MPR News Update for Oct. 31, 2014
Friday, October 31, 2014
- Schools press voters for building cash as all-day kindergartens bulge
The Legislature's funding of all-day kindergarten means more students spending the entire day in school. Some districts say they've run out of space for them.
- Negative ads propel, repel votes in tight 8th District race
In the 8th District, Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan and Republican Stewart Mills have been targeted by television ads largely funded by groups that are not connected to the campaigns. | Minnesota House races to watch | Election 2014
- Listen: Salem witch trials a turning point for freedom of speech
Author Emerson Baker says the trials were a turning point for freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech in America. | MPR News Presents
- Free transit rides on tap for Election Day
The complementary rides are the result of a law passed earlier this year that's designed to increase voter participation. | Select a Candidate | Find your polling place | Election 2014
- Listen: Alt.Latino lays out sonic altar for Dia de los Muertos
Dia de los Muertos is a time for reflection on life. NPR's Alt.Latino marks the loss of people who've been loved and admired with music. | 25 things to do for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos in the Twin Cities
- Robbers in Halloween masks hit Little Canada bank
The men allegedly forced two employees to unlock the vault, telling them, "Don't be a hero; it's not your money." | Twin Cities
- A year of abundance for Minnesota's trails, parks
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources spent more than $8 million building new projects or rehabbing old ones this construction season.
- NHL star Vanek linked to gambling, money laundering
Thomas Vanek, who now plays for the Wild, isn't facing any charges and was not the target of a police investigation, the CBC reports.
- Space tourism rocket explodes over desert
A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Friday after taking off on a test flight, killing one person aboard and seriously injuring another.
- Protest against DC football team planned before Vikings game
When football fans arrive Sunday at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium for the Vikings game, they'll be greeted by a group of protesters from across the country.
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