MPR News Update for Feb. 28
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Good morning! Cloudy, with snow likely in west-central and northeastern Minnesota. Highs in the lower 30s north to mid-40s south. To infinity ... and beyond! Well, at least to the moon and beyond. SpaceX has announced that it plans to send two passengers on a mission beyond the moon in late 2018 | Forecast | Updraft weather blog
- Racist, anti-Semitic graffiti found in Lakeville South High School
The Lakeville school district says a student will face discipline for putting racist and anti-Semitic graffiti on bathroom stalls at Lakeville South High School.
- Minnesota GOP lawmakers poised to tap surplus for tax cuts
State officials their revised economic forecast and budget surplus estimate on Tuesday. Republican legislative leaders say whatever the surplus is now, they plan to pass significant tax cuts this year.
- Trump looks to refocus his presidency in address to Congress
The president's allies hope he will use a prime-time speech Tuesday to move beyond the distractions and self-inflicted wounds that have roiled the Trump White House. | Here's what to watch for when Trump addresses Congress | GOP looks to Trump's address to rally lawmakers around an Obamacare strategy
- Judge to hear arguments on Dakota Access oil pipeline work
A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday about whether to stop the final bit of construction on the disputed pipeline, perhaps just days before it could start moving oil. | FAQ: The Dakota Access pipeline and protest
- In religious freedom debate, 2 American values clash
A showdown may be coming on the meaning of religious freedom, and LGBT advocates fear anti-discrimination protections could be weakened as a result.
- Black Lives Matter finds 'renewed focus' 5 years after Trayvon Martin
From the death that sparked a hashtag that became a national movement, Black Lives Matter takes on a new urgency under President Trump. Co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors discusses what lies ahead.
- Dayton administration pushes ambitious renewable energy mandate
Minnesota would have to generate half its electricity from renewables by 2030 under a mandate proposed today by the Dayton administration, a doubling of the state's current renewable standard. | Environment
- What's the environmental footprint of a loaf of bread? Now we know
New research calculates the greenhouse gas emissions involved in making bread, from wheat field to bakery. The vast majority of emissions come from one step in the process: farming.
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