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Summer heat: the persistent heat wave breaks records, the spirits

A heat wave that has already lasted for more than a week continues to bake the United States, Asia and even the Arctic. At least eight US states reached 100 degrees on Thursday, after 12 did so on Wednesday. Records keep falling. A city in the Russian Arctic has reached nearly 90 degrees. This early summer heat wave is more like August. Scientists say it has all the hallmarks of climate change. In Macon, Georgia, the temperature rose from 64 to 105 degrees on Wednesday, then hit 104, a new record, on Thursday.

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Minnesota Releases Draft Updated Gray Wolf Management Plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife managers say Minnesota’s gray wolf population is resilient and hardy, and they’ve released an updated draft plan to make it that way. The Ministry of Natural Resources on Thursday presented a master plan for the next 10 years to strengthen conservation and minimize conflicts between humans and predators. He calls for maintaining a statewide wolf population of 2,200 to 3,000. This aligns with recent estimates of around 2,700 and roughly since the late 1990s. The plan does not take a position on whether Minnesota should resume wolf hunting if removed from federal protection. .

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Feds release draft assessment that could doom Minnesota mine

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service released a draft environmental assessment to lay the groundwork for a proposed 20-year moratorium on copper-nickel mining above the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Area. . Officially, the proposal would “retire” about 352 square miles in the Rainy River watershed in the Upper National Forest around Ely from a new mining lease for 20 years. The plan threatens to doom Twin Metals’ proposed mine near Birch Lake, which empties into a river that flows into boundary waters. But that wouldn’t affect a separate project, the proposed PolyMet mine, which is in a different watershed.

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Jensen calls for tax cuts to help Minnesota deal with inflation

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen is calling for tax cuts and a crackdown on government spending and regulations to help Minnesotans deal with inflation. Although his plan lacked details on how he would get there, Jensen told reporters Thursday that his goal was to bring in about $4,000 to $5,000 for every family of four. Democratic Governor Tim Walz a day earlier renewed his call for one-time tax refund checks of $1,000 for individuals and $2,000 for couples to help them cope with high gas prices and others. Jensen and Republican legislative leaders are calling for permanent tax cuts instead.

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Feds want 25 years for Chauvin for violating Floyd’s rights

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin to a 25-year sentence for violating the rights of George Floyd, as well as the rights of a 14-year-old black boy who was retained in an unrelated case. Chauvin pleaded guilty in December to violating Floyd’s rights when he knelt on the black man’s neck during an arrest in May 2020. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson has already agreed to a deal plea, which provides for a sentence ranging from 20 to 25 years. Prosecutors say Chauvin should face the high end due to the severity of the crime and other reasons. Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter and is serving a 22½ year sentence.

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A black man found himself on the ground, imprisoned after a traffic stop

A black Mississippi man is appealing his conviction on charges stemming from a 2020 North Carolina traffic stop in which a white National Park Service officer took him to the ground for not putting his hands up behind the back while being searched. Marvin Minor, who was facing multiple charges, was sentenced to four months in prison by a magistrate after being found guilty on March 29 in a US district court. The appeal was filed on June 6, shortly before the end of Minor’s sentence. The call makes several references to the fact that the traffic stop involving Minor occurred two months after George Floyd was murdered by a white Minneapolis police officer.

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NASA: Give us back our moon dust and our cockroaches

BOSTON (AP) — NASA wants its moon dust and cockroaches back. The space agency asked Boston-based RR Auction to stop selling moon dust collected during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission that was then fed to cockroaches during an experiment to determine if the Lunar material contained some kind of pathogen that posed a threat to terrestrial life. NASA said in a letter to the auctioneer that it was still owned by the federal government. RR said Thursday that the hardware for the experiment was expected to sell for at least $400,000, but was pulled from the auction.


Ex-employee sues Minnesota Police Commission for discrimination

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former Minnesota board staffer who licenses police officers is suing the agency, alleging she suffered racial discrimination. Starr Suggs spent 28 years with the Commission on Standards and Training of Peace Officers. She told KSTP-TV the last straw came in February as a crowd gathered outside to protest the police killing of Amir Locke. The protest remained peaceful. But Suggs, the only black employee, said she was troubled by the reaction of her white colleagues. Her experience that day is now one of many incidents detailed in a legal action she filed against the POST Board last month.



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