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Video on Demand - CBS Minnesota

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Video on Demand News, Sports, Weather, Traffic, and the Best of Minnesota
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Under MN Senate Passes Day Care Unionization Bill

 

I'm not very sure how I feel about this bill. In general, I think unions had a purpose when they were set in place, and every now and again, they may have nice perks, but I think they are somewhat outdated, and sometimes overdo things. I don't know the specifics on this union that will be started, but I have some preconcieved notions.

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Minn. Senate passes stripped-down gun bill

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Senate has approved scaled-back revisions to state gun laws that do not include an expansion of background checks for gun purchases.
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I am very happy that our state senate found a compromise on what seemed to be a very black and white issue. Many people let party preconceptions get in the way of finding middle ground and something to agree on. I'm proud to say that this state isn't so consumed with how the next election is going to run to the point that it gets in the way of what they think is right.

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Mariah Kieffer's comment, May 17, 2013 11:03 AM
Its nice to see bills like this pass! I agree! Minnesota is more concerned on making the people in this state feel safe, and not whether they are elected next term. After all shouldn't the people come first?
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CNN video on Facebook - CNN.com Video

CNN video on Facebook - CNN.com Video
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I liked this video. It shows how far we've come as a country in a relatively short period of time. Overcoming society's ideals and prejudices is not an easy feat. I really am proud and it doesn't surprise me that we've had many african american representatives in senate and one in the whitehouse.

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Ohio executes man who killed, raped 6-month-old

Ohio executes man who killed, raped 6-month-old | Govn't & Law | Scoop.it
Steve Smith, 46, was executed by lethal injection at the state prison in Lucasville in southern Ohio for the 1998 killing of his live-in girlfriend's daughter, Autumn Carter, in Mansfield.
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I have no words. none at all.

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Taylor Franklin's comment, May 1, 2013 9:17 PM
I am completely torn. I don't know if the fact that he was deeply sorry for his actions makes him being executed, wrong.
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Senate passes ‘puppy lemon’ legislation - Chicago Sun-Times

Senate passes ‘puppy lemon’ legislation - Chicago Sun-Times | Govn't & Law | Scoop.it
If the state protects consumers who unknowingly buy “lemon” cars, why shouldn’t the same safeguards exist when putting down big money on Fido, Murph or Fluffy at a pet store? State lawmakers took a serious look at that question Wednesday.
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I think this proposition definitely has its pros and cons. I understand why pet owners would back this, because there have been incidents when pets have been payed a hefty price for, and the sellers say they are in perfect health. the pet goes home, and it turns out they're maybe very sick. However, I get why pet stores wouldn't want it to pass. A pet may very well get sick after it was bought, and the new owners see this as a way to line their pockets.

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Even on mundane posturing bill, GOP divide plays out

Even on mundane posturing bill, GOP divide plays out | Govn't & Law | Scoop.it
  A seemingly mundane vote on Wednesday intended to help Republicans soften their image on the health care issue laid bare some of the still-raw divisions between the GOP’s pragmatists and the party’s more obstinate ideologues.
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This bill puts me on edge. Whenever you hear about health care, you think taxes. Before Obama was elected the first time, I didn't even know that there was anything wrong with the health care we had. Even with all the discussions still circling around this issue, I still don't understand all the consequences that might result from more or less insurance. Whenever I don't have enough information on a bill, I can't foresee the outcome. Without that, how is anyone supposed to know whether they support it?

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Obama’s Delicate Task at Bush Library Dedication

Obama’s Delicate Task at Bush Library Dedication | Govn't & Law | Scoop.it
As President Obama prepares to help dedicate the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Thursday, he embarks on an awkward ritual: delivering a generous historical judgment of the previous tenant of the Oval Office.
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It's always so awkward when you are forced to be nice to someone you disagree with. In the case of Obama and Bush, they've both made their feelings about each other known, so this must have been very difficult to show respect to one another as fellow leaders.

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Mariah Kieffer's comment, April 27, 2013 4:26 PM
I see it as being mature and civil with one another. They also kind of have to. If they didn't, imagine how publicized it would be. The presidents are showing good leader skills.
Camille Fawcett's comment, April 28, 2013 2:28 PM
Although Obama probably didn't have much of a choice on going, I have a lot of respect for him traveling to this and supporting it. Human behavior is so strange, and can be uncivil when we are around people who are the polar opposites. But I'm glad that it remained civil.
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Leaked FBI photos show Boston bomb evidence

Leaked FBI photos show Boston bomb evidence | Govn't & Law | Scoop.it
Nearly two days after the Boston Marathon bombing, investigators appear no closer to an arrest, but there is new information about the bombs used in the attack. CBS News special correspondent Jeff Glor reports.
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What kind of sick person makes a bomb and critically injures and kills people in the first place. Secondly, what is wrong in your brain to put NAILS in the bomb to intentionally try and hurt people more than it already would?! When they catch the person who did this, I hope they rot in jail for the rest of their life.

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Mariah Kieffer's comment, April 19, 2013 11:35 AM
I agree. There are some crazy people in this world. I mean the bomb already is doing so much damage, and adding nails to it just makes it so much worse. This person obviously has no sympathy for others. I think once they catch the person, the person deserves to die in jail living there for decades! they deserve a lifetime of prison, making them rot in jail.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 21, 2013 1:45 PM
Some interesting people out there! To say the least....
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CNN video on Facebook - CNN.com Video
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I found Margaret Thatcher to be very inspirational. She never saw reason to compromise. If you know what is right, why would you take anything but that? She was always firm in how she felt things should be done. She wasn't a politician because she was corrupt or greedy. She was a politician because she honestly wanted to better her country. She was always such a trailblazer, and I admire her greatly for her dealings in the cold war. I would highly reccommend the movie about her life as well with Merryl Streep.

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Meredith Boyce's comment, April 13, 2013 10:30 PM
Word. She was great and so inspirational. Like you say, I admire the fact the she solely wanted to better her country. She did't want to gain power but most likely peace.
Meredith Boyce's comment, April 13, 2013 10:30 PM
Word. She was great and so inspirational. Like you say, I admire the fact the she soley wanted to better her country. She did't want to gain power but most likely peace.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 14, 2013 3:39 PM
Nice story pick Taylor! Unfortunately, history doesn't treat strong and capable women too nicely.
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House committee votes in favor of pro-business cyber security bill

House committee votes in favor of pro-business cyber security bill | Govn't & Law | Scoop.it
A House panel voted overwhelmingly Wednesday in favor of a new data-sharing program that would give the federal government a broader role in helping banks, manufacturers and other businesses protect themselves against cyberattacks.
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I definitely think that cyber attacks are becoming more prevelant and more important as we become a techonologically centered country. Wikileaks is exhibit A of how dangerous hackers can be. I really don't feel as though I know enough about this bill to pass judgement on whether it is a good thing or a bad thing. The internet is becoming more dangerous, but I'm afraid of the government helping companies and corporations with these things. I don't know what all this might effect in the long run.

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In a Budget Gesture, Obama Will Return 5% of His Salary

In a Budget Gesture, Obama Will Return 5% of His Salary | Govn't & Law | Scoop.it
President Obama plans to return part of his salary to the Treasury in solidarity with federal workers who are going to be furloughed, an official said Wednesday.
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I'm really glad to see that Obama can literally put his money where his mouth is. It would be one thing to propose wage cuts in the whitehouse staff and not apply that to himself. That would be outrageous, but I can see it happening. I'm very proud that he didn't buy into the obvious double standard.

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Mariah Kieffer's comment, April 4, 2013 10:50 AM
I hope people that are so against Obama will some time see this. He is making somewhat of a change. He recently cut tours, and now his own pay. When the country is in bad condition people automatically blame the president and only him, but they got to remember its the entire congress. Obama gave up his own pay to help the countries debt out.
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Democrats Rally in a G.O.P. Stronghold

Democrats Rally in a G.O.P. Stronghold | Govn't & Law | Scoop.it
Sick of Republican dominance, Democrats are trying to get off the ground, with efforts like Battleground Texas, started by operatives from the Obama campaign.

Via Mariah Kieffer
Taylor Franklin's insight:

When I first started reading this article, I saw much of the stereotypical "Texan" being referenced. However, when the staggering numbers back the prejudice, maybe there is truth in it. According to the percentages, Texans can talk the talk, but they do NOT walk the walk. Only 43.6 percent of all the population of voting age actually vote. Less than 12% of Texans went to either democratic or republican primaries. I don't think that it is right that republicans go undefeated in terms of statewide races ever since 1996. This is only because the people feel that the state is already so red, it would be pointless for them to even try for blue. I do think that Texas should give republicans a little bit of challenge for the job they thought was an easy A.

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Meredith Boyce's curator insight, March 23, 2013 8:06 PM

haha I honestly don't think that Texas will ever turn blue. It is the bible belt and texans are stubborn, like myself! I have ethos to prove it :) if you don't know what ethos is you should look it up. But basically I think its a waste of time for them to have a rally in Texas. And if it does, then I will be very upset. There definitely are many democrats in Texas, but its almost like a needle in a haystack. 

Camille Fawcett's comment, March 24, 2013 1:49 AM
I think it would be very interesting to see how Texans will respond when the Democrats try to win them over. I do not see anything change anytime soon, but I think it'd also be interesting to see how the Democrats will try to approach Texans, being such a conservative and Republican state. I wonder how Texans will feel about this as well. Maybe a little angry? I guess we will just find out!
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 24, 2013 1:47 PM
A long shot, yes! However, there might be some counties in Texas that are turning "purple" and some definite blue areas, too! But yes, it is Texas.
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US government backtracks on graphic cigarette warnings - San Jose Mercury News

US government backtracks on graphic cigarette warnings - San Jose Mercury News | Govn't & Law | Scoop.it
US government backtracks on graphic cigarette warnings
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I can see how Cigarette companies may feel as though their right to speech, via advertising, is being regulated and controlled here. They are being limited on how much they can put on their packs because of the huge warning labels. I can also see how they could be using this as an excuse because the graphic warnings are scaring away customers. It is unconstitutional to keep anyone from their right to sell and maintain a business. If someone feels some kind of way about cigarettes, they have the right to advertise information about the dangers smoking poses, in ways that do NOT deter others' rights.

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US House panel to OK small food stamp cuts

US House panel to OK small food stamp cuts | Govn't & Law | Scoop.it
The House Agriculture Committee has begun work on a five-year farm bill that would make small cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program.
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I think a 3% cut in food stamps isn't a horrible thing overall to cut. It is mostly cutting the people who get automatically signed up when they enter into other programs. This keeps it available to those who go and physically sign up.

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Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, May 17, 2013 3:13 PM
I completely agree with Taylor. A cut on food stamps will only cut out the people who don't really need it.
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Attorneys: Holmes plans insanity plea in Aurora shootings

Attorneys: Holmes plans insanity plea in Aurora shootings | Govn't & Law | Scoop.it
Attorneys for Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes file intent to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity on behalf of their client.

Via Kaysee Beckstrom
Taylor Franklin's insight:

Holy cow! I remember talking about this freak when he first committed the crime. That was such a long time ago as far as a trial should be concerned. It's about time that the families of the passed get some justice served. 

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Mariah Kieffer's comment, May 12, 2013 11:44 AM
Thats crazy how long its been and now his trial is being brought up. I agree with Kaysee, he needs to be sent to jail. Yes this man is crazy, but he also is guilty. I dont think crazys should be treated better in jail and court. Either way this man deserves life in jail!
Camille Fawcett's comment, May 12, 2013 4:04 PM
This goes back to our debate we had about when people plead the insanity case. If they plead insanity, are they required to go through counseling and other stuff as well?
Brittany Turany's comment, May 12, 2013 6:22 PM
I also agree that the insanity plea is being overused. I feel in order to commit a crime like this you have to be somewhat insane, but I feel that doesn't excuse it. You can still be insane and know right from wrong. However, I would hope that prison would offer some sort of treatment for criminals.
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California Supreme Court wrestles with spousal rights case

California Supreme Court wrestles with spousal rights case | Govn't & Law | Scoop.it
Justices appear reluctant to take away San Jose resident Nancy Cejas right to press lawsuit over late husbands workplace death at a Peninsula construction company.
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I think people get very wrapped up in the romantics of marriage and sometimes forget the other side to it;it is a legal document. It's just as serious as a birth certificate or a passport. If you don't make sure it's valid, there could be some pretty big consequences, as this lady demonstrates. This man didn't make sure that his divorce was final before he married again, and in neglecting to do so, the "wife" had no right to sue when her husband died on the job.

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Couple sentenced for stealing GM trade secrets

Couple sentenced for stealing GM trade secrets | Govn't & Law | Scoop.it
The defendant, Shanshan Du, 54, was sentenced alongside her husband, Yu Qin, 52, of Troy, who received a three year prison sentence along with a $25,000 fine for his role in the scheme.
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I'm very happy that these two are facing charges. They deserve it. They thought they were going to make some serious money. Honestly, how stupid do you have to be to think that you could steal trade secrets from one of the biggest and most powerful car dealers in america and get away with it? Let alone trying to sell it to another company in china! For pete's sake people.

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CNN video on Facebook - CNN.com Video
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She may be a very good actor, but I think she's being sincere. I think it would be mortifying to have been tried and convicted for a crime you didn't commit. Now, she's going to be re-tried by request of the Italian justice system. It makes me sick to see that people called her the devil. It also scares me that innocent people still go to jail.

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I found this video helpful. Its very hard to find a 2nd amendment video free of slanting and bias. I didn't understand for the life of me how the 2nd amendment was so open-ended and vague. Now I do, it's that way because that's what was put in place. Supreme court put in the government's ability to control unusual weapons, and I think this is where much of the debate gets its foothold.

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Senate OKs higher ed bill to tackle tuition rates

Senate OKs higher ed bill to tackle tuition rates | Govn't & Law | Scoop.it
ST. PAUL — The Senate passed its higher education budget on Wednesday, a $2.8 billion package that aims to hold down tuition and make public universities and colleges more accountable to the state.
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I LOVE THIS IDEA because it increases the amount of money given to low-middle class people pursuing their education! So basically less debt for us. I really love that fact that its happening in St. Paul! right here in minnesota. That makes me feel like there might actually be some change going on about these redic college costs

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Katie Witt's curator insight, February 6, 2014 9:29 AM

we are going to college next year and to see that they are doing this is great!

Shelby Ann123's comment, February 6, 2014 11:53 AM
This would be great for college students in the state, it would make it easier to afford going to college. The less debts I have to worry about with going to college the better i feel about going.
MsHaeussinger's comment, February 9, 2014 11:37 AM
Great story, but very outdated! You need to find more recent stories
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Senators’ Group Reaches Deal on Immigration

Senators’ Group Reaches Deal on Immigration | Govn't & Law | Scoop.it
The legislation would require tough border measures to be in place before illegal immigrants could take the first steps to become American citizens.
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Senate has agreed upon a bill that started out as a request to put more boundaries in place between illegal immigrants and citizenship. However, through many amendments, it turned into a bill for greater border protection, at a cost of 3 million dollars. I'm not sure where I stand on illegal immigrants, but I know I don't stand for another 3 million dollar project just thrown into the mounting pile of debt. 

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CNN video on Facebook - CNN.com Video
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when I clicked on this video, I thought it would show me the effects of bombs, radiation, etc. This video shows North Korea's possible targets. One of them is the UN meeting place, and the other would be where the Olympics will be held 6 years from now.

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Prosecutors: N.Y. Democrat tried to bribe way onto GOP mayoral ballot

New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested Tuesday morning on charges they schemed to fix the city's 2013 mayoral election through fraud and bribery, according to prosecutors.

Via Mariah Kieffer
Taylor Franklin's insight:

Whenever you have a government run by and for the people, corruption is unavoidable. People are always going to be looking for what is best for themselves, not necessarily what's best for their country. I'm very glad that these people were caught, but I'm afraid a lot of dishonest politics happen without any serious consequences. 

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Mariah Kieffer's curator insight, April 2, 2013 10:22 PM

Its sad to see a story like this. You would think that there is no way to be sneaky and bribe your way to an ballot. What I got confused on is why a Democrat would bribe to be put on the Repblican option. I am glad that this man was caught. People that can afford briberies/rich are as good as ones that cant afford it.

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Mitt Romney and Barack Obama's election campaign blunders - video

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama's presidential campaigns have been filled with various gaffes and blunders. In this video we look at some of our favourites

Via Meredith Boyce
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These are hysterical. I died when obama said he was "channeling his opponent." These do show the differences in each side from social and economic standpoints. Though the election is over, I saw how Romney wanted to raise taxes on people, which apparently are the same things as corporations. He also felt there was a safety net for the very poor, and he wasn't concerned about them. Obama wanted to outsource more products.

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Meredith Boyce's curator insight, April 2, 2013 10:18 PM

Whatever "side" your on these are funny gaffs. I really enjoy the time at 1:08. It made me laugh out loud when those people started booing! 

Meredith Boyce's comment, April 2, 2013 10:19 PM
oh and this shows how much GOOD campaigning you need to do to make up for your BAD campaignig!
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Video: President Obama Makes 1st Presidential Trip to Israel

Obama talks ties with Israel, nuclear war dangers with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Taylor Franklin's insight:

nuclear weapons scare me, and I'm sure many others, to death. We are only at the beginning with these issues, and right now, they are just threats. In just a few months, according to this video, Iran may have nuclear weapons well within reach. When the world starts fighting with these, there soon won't be a world left to fight for. Humans have always disagreed and warred with each other, but until now, we haven't had the ability to do irreversable damage to the earth and ourselves. I'm very glad that the U.S. has an ally in Israel. They serve as a sort of foothold to take aim at Iran. However, if this problem is dealth with, there will be many more to come. I just hope I don't live to see the day when these catastrophic claims turn into actions.

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Camille Fawcett's comment, March 24, 2013 1:40 AM
Humans are so stupid. I truly don't understand the reason why we need to have nuclear weapons. I am also with ya and glad we are allies with Israel. Definitely would be scary if we were enemies with them. Nuclear weapons truly scare me, and if this problem becomes any bigger I am going to be even more concerned, well obviously. This is a scary article to read!
Mariah Kieffer's comment, March 24, 2013 9:22 AM
I agree with both of you. Whenever i hear nuclear weapons I get a little scared. The fact that Irans nuclear weapon can reach Israel in just 10 mins is freaky. I personally think that Iran needs to stop spending money on nuclear weapons and more on their country. Nuclear weapons are unbelievably expensive, and a waste. I understand that they are for defense but think how much more money each country would be less in debt if they didnt make these terrible bombs
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 24, 2013 1:49 PM
Great find, Taylor! The U.S. and Israel have been allies since the nation's creation in 1948. I wouldn't be worried about a nuclear weapon hitting the U.S. but it is quite possible that Iran could use a nuclear weapon as leverage for gaining Palestinian rights in Israel. Perhaps this a good time for Israel and Palestine to reconcile and create separate nation-states?