Duluth casino contract invalid; Redistricting bills; 50 years of spending

Interior Department calls Duluth’s casino contract invalid

Duluth News Tribune: “The city of Duluth’s efforts to hold on to a casino revenue-sharing agreement with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have been dealt another blow.”

Workers authorize strike at 8 Twin Cities hospitals

Star Tribune: “Workers at eight Twin Cities hospitals could be off their jobs later this month in a temporary strike over a new contract.”

$628K sought for redistricting costs

AP “The Minnesota court panel that settled the latest round of political redistricting is now being asked to cover more than $628,000 in legal bills for the Democrats, Republicans and citizens who joined the lawsuit.”

Mankato woman, 21, drowns in Blue Earth River

Mankato Free Press: “A woman and three of her friends got on their inner tubes, floated away from the sandy shores of Rapidan Dam Park and started what was going to be a lazy trip down the Blue Earth River on a warm May afternoon.”

Hegseth seeks Medicare, Social Security overhauls

MPR News: “Delegates to the state Republican convention will endorse a candidate for U.S. Senate later this week. MPR News is looking at what each of the candidates is proposing to do about the nation’s budget deficit.”

Duluth School Board begins laying off teachers

Duluth News Tribune: “Six non-tenured teachers were laid off Tuesday by the Duluth School Board in a 5-1 vote.The layoffs include four special education teachers, one English teacher and one social studies teacher.”

Engaging teens in pregnancy prevention may be paying off

MPR News: “In the sex education classes teens take in Minnesota schools, abstinence has been touted as the only 100 percent effective way to avoid pregnancy. But survey statistics don’t give abstinence the credit.”

Chisago Lakes fishing tournament goal? Kill the carp

Pioneer Press: “The Chisago Lakes Lions Club has a solution for the common carp that are muddying area waters: catch as many as you can, and kill them.”

Paul campaign lays out delegate strategy

Politico: “On a call with reporters this morning, Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton laid out the campaign’s strategy for winning delegates going forward and stressed that Paul’s supporters won’t cause problems at the Republican convention in Tampa this summer.”

Mystery donor gives $7 million to Coleman group

USA Today: “An anonymous donor gave $7 million to the American Action Network, a conservative group that spent millions to aid Republicans in the 2010 midterm congressional elections, according to tax returns the organization is filing with the Internal Revenue Service.”

Lawmakers react to end of session

KAAL: “Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and state legislators kept Minnesota under budget, adjourned on time, and without a government shutdown. But besides a Vikings stadium deal, lawmakers were quick to blame one another on a relatively slow session.”

Majority in poll: Retire Fighting Sioux nickname

Forum of Fargo Moorhead: “A month before the electoral showdown over the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname, a new statewide poll shows likely voters inclined toward allowing the university to retire the historic name and logo.”

Goodhue County Public Health building evacuated after OSHA complaint

Rochester Post Bulletin: “In an ironic development, Goodhue County officials have been forced to begin evacuating 21 employees from the Goodhue County Public Health building after receiving a list of health concerns from the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHA) in St. Paul.”

50 years of government spending, in 1 graph

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Planet Money: “Of each dollar the federal government spends, how much goes to health care? How much goes to defense? How much goes to other programs? And how has spending changed over time?”

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