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U.S. House Democrats end sit-in over gun control

A more than 24-hour sit-in by U.S. House Democrats on chamber floors ended Thursday. 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. 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’s no-fly list from buying firearms.


University names newest Regents professor

The University of Minnesota announced the selection of its newest Regents professor Wednesday. Christopher Uggen, professor of sociology and law, was awarded with the school’s 100th Regents Professorship — the highest level of recognition given to faculty members by the University — for his achievements in criminology and law, adding to the list of awards and achievements he’s received.


School resource officers in MPS under scrutiny

In recent months, school police officers have been under scrutiny by local activists, who claim their presence hurts students. Last week, the Minneapolis City Council chose to extend a public school contract for school resource officers into next summer. The decision comes on the heels of a viral video, released late last month, showing the rough arrest of a 16-year-old at a St. Paul high school. Mica Grimm, a founder of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, said the incident shown in the video may make students feel less safe around SROs in their schools.


Uncertainty mars special session bid

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. 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. 


Summit tackles campus sexual violence

Minnesota campus officials and sexual assault advocacy groups met Thursday to discuss ways to address sexual violence on college campuses. With colleges and universities under enormous pressure to adequately address sexual violence on campus, representatives from 57 institutions statewide — including the University of Minnesota — gathered for the start of a two-day campus sexual violence prevention summit to listen to guest speakers and participate in skills-based workshops. The event is the first of its kind.


Facility spurs community health concerns

When Roxxanne O’Brien and her family moved within a mile of Northern Metal Recycling two years ago, they began to notice new health problems. O’Brien, who lives near North Lowry Avenue in Minneapolis, said she and her three kids have had more frequent headaches and respiratory problems since the move. She said it isn’t just her family that’s had health problems, either.


Minnesota campus officials discuss sexual violence, prevention

Minnesota campus officials and sexual assault advocacy groups met Thursday to discuss ways to address sexual violence on college campuses. With colleges and universities under enormous pressure to adequately address sexual violence on campus, representatives from 57 institutions statewide — including the University of Minnesota — gathered for the start of a two-day campus sexual violence prevention summit to listen to guest speakers and participate in skills-based workshops. The event is the first of its kind.


Luxury tower bid generates disagreement

Plans for a new condominium tower have divided residents and business owners of the St. Anthony Falls Historic District. Although the proposed 40-story luxury condominium project was denied by the Heritage Preservation Commission  last month mainly due to height concerns, a Minneapolis City Council committee will vote whether to override the commission’s decision — which was appealed by the project’s developer Alatus LLC — this week.  


Minneapolis strengthens transgender equity efforts

Officials have taken steps to cement transgender representation in Minneapolis by formalizing a commission that provides input on city matters — like gender-neutral bathrooms. Late last month, City Council members voted to solidify the Minneapolis Transgender Issues Work Group as a city commission. The group includes representatives from multiple city departments and a local LGBTQ rights organization, OutFront Minnesota. The effort was meant to ensure the group’s input regardless of future city leadership.



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