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Dayton reverses course on health care rates; Scannell heads to court; AG sues two for-profit colleges

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Gov. Mark DaytonDayton wants health care rates sooner
    On Monday, the governor said he was not sure if MNsure should release the rates until the start of the next open-enrollment period on Nov. 15. The governor, who is seeking a second term, said the rates would only add to the political shots coming from his Republican critics. On Tuesday, he moved the date ahead.
  • Attorney General Lori SwansonState AG files suit against Globe/MSB
    "Going to college has long been a way for people to try to make a better life for themselves. The schools exploited this dream for some students, who are now saddled with debt," said Attorney General Swanson, in a statement.
  • Cook County Attorney's trial opens
    A 19-year-old testified against Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell at a district court in Duluth Tuesday, accusing the prosecutor of engaging in an inappropriate sexual relationship with her two summers ago when she was 17, and he was 46.
  • Bachmann for president again?
    In an interview yesterday with Real Clear Politics, the 6th District Republican congresswoman was quoted as expressing interest in once again seeking the Republican nomination. She walked that back somewhat today.
  • EPA administrator Gina McCarthyMinnesota backers praise EPA carbon rules
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency isn't holding any of its carbon emission rule hearings in Minnesota. So supporters of the rules held their own.
  • Injured during storms, BWCA campers rescued
    Mark Zup, owner of Zup's Fishing Resort and Canoe Outfitters on Lac La Croix Lake got a call around 3 a.m. Tuesday that two campers had been hit by downed trees in the BWCA. At first light, he jumped in a boat.
  • Flight MH17: US builds its case
    American analysts say they've verified several pieces of evidence that show pro-Russian separatist rebels shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, according to U.S. intelligence officials who briefed reporters Tuesday.
  • Somali lawmaker killed in drive-by shooting
    The Somali Islamic extremist militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack on Warsame, one of few women in Somalia's parliament and the first female legislator killed by the group.
  • Smoke plumeNew safety rules proposed to curb oil train fires
    The number of fires grows, and accident investigators have complained for decades that the cars are too easily punctured or ruptured, spilling their contents, when derailed.
  • Elizabeth Gilbert talks with MPR's Kerri MillerTalking Volumes: Elizabeth Gilbert
    Hear Kerri Miller's conversation with novelist Elizabeth Gilbert about her newest work, "The Signature of All Things."
  • Tossed off flight for tweeting
    A Minneapolis man and his two kids were thrown off a Southwest Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday because he tweeted his displeasure that the two kids weren't allowed to "priority board" with him.
  • High school lacrosse surges, as does injury worries
    Kids who play lacrosse will tell you there's lots of action. Now, there's an analysis of injuries sustained by high school lacrosse players that quantifies the risks.
  • Many obese kids don't know they're obese
    About 30 percent "misperceived" their weight status (underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese), according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

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