News en U.S. House Democrats end sit-in over gun control By: <a href="/users/rfairclothmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Ryan Faircloth</a><br/><p>A more than 24-hour sit-in by U.S. House Democrats on chamber floors ended Thursday.</p> <p>The protest by Democratic legislators began around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to demand votes on gun control measures in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.</p> <p>Minnesota Reps. Keith Ellison, Rick Nolan and Betty McCollum, as well as Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, helped hold the floor to encourage voting on gun control bills to strengthen background checks and prevent people on the government&rsquo;s no-fly list from buying firearms.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nation Thu, 23 Jun 2016 23:49:01 +0000 115761 at Program targets teacher scarcities with loan relief By: <a href="/users/kbeckman" title="View User Profile">Kevin Beckman</a><br/><p><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">To address statewide teacher shortages, a new state program aims to incentivize educators with student loan assistance.</span></p> <p>The Minnesota Teacher Shortage Student Loan Repayment Program was crafted by the state legislature in 2015 and signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton. The program, created in part by Rep. Peggy Bennett, R-Albert Lea, and Sen. Vicki Jensen, DFL-Owatonna, provides loan forgiveness to individuals who have completed their licensure and are considering teaching in areas with teacher shortages.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Metro & State Student Debt Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:07:52 +0000 115746 at Dispute could close Cedar-Riverside mainstay By: <a href="/users/eschreibermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Eliana Schreiber</a><br/><p><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">A Cedar-Riverside favorite is in danger of closing in coming weeks over a landlord-tenant dispute.</span></p> <p>Afro Deli &mdash; a cultural hub and West Bank food staple &mdash; could close its Minneapolis location due to a settlement dispute with its landlord and overseer, the African Development Center.</p> <p>The dispute dates back to 2013, when ADC Founding Executive Director Hussein Samatar died and the board elected Nasibu Sareva, said Afro Deli Owner Abdirahman Kahin.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Metro & State Cedar-Riverside Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:06:24 +0000 115741 at Allina nurses’ strike calls for negotiations By: <a href="/users/kbeckman" title="View User Profile">Kevin Beckman</a><br/><p><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Thousands of Twin Cities nurses went on strike Sunday morning after negotiations with Allina Health broke down in early June following a deadlock over health insurance coverage.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>A group of about 4,800 nurses from Abbott Northwestern, Phillips Eye Institute, Mercy, United and Unity hospitals joined picket lines at 7 a.m. Sunday, many just coming off shifts at their respective hospitals. The pickets will last until Sunday, June 26, according to strike&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">organizers.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Metro & State Politics Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:05:30 +0000 115736 at Uncertainty mars special session bid By: <a href="/users/rfairclothmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Ryan Faircloth</a><br/><p><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Prospects for a special session of the state Legislature appear unlikely after Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers again traded blame for not reaching an agreement.</span></p> <p>With a failed compromise on a roughly $1 billion bonding bill and Dayton veto of a nearly $260 million tax bill, lawmakers continued to negotiate terms of a potential special session Tuesday.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Legislature Wed, 22 Jun 2016 03:58:52 +0000 115731 at From garden to island By: Sophia Vilensky and Joe Cristo<br/><p>While the Walker&rsquo;s yearly music festival, Rock the Garden, may not have had the Sculpture Garden as a backdrop this year, on Saturday the show went on &mdash; this time, at Boom Island Park.</p> <p>The sold-out show was headlined by The Flaming Lips and featured Plague Vendor, GRRRL PRTY, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, M. Ward, Poliça and Chance the Rapper. It seemed as if the whole city was there to enjoy a day of being serenaded in the sun.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Metro & State Wed, 22 Jun 2016 03:51:35 +0000 115716 at Eat this: food trucks By: Joe Cristo<br/><p>The food at Rock the Garden is almost as important as the music. Every year a bevy of vendors gather around the flock of hungry festival-goers delivering very specific, sometimes foreign food. This year, I decided to try six different food trucks and feature my top three favorites. It was definitely hard, but the best stuck out in my mind by balancing flavor and originality. Let me recommend a few.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Hot Indian Foods:</strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Metro & State Wed, 22 Jun 2016 03:48:53 +0000 115711 at Street style: A different kind of garden party By: Sophia Vilensky<br/><p>Festivals have become synonymous with a certain kind of wardrobe, but Minnesotan folks still have some originality left in them. In what could have been a crop-top wasteland, 14,000 people gathered to show the Coachella Valley how it&rsquo;s really done.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Rim Woldeslassie, 24</strong></p> <p>HR Coordinator for Post Consumer Brands</p> <p>What she wore: Urban Outfitters dress and&nbsp;</p> <p>earrings, Target shoes, Free People purse, sunglasses that friend&rsquo;s dad bid on for her at an auction</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Metro & State Wed, 22 Jun 2016 03:47:48 +0000 115706 at Green Line expansion report released By: Aaron Job<br/><p>Despite more than 250 businesses closing along the Green Line light rail corridor since 2009, overall employment in the areas has increased with the line&rsquo;s completion.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Metro & State Business Wed, 22 Jun 2016 03:46:06 +0000 115701 at New Opportunity Center nears its funding goal By: Raju Chaduvula<br/><p>To fight Cedar-Riverside unemployment, a community-based project is looking to gain more funding.</p> <p>The Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center is designed to provide career and job opportunities through training and accessibility and is aimed to target the neighborhood&rsquo;s staggering unemployment rate.</p> <p>The project was spearheaded by Ward 6 City Council Member Abdi Warsame nearly a year ago. The Cedar-Riverside area is composed mainly of immigrant communities, and has unique program needs, Warsame said.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Metro & State Wed, 22 Jun 2016 03:42:35 +0000 115696 at