearence from the U.S. Department of Treasury? And what was the reason behind it? I guess I do not have much say in the matter, but it is not very fair to the rest of us American's that would never in a million years get to go to Cuba.

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Drew Fuchs's comment, April 14, 2013 11:11 AM
I don't think it right to let them go to Cuba only because they are celebrities. You shouldn't be able to just go there for a vacation. How they got cleared, I have no idea, but I don't think it was right to let them go.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 14, 2013 3:09 PM
Apparently they did meet with some dance groups and musical schools, therefore their trip could technically be sanctioned as "cultural"
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U.S. Postal Service backs down on ending Saturday mail delivery, saying Congress gave it no choice

U.S. Postal Service backs down on ending Saturday mail delivery, saying Congress gave it no choice | Gov & Law - Lauren Timm | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service says it will delay plans to cut Saturday mail delivery because Congress isn't allowing the change.

The Postal Service said in February that it planned to cut back in August to five-day-a-week deliveries for everything except packages, as a way to hold down losses.

But a statement Wednesday from agency's Board of Governors notes that Congress has passed a spending bill that continues the long-time prohibition against reducing delivery days.

As a result, the board says it believe that Congress "has left it with no choice but to delay implementation" of the five-day-a-week plan.

Lauren Timm's insight:

The government wants to shorten the number of days that you can send an receive mail. The post office is maintained by the executive branch. This could cause problems because people's mail will be later than it normally is.

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khodge55's comment, April 10, 2013 7:10 PM
I never knew about this plan to cut the mail day down to a five day week. I'm up for the idea. Yes, we would like to receive our new shirt we bought online or get our mail as soon as possible, but these people are working hard six days of the week. They deserve to have a nice two day break like many of us have. Sometimes I even forget to get the mail on Saturdays, so for me, this would not have bothered me one bit.
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$975M Vikings stadium unveiled

$975M Vikings stadium unveiled | Gov & Law - Lauren Timm | Scoop.it
The big question that lingered over fans was will this stadium have a
retractable roof or be open air. 
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Being an avid Minnesota Vikings fan, I am super excited to get this new stadium moving. I know that this seems like a vast amount of money, but the dome is used 300 days a year and so will the new stadium. This will all pay off in the long run.

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slecy81's comment, May 16, 2013 1:11 PM
Yayyyy Vikings! I think it will be exciting to see what it really looks like when they are all done. Ha, maybe we'll get a Superbowl to come here!
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Byron students help with spring clean-up :: KTTC TV

Byron students help with spring clean-up :: KTTC TV | Gov & Law - Lauren Timm | Scoop.it
Byron students are rolling up their sleeves... to help clean up their community.
Lauren Timm's insight:
We did a great thing. Even though some people didn't want to help, I'm really glad they did.
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Drew Fuchs's curator insight, May 9, 2013 8:07 AM

This just shows how great of a thing we did as a school. We helping our community and its being noticed by the area. This just shows what a difference a school can make to a community and what the community could do back to the school.

khodge55's comment, May 9, 2013 9:44 AM
I like how we made it to scoop.it. I wonder who actually uploaded it to thus site. I really enjoyed this project and wish we had done it previous years aswell.
Lauren Timm's comment, May 9, 2013 10:41 PM
I'm so glad we all came together and helped out our community. So many people do not know that even the help of our students does so much for some of these places.
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State Supreme Court Rules on Marijuana Dispensaries

State Supreme Court Rules on Marijuana Dispensaries | Gov & Law - Lauren Timm | Scoop.it
The California Supreme court delivers a blow to the state's medical marijuana dispensaries. Local cities and counties have outlawed and shut down most marijuana dispensaries. The high court gave them state power to do so.
Lauren Timm's insight:
I think even though it is becoming legal in many states, there should still be control over pot. From the article, it sounds like even medical marijuana is a problem.
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slecy81's comment, May 10, 2013 2:14 PM
I do not think that medical marijuana should be outlawed if it is for medical reasons and is helping people who needed. There should be control over it so it does not get out of control. In my opinion I think that marijuna will slowly become legal in many states, almost like alcohol, if it does not get abused. This is why I do not think medical marijuna should be outlawed.
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U.S. Will Appeal Order on Morning-After Pill

U.S. Will Appeal Order on Morning-After Pill | Gov & Law - Lauren Timm | Scoop.it
The Department of Justice said Wednesday that it will appeal a federal judge’s order to make the most common morning-after pill available without a prescription for all ages.
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This article talks about how they are trying to change the age in which you can get a Plan B pill and to make the pill over the counter. I think that some people under the age of 17 could find this pill useful, but then again they should think before they act.

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Minnesota Senate fights over clothing tax

Minnesota Senate fights over clothing tax | Gov & Law - Lauren Timm | Scoop.it
The DFL-controlled Senate will take up its $1.9 billion tax plan this afternoon in what we expect will be...
Lauren Timm's insight:

The new idea to put tax on clothing in Minnesota was debated last night. I think that this is not actually something that is needed, and I am not just saying that from a girl's stand point. For everyone, this could be a challenge. As if there are not already people in this state that cannot afford clothing regularly, now they have to pay extra. Also, the Mall of America was build in Minnesota due to the no clothing tax. Now what's that point?

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Michael Holm's curator insight, May 8, 2013 9:55 PM

I would not like having tax on clothing.  It would be a huge pain and it will make your everyday clothes more expensive.

Chelsi Rhodes's comment, May 19, 2013 11:24 AM
Although this would be an inconvenience for all of us, I think there could actually be a positive outcome... perhaps we could use the revenue to sponsor state parks, or to build a new stadium. One should always look at the positives!
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Charges against Mississippi ricin suspect dropped

Charges against Mississippi ricin suspect dropped | Gov & Law - Lauren Timm | Scoop.it
Charges against the Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and other officials were dropped, a U.S. attorney said.
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The charges were dropped Tueday for the man accused of sending the ricin letter to the President. He says that he was being framed and more investigations are being made to find the real criminal.

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DMC's 'Plan B' discussed Friday, to be introduced at Capitol Monday

DMC's 'Plan B' discussed Friday, to be introduced at Capitol Monday | Gov & Law - Lauren Timm | Scoop.it
After controversial statements earlier this week and revisions to
the plans, the Mayo DMC bill was scheduled to be heard in the Minnesota
Senate Taxes Committee today.
Lauren Timm's insight:

The Destination Medical Center bill for Mayo Clinic was scheduled to be heard in the Minnesota Senate Taxes Committee Friday. The hearing was canceled. Plans for the bill now propose that $150 million dollars will need to be donated from private investors and $60 million dollars from the local government. I think if this amount of money keeps changing, the entire thing should be put to rest all together.

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khodge55's comment, April 15, 2013 9:25 PM
I don't know why, but I think it's super strange to see something about Rochester, Minnesota on a website like this. To me it's so small, yet we have a HUGE hospital here.
Drew Fuchs's comment, April 20, 2013 11:01 PM
I think this needs to both be passed and put to rest. It's been on a roller coaster it seems, and maybe its time to go. Therefore, I agree with Lauren, but I also think it could be a big deal for Rochester.
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Arkansas Legislature: Panel Rejects Two Proposed Constitutional Amendments

LITTLE ROCK — Two proposed constitutional amendments already endorsed once by the legislative Joint Committee on Constitutional Amendments were rejected Monday after their sponsors proposed changes...
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I think that giving gifts to political campaigns, whether it is money or insight, should not be allowed. There is too much put into campaigns already, lets not make it worse. This extra change to the amendment was shot down Monday due to the sudden change.

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E! Online - Celebrity Blog, Celebrity Gossip News

E! Online - Celebrity Blog, Celebrity Gossip News | Gov & Law - Lauren Timm | Scoop.it

There's been a lot of hootin' an' hollerin' about  "Accidental Racist," his new song with LL Cool J, but the country star is standing by the controversial Southern anthem.

On Monday night, the 40-year-old singer took to Twitter to defend his Confederate flag-lovin' ditty. "So,as you buy this album,I hope it triggers emotions. I hope you feel joy,heartache,triumph,surprise; you laugh,cry,nudge someone beside you," he wrote.

"...I hope the album rocks you,soothes you,raises questions,answers,evokes feelings, all the way through until Officially Alive," he continued. "'Cause I wouldn't change a thing. This is a record meant to be FAR from easy listening. But fun. Like life. Have a ball, ya'll. love- brad"

So while Brad is "Caught somewhere between Southern pride and Southern blame," and LL just wants us to understand "what the world is really like when you're living in the hood," maybe the rest of us should just take a moment to remember it's 2013.

It's just a song though, y'all, so don't let it get your goose. But if you're a "son of the new South," Brad's new album Wheelhouse comes out Tuesday.

Well, I'll be!

Lauren Timm's insight:

Brad Paisley's new song about the south is controversial in the eyes of the native southerners. Paisley says, "it's accidentally racist". Paisley's co-artist LL Cool J is not offended at all.

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slecy81's comment, April 10, 2013 2:22 PM
Brad Paisley is able to do what he would like, if you have listened to his other songs you would know what I am saying. Every other artist songs don't agree with everyones views so why does this matter with Brad and LL? Good for them to go out of the box with their careers!
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 14, 2013 3:08 PM
PLEASE keep your ScoopIts to actual news that has relevance to our government or the majority of citizens.