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Thu, 5/28, 6:54pm (12 hours ago)
A federal grand jury indicted 41 people on two American Indian reservations in Minnesota for trafficking heroin methamphetamine, oxycodone and other drugs, according to Minnesota Public Radio. KARE 11 reports that Omar Sharif Beasley reportedly ran the drug ring in the Red Lake and White Earth Indian Reservations between April 2014 and April…
Wed, 5/27, 4:56pm (2 days ago)
The Obama administration closed a loophole in the Clean Water Act today, which restored federal protections to 51% of Minnesota’s streams. The bill aims to keep the nation’s drinking water supply clean.   The new rule will require business and landowners to obtain a permit if they pollute or destroy waters…
Wed, 5/27, 4:53pm (2 days ago)
Gov. Dayton signed into law an increase in the fine for texting while driving violations after the first incidence to $225,  according to Fox9. “Gov. Mark Dayton signed a transportation funding and policy bill into law on Friday that increases the penalty for second and subsequent violations of texting while driving to…
Tue, 5/26, 5:58pm (3 days ago)
By Youssef Rddad   Corrections (5/27/2015):  This blog originally stated that sponsored reaserch awards had increased by $741 million from 2013 to 2014.  That was the total amount of funds awarded in 2014.   As federal dollars decline for researchers due to increased competition, some researchers at the University of Minnesota are finding other…
Sat, 5/9, 3:22pm (3 weeks ago)
University of Minnesota Police are no longer investigating a reported sexual assault in Sanford Hall as a stranger sexual assault according to a public safety update from the police department.  According to the Star Tribune, University officials said the previously reported sexual assault case is now being considered a "student crisis…
Sun, 5/3, 11:57am (4 weeks ago)
Six Baltimore Police Department officers involved in the death of a suspect have been charged with crimes, the Baltimore Sun reported Friday. Friday’s charges come after days of protests — some of which turned violent –– in Baltimore after Freddie Gray, 25, died of a spinal cord injury while in police…
Thu, 4/30, 2:48am (4 weeks ago)
Two medical marijuana laboratories were approved by the Minnesota Department of Health to test the drug’s makeup, according to a department release Wednesday. Marijuana sales will begin in two months, the Star Tribune reported. The laboratories are housed in Maple Grove and St. Paul, the release said. Testing will check for THC and cannabidiol levels and for impurities including…
Mon, 4/27, 3:45pm (1 month ago)
Last week, the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program awarded grants to seven University of Minnesota seniors from and two recent graduates. The grants will pay for all of the recipients living and travel expenses for one academic year at a foreign University.   Seniors Erik Katovich, Tamara Marcus, and Julia Brekke will conduct…
Mon, 4/27, 1:01am (1 month ago)
The Republican controlled House is aiming to raise the threshold of the estate tax in Minnesota — from $1.2 million to $2 million— by the end of the year, according to Minnesota Public Radio. But many Democrats believe that the rollback of the tax will only benefit the richest in Minnesota…
Thu, 4/23, 7:10pm (1 month ago)
Two massive volcanic eruptions have forced more than 4,000 people from their homes in southern Chile, news sources report. After decades spent dormant, the Calbuco volcano sent a column of lava and ash several kilometers into the air Wednesday, the BBC reports, catching local officials by surprise. Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said there have been no…
Wed, 4/22, 3:22am (1 month ago)
The Supreme Court ruled that it is illegal for police officers to extend a traffic stop to wait for drug-detecting dogs on Tuesday, according to the New York Times.      In the case in question, Dennys Rodriguez was pulled over for a routine traffic stop before police made him wait for…
Wed, 4/22, 3:22am (1 month ago)
The Supreme Court ruled that it is illegal for police officers to extend a traffic stop to wait for drug-detecting dogs on Tuesday, according to the New York Times.      In the case in question, Dennys Rodriguez was pulled over for a routine traffic stop before police made him wait for…
Tue, 4/21, 5:25pm (1 month ago)
On the day before the convicted Boston Marathon bomber is scheduled to be sentenced, about 30,000 runners took part in the annual marathon Monday, two years after a deadly terrorist attack struck the race, news sources report.   Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa took the top men’s spot again this year, following up…
Fri, 4/17, 5:29pm (1 month ago)
A woman was shot Thursday evening by police in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Her family has disputed whether or not the woman was armed at the time she was shot, according to the Star Tribune[BF1] .   The woman, identified as Tania Harris, was shot twice in the abdomen by police, but is in stable condition, according…
Thu, 4/16, 11:41am (1 month ago)
The European Union accused Google on Wednesday of using its Internet monopoly to favor its own online shopping services and financially harm competitors, Reuters reports.   This comes after a five-year investigation of the American company by Europe’s past commissioner that could change online business rules, according to Reuters.'   Europe’s current commissioner,…
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