AP-US-ELECTIONS-2022-WHAT TO WATCH
2022 deadlines: what to see in Georgia, Texas and elsewhere
ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia is in the lead in Tuesday’s primary election as Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger try to repel opponents backed by Donald Trump. Georgia’s Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green is testing Republican voters’ tolerance of disputes in their primaries. In the state of Alabama, three Republicans are fighting hard for a nomination to replace US Senator Richard Shelby, who is resigning. In Arkansas, former White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders is a favorite in the Republican nomination for governor. In two repeat rounds of Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton is trying to oust Land Commissioner George P. Bush, and Congressman Henry Quellar is facing a progressive rival.
THE BODY OF A BOY IN THE LUGGAGE
Police detained the woman after finding her 6-year-old son in the trunk
MOUND, Minn. (AP) – Authorities and family members said a 28-year-old woman was arrested after police found the body of her 6-year-old son in the trunk of her car in a Minneapolis suburb. Orono police said a woman and a man were arrested on suspicion of murder after the boy’s body was found on Friday. They have not yet been formally charged. When officers stopped the car in Moundy, Minnesota, they noticed blood inside the car. Police have not yet released details about the boy and the circumstances of his death. Family members said the boy’s father tried to obtain custody at the time of his death. In December, the boy was returned to his mother after almost a year of admission.
ANCIENT SKULL FOUND
A nearly 8,000-year-old skull has been found in the Minnesota River
REDWOOD FALLS, MINNESOTA (AP) – A partial skull nearly 8,000 years ago, found by two kayakers in a river last summer, will be returned to Indian officials in Minnesota. Renville County Sheriff Scott Gable said the bone was found after a drought caused the Minnesota River to drop near Sacred Heart, about 110 miles west of Minneapolis. A forensic anthropologist from the FBI determined that the skull probably belonged to a young man who lived between 5,500 and 6,000 BC. Gable wrote about the find on the department’s Facebook page on Wednesday, but deleted the post after Indian officials said posting photos of the skull was offensive to their culture.
ELECTIONS 2022-MINNESOTA HOUSE
Minnesota is holding special primaries to replace the late congressman
ST. POL, Minnesota (AP) – Southern Minnesota voters will select candidates for special primaries next week. This is the first step in the process of replacing the Republican, US representative Jim Hagedorn, who died of cancer in February. Among the Republican candidates in Tuesday’s vote are Hagedorn’s widow, Jennifer Carnahan, a former Minnesota Republican leader. Other candidates include MP Jeremy Manson and former MP Brad Finstadt. The Democrats have approved a candidate – former CEO of Hormel Foods Jeffrey Oettinger. The winners will meet in a snap election on August 9 to fill the rest of Hagedorn’s term.
Minnesota’s budget agreements remain unattainable until the end of the session
ST. POL, Minnesota (AP) – The common language on several budget bills remains elusive as Minnesota lawmakers are fast approaching the end of the legislative session. Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman said on Friday that tax committee chairmen had made “fantastic progress” on a bill on tax breaks. But problems between committee chairs in most other areas – including health and human services, education and public safety – have led leadership to join. Targets on how to distribute the state budget surplus of $ 9.25 billion include $ 4 billion in tax breaks, $ 4 billion in spending and another $ 4 billion to be left in reserve.
VS-MN-FEDERAL COURT OF DISABILITY
A federal jury has awarded $ 111 million in a personal injury case
MINNEOPOLIS (AP) – A federal jury in Minnesota has awarded a college student more than $ 111 million in damages after negligent care of his injured leg after surgery led to his final disability. This week’s jury verdict, which could be one of the state’s biggest awards for injuries, is the result of 25-year-old Anuj Tapa’s lawsuit against St. Cloud Orthopedic Associates in Sartelle in 2019. In 2017, Tapa underwent surgery for a broken leg at CentraCare St. Cloud Hospital. He has a condition that occurs when excess muscle pressure increases. According to the court, since then Tapa has undergone at least a dozen operations on his leg and has permanent injuries.
PIPELINES-REGULATION OF CARBOHYDRIC DIOXIDE
MN Utility Commission: CO2 pipelines need to be regulated
ST. POL, Minnesota (AP) – Minnesota regulators have ruled that pipelines carrying carbon dioxide are unsafe and therefore subject to state approval. A decision by the Utilities Commission on Thursday concerns two multibillion-dollar CO2 pipelines proposed to cross Minnesota and transport the waste from several ethanol plants in the Midwest. The commissioners interpreted the 1998 state law on pipelines carrying hazardous materials, including those carrying carbon dioxide. The decision initiates the process of adopting norms, which can take a year. The actual approval of any CO2 pipeline may take months after that. Companies seeking to build pipelines do not agree with the commission’s decision.
CLOSURE OF BUS PLANTS
A major producer in northeastern North Dakota is closing
PEMBINA, ND (AP) – One of the largest employers in northeastern North Dakota is closing later this year. New Flyer Industries of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is closing a charter and transit bus plant in Pembino, near the Canadian border. Pembini Mayor Mike Fitzgerald says the company was notified of the decision in a letter. The company told Fitzgerald that it had difficulty finding skilled workers, which is a factor in the conversion to electric vehicles. Radio KFGO reports that the location of the plant has also become a problem, New Flyer also has a plant in Crookston, Minnesota, about 100 miles from Pembino. The Pembina plant opened in 1963. Fitzgerald called the move “devastating” and said more than 200 employees would lose their jobs.