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MPR News Update for Aug. 18, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

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  • Autopsy: Six bullets struck Michael Brown
    A preliminary autopsy report commissioned by Brown's family indicates he was shot twice in the head. Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department will carry out its own autopsy as part of a civil rights investigation.
  • Horseback protest objects to pipeline route
    Winona LaDuke plans to ride the proposed route of Enbridge's Sandpiper pipeline, which would carry crude oil across northern Minnesota from North Dakota to Superior, Wis. The route comes too close to the state's most important wild rice beds, which are sacred to Minnesota's Indian tribes, she said.
  • Forecast: Maybe a kayak home this evening
    Scattered lines of heavy thunderstorms offer the potential for tropical downpours and flash floods.
  • Early morning fire heavily damages a Duluth landmark
    An early morning fire heavily damaged the historic Oliver Traphagen House, a Duluth landmark. Designed by one of the area's earliest significant architects, the three-story Victorian mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Listen: Could what's happening in Ferguson happen here?
    In Minneapolis, some civil rights advocates worry that long-standing tension between police and the African-American community could erupt along similar fault lines.
  • Surgeon named brigadier general in Minnesota National Guard
    Air Col. David Hamlar Jr., who co-directs the Craniofacial Skull Base Center at the University of Minnesota, becomes first African-American in state history to achieve that rank. He specializes in skull reconstruction and joined the 133rd Airlift Wing in 1995.
  • Injuries cloud Minnesota Lynx playoff hopes
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about several topics in local sports including the outlook for the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA playoffs, the quarterback situation for the Minnesota Vikings, and a new women's basketball coach hired at Macalester.
  • For food startups, incubators help dish up success
    Just as gym members share workout equipment, members of many food incubators share commercial kitchen space.
  • From today's Daily Circuit: The push for later school start times
    A growing number of high schools around the country are opting to start classes later. The changes are a response to studies that show teenagers' academic performance and health improve with later start times.

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