MPR News Update for Sept. 3, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015
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- U athletics official on leave amid complaints probe
University of Minnesota officials didn't detail the nature of the complaints but said Senior Associate Athletics Director Mike Ellis was asked to take "voluntary time off" during the investigation. | Last month: U athletic chief resigns
- GOP Rep. Kline won't run again for U.S. House
DFLers believe Kline's district may be competitive in 2016. Although Kline beat his opponents by large margins, President Obama won there in 2012 as did Sen. Al Franken in 2014.
- Kentucky clerk found in contempt for refusing to issue marriage licenses
Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk, has been defying court orders by refusing to hand out marriage licenses in protest of same-sex marriage. A judge ordered her taken into custody.
- Minnesota cops storing thousands of backlogged rape kits
Some 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies are holding 3,449 untested rape kits, according to data requested by MPR News. The kits are vital in collecting evidence in sexual assault cases.
- General Mills sells Green Giant, Le Sueur business
The Golden Valley-based food giant is selling its Green Giant and Le Sueur vegetable operations to B&G Foods Inc. for about $765 million in cash. | Business
- Woolly mammoth: Shearer saves hugely overgrown sheep
A sheep found in the wild in Australia had to undergo emergency shearing — 89 pounds, 3 ounces of wool was cut away. The sheep's weight reportedly dropped by half.
- Expect more? Empty shelves frustrate Target customers, execs
Target once downplayed its problems keeping stores stocked with merchandise. Target CEO Brian Cornell now says the empty shelves are a serious problem that must be solved.
- Photos: Humans of Creative Activities
Thousands of Minnesotans show off their skills every year at the State Fair's Creative Activities building. We want to introduce you to a few of them. | More State Fair stories
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