MPR News Update for April 1, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
- Steel 'dumping' blamed for Iron Range layoffs
In the most recent case, U.S. Steel announced Tuesday that it would idle part of its taconite plant in Mountain Iron, Minn., starting on June 1. | NRCC targets Nolan on Minntac, Keetac layoffs
- Mpls. fire officials to boycott Indiana over 'freedom' law
Mayor Betsy Hodges also wants the City Council to forbid the use of city funds for official travel to Indiana to protest a new law there viewed as discriminatory against gay people. | Today's Question: Do you support a travel ban to states with 'religious freedom' laws?
- Tiny songbird tracked across 1,700 miles of open ocean
Scientists had long suspected that the blackpoll warbler made its journey to the Caribbean over the ocean. That notion has now been proven, according to a new study.
- Minnesota tees up golf license plates for sales this summer
It's the latest offering in a batch of dozens of specialty plates that act as state-sanctioned billboards and fundraising tools for various causes.
- University of North Dakota begins campaign to find nickname
The school's nickname committee will be accepting submissions beginning Wednesday until the end of the April. The names must be 25 characters or less.
- Engineer turned cabbie helps new refugees find their way
Omar Shekhey drives a cab at night, but during the day he runs the nonprofit Somali American Community Center, based in Clarkston, Ga.
- Listen: How the University of Minnesota handles sexual assault
While federal law requires universities to immediately address complaints of sexual harassment or assault, it provides little guidance on how to do so. | Education
- Book briefs: The best bookmobile ever?
Argentina takes the crown for most inventive bookmobile and Amazon puts readers to work finding the next big hit. | The Thread
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