ST. PAUL (AP) -- A central figure in the 2000 presidential recount, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, will spend a day in Minnesota next month talking about that race and raising money for Republican causes.
Minnesota Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, a friend of Harris since both Republicans were elected in 1998, said Monday that the Sept. 14 visit is part of a Midwestern swing with stops in Iowa and Michigan.
Public events are yet to be scheduled, but Harris is to headline two evening fund-raisers.
According to an invitation from the state Republican Party, one is a $2,500-per-person reception at the Metropolitan Club in Golden Valley. The other, put on by Kiffmeyer, includes a mix-and-mingle hour for those who pay $100 followed by a $50-a-person general reception at which Kiffmeyer and Harris plan speeches.
State to investigate
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Department of Health will check for groundwater contamination at a hog cooperative in Renville County that was penalized in June for violating air quality standards.
The latest public health assessment of ValAdCo was prompted by a request from the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a sister agency to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
The assessment will examine long-standing complaints about air-quality and, for the first time, the suspicions of local residents that the cooperative's lagoons are leaking into the groundwater.
Warning system would alert public to kidnappings
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A statewide warning system that publicizes kidnappings of children moments after they occur could be in place by the end of the year or early next year.
The Minnesota Broadcasters Association is developing the idea for the system, which would interrupt radio and television broadcasts to publicize the information.
"Clearly anything that can get the message out quickly and efficiently is something we should look into very seriously," said MBA president Jim Du Bois.
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, along with Wisconsin Attorney General James Doyle, is also developing the concept.
"For children who are killed in abductions, they are in greatest danger during the first two hours," Doyle said. "So the idea is to create a system in which we don't lose a minute."
According to a U.S. Justice Department study of children's abductions that ended in murder, 44 percent occurred within the first hour. By the third hour, 74 percent had been killed. Within 24 hours, 91 percent were dead.
Known as "The Amber Plan," the concept originated in Arlington, Texas, after the 1996 abduction, sexual assault and killing of 9-year old Amber Hagerman.
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