MPR News Update for Aug. 27, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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- Douglas McAuthur McCain, a man with Minnesota ties, killed in Syria
The 33-year-old man was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official says.
- Increased security greets arriving University of Minnesota students
Students could also encounter rowdier Sundays when the Minnesota Vikings play at TCF Bank Stadium.
- LIVE | Today at the State Fair: Mark Seeley's annual State Fair Weather Quiz
Steven John hosts this traditional event with the author of the acclaimed "Minnesota Weather Almanac."
- Ford dump site along Mississippi: Should it be cleaned up?
Before hazardous waste laws existed, the auto manufacturer dumped paint waste and other material at the site near the Mississippi.
- Appetites: What's left to say about food at the State Fair? Plenty, it turns out
Every year James Norton gathers a crew of Heavy Table writers and photographers to run the gantlet of food at the Minnesota State Fair on the event's first morning.
- In northern Minnesota, a primeval land of the Lost 40
Legend has it, this land was spared the ax because surveyors mapped it mistakenly as a wetland. It still wears its name well.
- Minnesota personal care aides back statewide union
The new bargaining unit would be represented by the Service Employees International Union.
- Minnesota State Fair aims to be zero-waste event
With all the food waste generated at the fair, there is great potential for more composting. The main stumbling block will be all those plastic cups.
- ND oil regulators to add 3 pipeline inspectors
The North Dakota Department of Mineral Resource says it's adding three new pipeline inspector positions.
- Dayton calls for halt to Red River diversion, wants Minnesota review first
In a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gov. Mark Dayton said agency should not allow the project to proceed until Minnesota can complete an environmental impact statement.
- Train derails on Canada's border with ND, Minn.
The train was carrying unscented propane, prompting the evacuation of approximately 40 people who lived within 110 yards of the site.
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Mark Seeley talks weather with Steven John