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States to chose new chief executives

WASHINGTON, April 1 (UPI) -- Of the 36 states where governors are being elected in 2002, the most competitive races likely will be in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Illinois, Massach
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SENATOR SAYS HE HAS MILD CASE OF MS
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Wellstone says he has MS

ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., has revealed he has multiple sclerosis, which affects his lower right leg.

Wellstone says he has MS

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Senate debates final education reform plan

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The Senate finished debate on education reform legislation Monday and is expected to approve the bill Tuesday.
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Selig puts baseball losses at $519 million

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Commissioner Allan "Bud" Selig told the House Judiciary Committee Thursday that Major League Baseball's is in financial trouble losing about $519 million last y
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UPI's Capital Comment for Nov. 20, 2001

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Capital Comment -- News notes, political rumors, and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world from United Press Intern
PETER ROFF, UPI National Political Analyst

UPI's Capital Comment for Nov. 16, 2001

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Stringer family plans to sue Vikings

Hatch threatens suit over Twins

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch is threatening to sue Major League Baseball on antitrust violations if owners go ahead with plans to fold the Minnesota Tw

Hatch threatens suit over Twins

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WAP2002102597-WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI)--Sen. Paul David Wellstone (D-MN) was killed, along with his wife and daughter, in a plane crash in Minnesota on Oct. 25, 2002. He is seen here speaking on campaign finance reform during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 20, 2001. jg/rlw/Roger L. Wollenberg UPI
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Paul David Wellstone (July 21, 1944 – October 25, 2002) was a two-term U.S. Senator from the state of Minnesota and member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, which is affiliated with the national Democratic Party. Before being elected to the Senate in 1990, he was a professor of political science at Carleton College. Wellstone was a progressive and a leading spokesman for the progressive wing of the national Democratic Party. He served in the Senate from 1991 until his death in a plane crash on 25 October 2002, 11 days before the US senate election in which he was running for a third term. His wife, Sheila, and daughter, Marcia, also died in the crash. They had two other grown children, David and Mark, who now co-chair the Wellstone Action nonprofit group.

Wellstone was born in Washington D.C. to Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants, Leon and Minnie Wellstone, and raised in Arlington, Virginia. Originally, his family name was Wexelstein, but his father changed the name to Wellstone in the 1930s when he encountered virulent anti-semitism. He attended Yorktown High School in Arlington. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) on a wrestling scholarship, graduating with a degree in political science in three years and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was an undefeated Atlantic Coast Conference champion in wrestling.

Wellstone married in 1963. In 1965 he earned his B.A. in Political Science; William Keech and Joel Schwartz served as his thesis advisers. Four years later he was awarded a Ph.D. in Political Science. Wellstone's 1969 doctoral dissertation at UNC was "Black Militants in the Ghetto: Why They Believe in Violence." Upon earning his Ph.D., Wellstone accepted a job as a Professor of Political Science at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he taught until his election to the Senate in 1990.

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