MPR News Update for Dec. 8
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Good morning! Cloudy with occasional light snow in the a.m. Highs in the teens to mid-20s. Sorry, but we have some bad news (or good, depending on your love of winter): National Weather Service forecasts show some bitter cold descending on the state next week. | Forecast | Updraft weather blog
- Minnesota's changing: Here are key takeaways from new Census data
Minnesotans are getting older and more diverse, and many of us go to college. But racial disparities have only worsened since the 2008 recession, Census data show. | Life expectancy in U.S. drops for first time in decades, report finds
- Minneapolis council approves budget with $1.3M for more police officers
Before the vote, council members heard from opponents of the plan, who say the resources would be better spent on crime prevention. Council members tweaked the budget in the hopes of addressing those concerns. | St. Paul council votes to remove cops from complaint review board
- Standing Rock chair: Pipeline off treaty lands is OK, but climate change is the bigger issue
"If for the first time this nation can listen and hear us, they'll understand that this is about climate change," Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault said of the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest.
- Prince heirs urge appointment of new special administrator
The push for a new administrator comes after disputes between some family members and Bremer Trust over selling intellectual property assets of the estate. | Prince: His life and music
- Somali-Minnesotan lawmaker: DC cab driver threatened me
Ilhan Omar made history on Nov. 8 when she won a Minnesota House seat to become the nation's first Somali-American legislator. On Wednesday, she said she was the victim of Islamophobic hate. | SPLC: Minnesota had 34 incidents of hate in days after election
- Fact check: Trump's victory tour stump speech
The president-elect is giving speeches in swing states he won that hark back to his rallies during the campaign. NPR policy and political experts check the claims Trump is making on his victory tour. | Trumps picks for Small Business Administration and EPA
- Mental health care gets a boost from 21st Century Cures Act
Early intervention for treating psychosis and grants to train more psychologists and psychiatrists are just some of the ways the legislation would change mental health services.
- What legal recourse do victims of fake news stories have?
Fake news played a bigger role in this past presidential election than ever seen before. And sometimes it has had serious repercussions for real people and businesses.
- Best books of 2016 to give -- and receive: Nonfiction favorites
Our favorite nonfiction books of the year will make you laugh, cry and learn a lot about microbes. | Fiction favorites | Young adult | Children's and middle-grade faves | Best poetry collections
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