The Daily Digest 3-28-08

The Iraq war hit home in Minnesota in the past 24 hours in a variety of ways.

Another Minnesota soldier has been killed. MPR and most other news outlets have the story.

The family of a Minnesota contractor killed in Iraq met with the media Thursday. Here are the stories from the Star Tribune and MPR.

Another group of National Guard soldiers from Minnesota is preparing to go to Iraq. MPR’s Mark Zdechlik got an advance look at the deployment.

And there was a big protest against the war at the University of Minnesota Thursday. Here’s the MPR story.

Legislature

The state is $935 million short, so why is a bill moving in the Senate that would spend $2 million to study a new Vikings stadium? That’s what the governor wants to know anyway. Here’s the Pioneer Press story.

A health care bill is moving in the Senate, but its future is in doubt.

Lawmakers may ask the Legislative Auditor to look into what’s been going on in Attorney General Lori Swanson’s office.

I’m going to be talking to the chairs of the House and Senate tax committees at 11 on Midday, which is one reason I’m once again hurrying to get the Digest done. There’s lots to talk about, including their plans to eliminate the governor’s JOBZ program.

Mr Scheck will be back Monday and no doubt will provide a much more comprehensive roundup of the latest news.

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