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May snow; mapping frac sand mines; higher rents squeeze city dwellers

Thursday, May 2, 2013

  • May snow: Records broken, power out, roads choked
    Reports to the National Weather Service range from 13 inches of snow in Owatonna, to nearly 11 inches near Hayward, and 8.5 inches near Hastings. The Twin Cities largely escaped the storm that started late Wednesday.
  • Updraft: May snow sideswipes Minnesota
    Last night's last-minute eastward shift of about 30 miles spared the central Twin Cities from significant snowfall.
  • Why was the Fargo flood forecast off by so much?
    The Red River at Fargo crested today at a little more than 33 feet, about eight feet lower than what the National Weather Service forecast just two weeks ago. The NWS says it will review its forecasting process in the wake of the off-base prediction.
  • Mapped: More than 20 proposed frac sand facilities
    We've illustrated the current level of frac sand mining in Minnesota, based on data from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and several counties in the affected areas.
  • Tight rental market pushes people out of the Twin Cities
    The Twin Cities metro area is experiencing the lowest rental housing vacancy rate in about a decade. The tight market and rising rents are making it difficult for people to find cheap apartments.
  • Jobless aid claims fall to 5-year low
    The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to seasonally adjusted 324,000, the lowest since January 2008. The drop points to fewer layoffs and possibly more hiring.
  • Bomb suspect's friendship with 3 leads to charges
    Just hours before one of the Boston Marathon suspects and his brother allegedly gunned down a campus police officer, authorities say he exchanged a series of text messages with a friend who'd become suspicious after seeing what looked like a familiar face being flashed on television.
  • Lawmaker pay raise rests with committee
    A pay raise plan for Minnesota elected officials is a key point of difference as a House-Senate panel begins negotiations on a state agency budget bill.
  • Confederate flags yanked from VA hospital
    Veterans Affairs officials have once again removed two Confederate flags from a display at a VA hospital in the southwestern South Dakota city of Hot Springs.
  • Guantanamo hunger strikers are being force fed
    Almost two-thirds of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba are on a hunger strike. The Navy sent dozens of extra medics this week to care for them, and to force-feed some of them.
  • Obama administration will appeal Plan B ruling
    The Obama administration filed an appeal Wednesday of a U.S. district court ruling that ordered it to end all age restrictions on the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill. The move came a day after the Food and Drug Administration lowered the age for which the product can be purchased without a prescription from 17 to 15.
  • Senate backs Minn. tuition for immigrants' kids
    The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill that extends in-state public college tuition rates to children of people who are not in the country legally.
  • Child Victims Act passes Minn. House; still not done deal
    House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill that extends the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse to sue abusers and institutions that failed to protect them.
  • Minnesota Legislature shelves gun control bill for rest of the year
    Legislation calling for more gun background checks in Minnesota appears to be off the table for the year.
  • Minn. one of 3 states where computer glitches derail school tests
    School districts across several states are rescheduling high-stakes tests that judge student proficiency and even determine teachers' pay because of technical problems involving the test administrators' computer systems.
  • MN seeks dismissal of suits over DNR data breach
    The state of Minnesota has asked a federal judge to dismiss five lawsuits filed on behalf of several people who say their driver's license data was improperly accessed by a Department of Natural Resources employee.

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