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Evening Update from MPR News

Oct 28, 2017

Minnesota News for October 28, 2017

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Daily Update from MPR News

Oct 28, 2017

Minnesota News for October 28, 2017

Copyright 2017 MPR News. To see more, visit MPR News.

The man accused of detonating an explosive device during a traffic stop in Washington County pleaded not guilty to federal charges Friday.

A grand jury has indicted Jason Schaefer on three counts, including assault on a federal officer and using an explosive to commit a federal felony.

Police said Schaefer set off an improvised explosive device Oct. 11 when Oregon State Police and Washington County Sheriff's Office detectives attempted to stop his vehicle.

Undocumented immigrant mothers who seek prenatal care have healthier babies, according to a new study out of Oregon Health And Science University.

It may not be a surprise that more care translates into better health. But lead researcher Maria Rodriguez said Friday it wasn’t immediately obvious that undocumented women would always seek health care. In some cases, women may avoid hospitals if they they are worried about deportation.

Portland Wants Your Rundown RV

Oct 27, 2017

The Portland Bureau of Transportation says 17 people have signed up for the city’s first free RV disposal day.

The city is covering the cost of demolishing the donated vehicles, which can run up $1,500 per vehicle, in an effort to reduce the number of leaking and hazardous RVs that are abandoned or lived in on Portland’s streets.

The city has the capacity and funding to collect up to 28 unwanted RVs. Owners of unwanted RVs have until the end of the day Friday to make an appointment online.

The family that helped start the opioid crisis

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When President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, he pointed a finger directly at Mexico.

“An astonishing 90 percent of the heroin in America comes from south of the border,” he said, “where we will be building a wall which will greatly help with this problem.''

But the truth is that the opioid epidemic started here in the US. Back in 1995, a family owned-company called Purdue Pharma in Stamford, Connecticut, invented a pain-killer called OxyContin.

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek said the state Legislature will hire an outside consultant to review personnel policies after recent sexual harassment allegations in Salem.  

“We clearly need to do more,” Kotek said.

About 130 women who have worked in the Oregon Capitol — lawmakers, lobbyists and activists — joined the growing public conversation spurred by the sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

After 40 years, 'Never Mind the Bollocks'

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Oct. 28 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of "Never Mind the Bollocks" by British punk band the Sex Pistols, undoubtedly one of the most iconic — and controversial— albums ever made.

In early September, Hurricane Irma was barreling toward Miami. Veteran meteorologist John Morales was giving his forecast on South Florida’s local NBC affiliate, in front of angry red weather graphics.

“You are about to witness one of the worst hurricanes in the history of this country,” Morales told viewers. But in delivering such serious news, there was no hysteria. No hype. In his pinstripe suit and neat gray hair, Morales calmly told viewers to expect storm surges, heavy winds and the risk of tornadoes.

New security measures have gone into effect for all flights traveling to the US.

Airlines will be interviewing passengers at check-in and boarding gates all over the world to comply with new government requirements from the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA.

The new rules are expected to affect about 180 different airline companies — and the approximately 325,000 passengers that arrive in the US each day.

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In 1809, when the Haitian Revolution ended and Haiti became indpendent, thousands of white, free black and enslaved people fled to New Orleans, doubling the city's population in just a few months. Today, many New Orleanians, black and white, trace their ancestral roots to Haiti. 

On a recent Views and Brews at The Cactus Cafe, Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke talked about how to process tragedy through media in uncertain times.

You can listen to the full conversation here, but we wanted to bring you a bit of it on this week's edition of Two Guys on Your Head.


A man and a woman are dead after a fatal collision with an Amtrak Cascades train near Kelso, Washington. 

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office said the two people were killed after they drove their vehicle in front of the northbound passenger train around 9:30 a.m. Friday. 

The incident occurred at a private railway crossing near Horseshoe Estates. Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson said another vehicle in front of the struck car had safely crossed the tracks. He said the driver of that first vehicle was the mother of one of the deceased and witnessed the collision.

Evening Update from MPR News

Oct 27, 2017

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A meeting between state Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott over Confederate monuments on Capitol grounds ended with the governor expressing a desire to move forward with the removal of a controversial plaque from inside the Capitol, Johnson told The Texas Tribune.

Profiles of  Dai Thao (DFL), Pat Harris (DFL), Melvin Carter (DFL), Tom Goldstein (DFL), and Elizabeth Dickinson (Green Party).

Policast is our daily political podcast hosted by Mike Mulcahy. Subscribe right here on NPR One.


From Texas Standard.

The story of an undocumented 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy detained by Border Patrol agents after she underwent gallbladder surgery in Corpus Cristi this week has sparked outrage among immigration rights activists – and, frankly, way beyond.

A front page piece by the editorial board of the McAllen Monitor reads “Detainment of disabled child by Border Patrol should ‘shock us’ all.” Here’s the story.

From Texas Standard.

The federal government released some 2,800 documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Thursday. A team at the Dallas Morning News has been poring over the much-anticipated trove since their release.

Enterprise reporter David Tarrant, who leads the team, says the task of digging through the files kept reporters up late.

Wallowa County’s regional arts center is calling for submissions for a groundbreaking public work.

The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture is asking Plateau tribal artists to submit ideas for a new work to be placed in front of the center, in the town of Joseph.

Rich Wandschneider directs the center's Alvin M. Josephy Library.

“ Joseph did a streetscape project about 15 years ago," Wandschneider said, "and put up about a dozen bronze statues."

'OPB Politics Now': Sexual Harassment In Salem

Oct 27, 2017

 

The current nationwide discussion about sexual harassment that started with allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has spread far and wide, including to the Oregon Capital. State Sen. Sara Gelser accused fellow senator Jeff Kruse of touching her inappropriately. A second unnamed senator made a similar accusation, and Sen. Kruse was stripped of his committee assignments. We'll talk about the allegations, and more broadly about the culture of harassment in Salem.

Anna Griffin, Jim Pasero and Nkenge Harmon Johnson discuss some of the biggest news of the week.

 

ICE Pays To Use Oregon Jails Despite Sanctuary Laws

Oct 27, 2017

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The Week in Oregon Politics for Friday, October 27, 2017

Oct 27, 2017

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There’s no shortage of glam at a yearly Michigan fashion show where men, women and children glide down a runway while music booms in the background. But what sets this catwalk apart is the celebration of modest and “fly” looks. The models, wearing colorful headwraps or headscarves, are showcasing sleek and stylish clothes without showing skin. Near the runway, there’s a cacophony of color as vendors display fabrics, art and jewelry from around the world.

At dusk on Oct. 17, a helicopter hovers above a candle-dotted landscape at the convergence of two of Barcelona’s central arteries. A pair of bespectacled women in their 70s, their furrowed brows illuminated by their votives’ flickering flames, tilt their heads skyward and brandish their middle fingers at the craft, joining a chorus of some 200,000 protesters as they intone, “Fora les forces d'ocupació” (“Out with the occupation forces”).

Daily Update from MPR News

Oct 27, 2017

Minnesota News for October 27, 2017


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It has been more than eight years since the City of Austin bought a 20-acre property near the intersection of I-35 and St. Johns Avenue. The space used to house a Home Depot store. Today, the building sits vacant. 

Taylor Barnett, 24, hasn’t had a public library card since the 1990s, when she was growing up in Victoria, Texas. She would go frequently to the library with her grandparents, especially after they bought a computer with little idea of how to use it.

The Great Smog was a pollution calamity that killed 12,000 people in London over five days in December 1952. At the same time, serial killer John Reginald Christie was preying on vulnerable women in the city and killed at least six.

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