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Jury sides with Ventura; Flowers criticizes police; Waseca reacts to a judge's ruling

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • Jesse VenturaVentura wins $1.8M in defamation suit
    After days of deadlock, a jury has sided with former Gov. Jesse Ventura, finding that he was defamed in a book. The decision came just a day after the jury sent a note to court saying it could not reach a verdict.
  • Al Flowers thanked a roomful of supporters.Activists: Flowers' beating by police 'is not isolated'
    Al Flowers' face still shows signs he was involved in a violent confrontation. There are stitches over his right eye and staples in his scalp. "I'm a better fighter than this," he said. "I just got ambushed."
  • David LaDue,  John LaDue's fatherWaseca dad: Son is no killer
    A day after a Waseca County judge dismissed the most serious charges against a 17-year-old charged with planning to kill his family and as many students as he could at his high school, the boy's father said he doesn't believe his son would have carried out the plan.
  • Anna Rae Schunk1st-degree murder charges in Schunk killing
    Anarae Schunk's ex-boyfriend Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, 32, and his current girlfriend Ashley Marie Conrade, 24, each face one count of first degree murder and one count of second degree murder. The indictment supersedes the previous charges of second-degree murder.
  • Vehicles head south on Hwy. 53 next to the mineHighway 53: Expanding mine returns Minnesota to its road-moving ways
    It may seem crazy, to move an entire highway to the sake of a mine, but it's not as unusual as it sounds. On the Iron Range, there's a long history of moving roads - and entire towns --- to make way for mining.
  • Stadium interiorHow to make the Vikings stadium more bird-friendly
    Sharon Stiteler, who blogs at, joined MPR News' Tom Crann to discuss the concerns of the Audubon Society about the new Vikings stadium and possible solutions.
  • St. Paul stash house suspect pleads guilty
    Antonio Navarro and the three other men are accused of kidnapping and torturing two Minneapolis teens they suspected of stealing drugs and money from the house in a quiet St. Paul neighborhood.
  • Hyundai logoHyundai recalls 883K Sonatas
    The Korean automaker says the automatic transmission shift cable can separate from the shift lever. If that happens, the lever may not show the correct gear, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Q&A: Michelle Rhee on teacher tenure challenges
    In Vergara v. California, lawyers argued that the state's teacher tenure system hurts poor, minority students and a judge ruled that several relevant state laws violated students' right to an education as spelled out in California's Constitution. The Vergara ruling is already reverberating across the country. NPR spoke with Michelle Rhee, founder of StudentsFirst and a teacher tenure critic, aboutthe ruling.
  • Google logoGoogle founders: End the 40-hour work week
    "Most people like working, but they'd also like to have more time with their family or to pursue their own interests," said Google founder Larry Page. What would the impact be on the economy if that were the standard?
  • NYU dorm move-in4 tips to financially survive freshman year of college
    Karin Price Mueller joins The Daily Circuit to take your questions and offer advice to stay financially stable while in school.

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