ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura has declared eight southeastern Minnesota counties emergency areas and asked the federal government for money to help with their recovery.
The counties -- Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, Olmsted and Winona -- sustained nearly $6 million in damages as a result of flooding that began in mid-May.
Ventura is asking the federal government to cover 75 percent of the $5.9 million in damages, with the state paying 15 percent and local governments 10 percent.
Judge dismisses lawsuit over teaching of evolution
FARIBAULT (AP) -- A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a high school biology teacher who claimed the school district barred him from teaching about evolution because of his religion.
Faribault Senior High School science teacher Rod LeVake claimed a school official told him in 1998 that he could no longer teach biology because of a conflict between his Christian beliefs and the teaching of evolution.
He sued the district, arguing that he had no conflict with teaching evolution and only wanted students to be aware that not all scientists accept the theory. He asked for compensatory damages in excess of $50,000 and reinstatement as a biology teacher.
Rice County District Court Judge Bernard Borene dismissed the lawsuit Tuesday, saying LeVake neglected his teaching responsibilities by rushing through the curriculum on evolution.
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