Park Rapids wildfire; Grand Forks drones; Minneapolis shooting; Rutherford's short stories
Thursday, May 16, 2013
- Wildfire near Park Rapids surrounded; residents may soon return to homes
The Green Valley Fire has burned about 7,100 acres, and threatened 50 homes in the area south of Park Rapids. In addition to the homes that burned, the fire has destroyed two commercial buildings and more than 40 other structures. The fire is now 65 percent contained.
- Drone aircraft help Grand Forks police fight crime
The unmanned aircraft are small enough to fit in the trunk of a squad car, and let officers search areas from a different perspective while saving time and money, but privacy advocates worry they might also make it easy for police to spy on people.
- Lack of information frustrates relatives of 2 men killed
The investigation continues into the deaths of two men and wounding of two Minneapolis police officers. Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau released new information, but grieving relatives of the dead men say they want to know more about what happened.
- Video: Gay rights pioneers Jack Baker and Michael McConnell predicted marriage victory in '70s
Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, two Minneapolis men who first fought for marriage equality in the 1970s, have kept a low profile this week. But decades ago on TV, they predicted this moment would come.
- Tax subsidies aimed at specific companies to encourage job creation
A jobs and economic development budget bill headed to the Minnesota Senate cuts the unemployment insurance tax for businesses, provides funding for job training and spends taxpayer money to jumpstart business expansion in the state.
- 'Smart rifle' decides when to shoot, rarely misses
A new rifle goes on sale on Wednesday, and it's not like any other. It uses lasers and computers to make shooters very accurate. A startup gun company in Texas developed the rifle, which is so effective that some in the shooting community say it should not be sold to the public.
- 6 confirmed dead in Texas tornadoes
A rash of tornadoes hit North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds homeless. The violent spring storm scattered bodies, flattened homes and threw trailers onto cars.
- Minnesota jobless rate falls; weekly US jobless aid claims rise
Minnesota's jobless rate fell to 5.3 percent last month even as employers trimmed payrolls by 11,400 jobs last month.
- American Airlines: Roller bags to the back of the line
The airline said Thursday that people carrying just a personal item that fits under the seat -- no rolling suitcases -- will be allowed to board before most other passengers.
- Ethan Rutherford's short stories about long trips
Short-story writer Ethan Rutherford's tales range from the voyage of a Confederate submarine to a science fiction saga about hunting for whales in the middle of a desert. Each of the stories in his debut collection "The Peripetetic Coffin" involve journeys which seldom end well.
- Crime lab accreditation bill appears dead for this legislative session
A conference committee at the state Legislature rejected a bill this week that would require accreditation for crime labs.
- Ill. oil refineries spur MN gas price rise
The temporary shutdown of two oil refineries in the Chicago area is putting pressure on gas prices in Minnesota.
- DNR collaring moose calves to study, protect species
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has started the second phase of its ambitious study to determine why the state's moose population is declining so rapidly. Last week, they began collaring newborn moose calves.
- Minn. primed to put firms on hook during lockouts
Minnesota lawmakers are primed to adopt legislation giving idled workers longer-lasting jobless benefits when locked out by their companies in labor fights.
- Ex-archdiocese employee pleads guilty
The former head of accounting accused of stealing more than $670,000 from the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis has pleaded guilty to theft and filing a false tax return.
- Lawmakers end push to open voting early
Minnesota Democrats are giving up for the year on a push to change election law so people could start voting weeks before Election Day.
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