MPR News Update for Jan. 18
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Good morning! Sunny, with highs in the 30s. Welcome to January thaw time. That pretty much means it's not yet time to visit the Apostle Islands ice caves. It's not certain if or when that will happen this year, the National Park Service warns. | Forecast | Updraft weather blog
- Sunday liquor sales off to a fast start at Capitol
A House committee Tuesday gave lopsided approval to a measure that would lift the longtime state ban on Sunday liquor store sales. | 3 issues to watch this week at the Minnesota Legislature
- EPA critic to get sharp questions on industry ties as he vies to run agency
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has sparked controversy for his denial of climate science and his ties to fossil-fuel interests. Here's what to expect in Wednesday's confirmation hearing. | 5 things to listen for at the hearing with Trump's HHS nominee
- DeVos pledges not to undo public education, pushes choice
In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged Tuesday not to dismantle public education. | Trump pick to head Interior Department says climate change is not a hoax
- Dayton announces $350M in federal funds for water quality
"Through this landmark agreement, Minnesota will be better able to protect and improve our waters for our families, natural habitat, and our future," the governor said in a statement. | Environment
- Obama cuts short Chelsea Manning's prison sentence
Manning is more than six years into a 35-year sentence for leaking classified government and military documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Her sentence is now set to expire May 17.
- Dakota Access company seeks to block pipeline study
Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners asked U.S. District Judge James Boasberg on Tuesday to stop the Corps from publishing a notice in the Federal Register announcing the study. Boasberg scheduled a hearing for Wednesday. | FAQ: The Dakota Access pipeline and protest
- Gulf between richest and poorest wider than previously thought, Oxfam says
Last year, Oxfam said the world's richest 62 people had as much money as the poorest 3.6 billion. Turns out those numbers were wrong: The richest nine people had as much wealth as half the planet.
- This audiobook has a 166-person cast, including Nick Offerman and Susan Sarandon
George Saunders, a master of the short story, has written his first novel. The audiobook promises to be a star-studded spectacle. | The Thread
- Will Minnesota start running on Dunkin'?
The Massachusetts-based coffee and doughnut chain is planning to open dozens of stores in the state as it expands westward. | Business
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