by Tom Prichard ,
Hart Van Denburg, Minnesota Public Radio
Today on the MPR News Update, the leader of the NRA visits Minnesota, assigning blame for bike-car crashes, lagging gambling revenue for the new Vikings stadium, and a new twist for ALS patients.
GUN VIOLENCE: National Rifle Association president David Keene, visiting Minnesota, says he'd like lawmakers to pay more attention to treatment for violent, mentally ill people - rather than restricting access to guns.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Meanwhile, the plan for reducing gun violence that the White House will release this week includes 19 steps that don't require legislative action by Congress.
SEX TRAFFICKING: We start it off with a new Department of Public Safety report that outlines a vision for treating and sheltering youth victims of sex trafficking.
CASINO PROCEEDS: A federal appeals court has ruled against the city of Duluth in its long-running contract dispute with the Fond du Lac Band over the band's downtown casino.
BEWARE OF CYCLISTS AND DRIVERS: Minneapolis drivers and cyclists are both to blame in many bike/vehicle crashes, according to a new survey released by the city.
MNSCU CONTRACT: Faculty union reps for Minnesota's seven state universities have reached a tentative contract agreement with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities officials.
EDUCATION SPENDING: Early childhood education programs are the latest in a growing list of education spending proposals new DFL-controlled Legislature appears ready to consider this session.
OWNING THE AG BUDGET: The Rules Committee in the Minnesota House has rebuffed efforts to move oversight of the Agriculture Finance budget from the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee
LAGGING GAMBLING REVENUE: You might have thought the discussion of a new Vikings stadium at the Capitol was over. But the financing plan for the new stadium is off to a slow start and a House committee wants to know why.
WATCHING THE DEBT COLLECTORS: Attorney General Lori Swanson says debt collectors often file lawsuits with questionable evidence, and sometimes they target the wrong person. She wants stricter requirements for the process.
FORE! ASH BORERS: Minneapolis Parks forestry crews are cutting down hundreds of ash trees at the Fort Snelling Golf Club this week, the result of an emerald ash borer infestation found months ago.
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LIVING WITH ALS: In our 10th report following Bruce Kramer's journey with Lou Gehrig's disease, we hear about his reaction to the end of a drug trial in which he was participating.
PRINCE AT THE DAKOTA: Music fans have lately noticed a gaping hole in The Dakota's calendar of events. Now they know what's up: Prince is going to be playing a series of six events there this week.
PEDALING DOPE: In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong has finally come clean after years of bitter and forceful denials that he used performance enhancing drugs.
SPEAKING OF DOPE (THE OTHER KIND): A new analysis is challenging a report that suggests regular marijuana smoking during the teen years can lead to a long-term drop in IQ.