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A 35-county flood emergency; sewage systems stressed; a kayaker's daredevil plunge; Sufi love songs

Friday, June 20, 2014

  • 35-county flood emergency declaration
    The 25 inches of rain that has fallen through June 20 in Minnesota passes the previous record by 4 inches. Homes are flooded, roads are washed out, mudslides are opening up, and lawmakers are seeking federal assistance.
  • Rain causes sewage to spill into lakes, rivers
    Excessive rain water caused sewage system overflows and backups Thursday --- spilling some sewage into Lake Minnetonka bays, the Mississippi River, Medicine Lake and Bassett Creek in Plymouth, according to the Metropolitan Council.
  • Photos: Kayaker braves raging Minnehaha Falls
    Professional kayaker Hunt Jennings (backed by his professional safety team) took on the teeming waters of Minnehaha Falls Thursday evening, the same day Minnehaha Creek's water level reached an all-time record high, rising more than a foot and a half.
  • Is that legal?
    Hunt Jennings broke no laws and will not be cited, according to a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board spokeswoman. But that doesn't mean park officials are OK with what he did.
  • Sufi love songs anchored in Minnesota
    Encountering Pooja Goswami Pavan's voice for the first time is startling. It's a soaring sound, slipping between notes with ease, bending with exquisite control, the product of years of Hindustani vocal training that began when she was a child growing up in India.
  • 3 more charged in alleged Waseca attack plot
    Forty-year-old Michael Steven Jacobs is charged with illegally selling a handgun to the 17-year-old boy who's accused of plotting to kill his family and students at Waseca Junior and Senior High School. Two 17-year-olds are also charged.
  • Gov. Walker accused of illegal fundraising
    Newly released documents show prosecutors believe Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of a nationwide "criminal scheme" to illegally coordinate fundraising with outside conservative groups.
  • Heart of Beast's Sandy Spieler wins McKnight art prize
    Sandy Spieler, artistic director of In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and founder of the annual May Day Parade has won the McKnight Foundation's prestigious Distinguished Artist Award for 2014.
  • Schools questioning free speech for students in social media
    A former Rogers High School student is suing the Elk River School District. The case raises questions of how we define free speech for students in the digital age. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Richfield-based attorney Aimee Bissonette, who has advised schools across the country on their social media policies.
  • House backs limits on government spying
    House libertarians and liberals banded together for a surprise win in their fight against the secretive National Security Agency, securing support for new curbs on government spying a year after leaker Edward Snowden's disclosures about the bulk collection of millions of Americans' phone records.
  • Presbyterian assembly: Gay marriage is Christian
    In a separate policy change that takes effect at the end of this week's meeting, delegates voted to allow ministers to preside at gay weddings in states where the unions are legal and local congregational leaders approve. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage.
  • Kraft Foods recalls 260 cases of Velveeta
    Insufficient levels of sorbic acid has led to the recall of 260 cases of Velveeta original pasteurized recipe cheese product because it could cause the cheese product to spoil prematurely or cause food-borne illnesses.
  • Fat shaming: A new cry of pain
    On Tuesday, The Chronicle of Higher Education published a column by Rachel Fox titled "Too Fat to Be a Scientist?" Weeks ago, Fox earned her B.A. in biology from Wesleyan University. She has decided to leave science for reasons directly related to fat-shaming.
  • Police searching for armed, dangerous man traveling toward BWCA
    The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says 51-year old Todd Neil Triebold is a "predatory offender" who may be suicidal.

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