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Fencing in a prison; finding money for affordable housing; awaiting word on the Super Bowl

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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  • Minnesota Correction Facility in ShakopeeShakopee women's prison to finally get a fence
    The Shakopee prison houses more than 600 women, including nearly a hundred serving sentences for homicide. Amazingly, there's not much separating its grounds from the surrounding neighborhood right now -- just a small decorative hedge.
  • Eddie ChambersAdvocates for the homeless eye bonding bill funds
    Homeless service agencies across Minnesota are keeping watch for a slice of the $100 million state lawmakers set aside for affordable housing in this year's construction bonding bill.
  • Artist's rendering of Vikings stadium.Minnesota's Super Bowl bid: 6 things to know
    Minnesota is making its case to host the 2018 Super Bowl. NFL team owners are meeting in Atlanta this week to select a site for the game and the Vikings hope their new stadium will be a deciding factor.
  • Target store in AtlantaTarget fires president of Canadian operations
    The nation's third-largest retailer announced Tuesday that Mark Schindele, 45, who was senior vice president of merchandising operations, will now run the Canadian operation. The changes are effective immediately.
  • Stunning supercell caught on time-lapse video
    Talk about weather eye candy. This phenomenal time-lapse of a rotating supercell thunderstorm in Wyoming Sunday captures the rotating mesocyclone as it spins overhead near Newcastle in eastern Wyoming.
  • Receding water levelsHow lawmakers voted in environmental issues
    Money has been set aside to deal with White Bear Lake's water shortage issue, to beef up recycling goals for the Twin Cities metro, and to create a new research center for invasive species.
  • Eric KalerU of M criticized for bloated adminstration spending
    The university is among five public universities whose administrative spending has most outpaced spending on students and faculty, concludes the Institute for Policy Studies. University officials call the report "extremely flawed" and "misleading."
  • The Abbey Church, St. John's UniversityPressing for what the monks knew
    A lawsuit filed Monday accuses the Rev. Richard Eckroth of sexually abusing boys at a cabin in northern Minnesota. Internal documents show that Eckroth took more than 350 children to the cabin without their parents, but attorney Jeff Anderson said it's not clear how many of them may have been abused.
  • Judge gives lighter sentence to Mpls. gang member
    When Ashimiyu Alowonle walked into Hennepin County District Court on Monday, he knew he was going to prison. But Alowonle had no idea that he was about to narrowly escape a sentence of 18 years behind bars.
  • Judge suspends campaign cash limits
    The Minnesota branch of the Institute for Justice and four plaintiffs, including two current and former Minnesota lawmakers, used the Supreme Court's ruling in the McCutcheon case to argue that the state's limits on "special source" donations prevent free speech.
  • E-Cigarette vaporE-cigarette users may end up paying more for insurance
    Tobacco users often have to pay higher premiums for health insurance, and it's not clear if switching to e-cigarettes will help them escape that fate. A lot depends on what federal agencies decide.
  • The 'infinite weirdness' of the 9/11 Museum
    Steve Kandell of BuzzFeed lost his sister in the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings and decided to check out the museum. In particular, he gives a different sort of voice to the issue of the museum also being a cemetery. The remains of those unidentified in the rubble are housed in an off-limits-to-the-public section of the museum.
  • Is America rushing to embrace 'stupid'?
    Other nations are noticing that the people of the United States and science aren't on good terms, including Maclean's writer Jonathan Gatehouse, who asks if the most powerful nation on Earth has lost its mind?
  • In 'Fed Up,' obese kids face sugar-coated life
    Just who's to blame for the childhood obesity epidemic? Over the years, the finger has been pointed at parents, video games, Happy Meals and the hamburgers in the school cafeteria. A new documentary alleges it all boils down to a simple substance most of us consume every day: sugar.
  • Macklemore plays dress-up, lands in hot water
    Macklemore -- for reasons that will make sense to absolutely no one -- performed over the weekend while wearing a dark wig, big beard and fake hooked nose. We don't know what he was aiming for, but the effect looked an awful lot like a hoary old anti-Semitic Jewish caricature.

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