MPR News Update for Dec. 18
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Good morning! 2014 is on pace to be the warmest year on record. As for today, expect a high of around 22. | Forecast
- More people enroll in health plans through MNsure, but private insurers have complaints
Although MNsure has seen more people apply for insurance, one insurance company representative complained that the agency has not provided it with data to enroll people in health plans. | Rate of uninsured adults in Minn. falls to record low
- Mall of America seeks to deter 'Black Lives Matter' demonstration
Mall officials want to stop a protest against police brutality planned at the mall on Saturday. Organizers say they expect 2,000 people.
- After working against embargo, Cargill welcomes Cuba news
Minnesota farm and business interests praised President Barack Obama's announcement of normalized relations with Cuba. But they said only ending the U.S. embargo of Cuba would bring real change. | Bachmann criticizes U.S.-Cuba shift
- Former Stillwater mayor charged with aiding tax fraud
Ken Harycki, who resigned last month, prepared false tax forms for two Minnesota brothers and their health care companies, prosecutors say.
- Arctic is warming twice as fast as anyplace else on Earth
Warming is winning in the Arctic. And researchers say the trend isn't letting up.
- Prosecutors: Fraud scheme cost public more than $4 million
A Fridley couple, with the help of two men, collected nearly $3.7 million in state payments they were not entitled to, prosecutors said.
- U.S. officials believe North Korea was behind Sony hack
The news comes hours after Sony said it will cancel the Christmas Day release of 'The Interview,' citing threats made by a group that has claimed responsibility for the hack.
- Photos: Santa's elves deliver Christmas cheer, trees
Brandon Johnson says many of colleagues in the tree industry plow snow in the winter, but that didn't appeal to him. So, in 2011, Santa's Tree Delivery was born.
- Chasing away the gray: Steel drums find a place in MN music culture
Steel drum music has spread across the globe from Trinidad to the University of Minnesota, where a teacher and her students are bringing the Caribbean sound to the frozen north. | Arts
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