MPR News Update for July 2, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015
The latest Confederate flag controversy led NewsCut writer Bob Collins to wonder when the debate over Minnesota's state flag would reignite. It happened today.
- Fourth of July: Where to watch fireworks in Minnesota
Fireworks fans have plenty of options with Independence Day quickly approaching. Check out this collection of nearly three dozen options around the state. | Officials stress fireworks safety
- In Wisconsin, Obama raps Gov. Walker's policies, praises Minnesota
The president used a La Crosse speech to criticize Gov. Scott Walker's economic decisions and pitch his own overtime pay proposal. He also applauded Minnesota's economy.
- Reelz comes to the rescue of homeless Miss USA pageant
Details about how the Minnesota-owned cable and satellite channel acquired rights to broadcast the pageant, which is a joint venture between Donald Trump and NBD, haven't been released.
- BP to pay $18.7 billion to settle Gulf Coast oil spill claims
The agreement with the U.S. government, five Gulf Coast states and more than 400 local governments comes five years after the Deepwater Horizon spill. | Environment
- Sanders hammers GOP on inequality during speech in Minnesota
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders railed against the nation's income gaps on Thursday and told a Rochester crowd those gaps would worsen under the GOP. | Sanders campaigns in Minneapolis in May
- Former Sen. Jim Webb announces run for White House
Webb, 69, represented Virginia for a single term beginning in 2007. The Democrat says the country "needs a fresh approach to solving problems." | Election 2016
- Park board won't cover Lake Calhoun's name to honor Civil War dead
The Minneapolis board denied a commissioner's request to add a resolution to drape signs with black cloth and support the renaming of the lake.
- How to stay safe from lightning strikes
A National Weather Service meteorologist dispels myths and offers practical tips for staying safe during thunderstorms.
- 2 MN teachers win president's excellence award
The award comes with $10,000 that the honorees may use as they decide.
- Career breaks: How extended leave can be good for your career
Whether it's a month volunteering in South America, or two years taking pictures in Kazakhstan, Sherry Ott helps people take a career break.
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