While the Tennessee Legislature was slashing programs and laying off 700 state employees to close a budget gap last week, Gov. Phil Bredesen was touring a manufacturing company in the Swiss village of Birr. From Switzerland, it was on to Germany and Poland for Bredesen, a two-term Democrat.
Southern Baptists leaders are asking followers to put aside squabbles over political and social issues and look inward at a time when the nation's largest Protestant denomination is hoping to stop declining membership.
Mayor Dave Bing hopes long-term solutions to Detroit's problems arise from the National Summit being held in the city, but said short-term financial help likely only will come from the federal government.