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Minnesota State board approves 3% tuition hike

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For the Star Tribune, Mila Kuompilova writes: “The 37 universities and community colleges in the Minnesota State system are hiking their tuition by 3% this fall amid persistent enrollment declines. On Wednesday, the system’s board of trustees backed
'For the Star Tribune, Mila Kuompilova writes: “The 37 universities and community colleges in the Minnesota State system are hiking their tuition by 3% this fall amid persistent enrollment declines. On Wednesday, the system’s board of trustees backed a $2.1 billion budget for the system, which over the past decade has lost almost a fifth of its enrollment.” At MPR, Matt Sepic and Nina Moini say, “In-state undergraduates at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus will pay another $337 in tuition and fees during the next school year, pushing the price tag to $15,027. University regents on Wednesday approved a budget that includes a 2 percent tuition hike for the 2019-20 academic year.” KSTP-TV reports : “Researchers at the University of Minnesota say youth in the state are contracting sexually transmitted infections at what they describe as alarmingly high rates. According to the  2019 Minnesota Adolescent Sexual Health Report compiled by the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Healthy Youth Development-Prevention Research Center , adolescents ages 15-19 account for 25 percent of all chlamydia cases and 17 percent of all cases of gonorrhea in the state. That’s despite the fact the group makes up just seven percent of the population.” The Pioneer Press’ Ryan Faircloth writes : “The longtime medical director of Minnesota’s Medicaid program is out at the Department of Human Services, and his colleagues say his departure could impair the state’s opioid response efforts. Dr. Jeff Schiff said he was told earlier this month that the position he held for 13 years had been eliminated. Schiff, described by his colleagues as the brains behind the state Opioid Prescribing Work Group, said the move was sudden and done without clear explanation.” At KARE-TV, Jennifer Austin says , “[Edna] Bart’s story is an example of how a tight Twin Cities housing market is leaving buyers struggling to find a home and pitting different generations of home buyers against each other. [Twin Cities realtor, Jesse Godzala] says inventory is low, especially for homes under $300,000, because building hasn’t gone back to pre-recession levels. He says not only aren’t there enough homes, the ones out there typically aren’t affordable.  The result: Both first-time home buyers and older buyers looking to downsize are seeking the homes in the biggest shortage.” \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\tThe Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh reports, “Citing ‘a lot of rot’ in chiro­practic medicine, a federal judge sentenced a onetime Minnesota practitioner to two-plus years in prison for defrauding a leading health insurer out of more than $330,000. Steven Wiseth, 36, of Thief River Falls, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Minneapolis to 2¼ years after pleading guilty to wire fraud in connection with orchestrating an elaborate scheme to defraud health insurers by submitting claims for scores of services he never provided.” KSTP-TV also reports : “A man was targeted in a racially motivated assault at Metropolitan State University Wednesday afternoon. St. Paul police say the incident happened at about 1:45 p.m. as officers responded to an assault call. Police say the male victim said he was sitting on a set of steps outside on campus grounds when he was approached from behind by a white man. The suspect reportedly asked the victim where he was from and why he was in this country. That’s when the suspect allegedly struck the victim on the left side of his face, knocking off his glasses.“ A WCCO-TV story says , “A new initiative from Best Buy aims to not only substantially cut the company’s carbon emissions, but also those of its consumers. The Richfield-based electronics retailer announced Wednesday that it’s set a goal to help costumers cut their carbon emissions by 20% by 2030, and thereby save them an estimated $5 billion in utility costs. … Additionally, Best Buy is also pledging to reduce its own carbon footprint by 75% by 2030.”'

Free-range parents let their kid play with fire and dangerous tools

Public Protection New York Post

This 4-year-old handles knives, drops f-bombs and stays up past midnight. Meet Naylan, a free-range kid in Orlando, Florida, whose parents let him make his own mistakes — however dangerous. “A child is able to know what is safe and what is unsafe,”
'This 4-year-old handles knives, drops f-bombs and stays up past midnight. Meet Naylan, a free-range kid in Orlando, Florida, whose parents let him make his own mistakes — however dangerous. “A child is able to know what is safe and what is unsafe,” Naylan’s mom, Teena Patel, told The Post. She operates a day camp,..'

Heavy Rains, Flooding Leaves Drivers Stranded Along I-295, PATCO Suspends Service Due To Storm Damage

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Heavy rains and flooding are causing a traffic mess for drivers in parts of South Jersey on Thursday morning.
'BELLMAWR, N.J. (CBS) – Heavy rains and flooding are causing a traffic mess for drivers in parts of South Jersey on Thursday morning. Crews worked throughout the morning to rescue people from their cars trapped in floodwaters after Wednesday night’s heavy rains. I-295 in Bellmawr, New Jersey was closed around 4 a.m. due to flooding. Traffic was backed up for miles in both directions as drivers waited for the water to recede. Crews reopened I-295 shortly around 6:40 a.m. SB I-295 (right) @ Black Horse Pike finally moving after 2+ hour closure. Floodwaters beginning to recede. NB traffic (left) still at a standstill, but some drivers are taking chances and driving through standing water onto exit 28 ramp on their own. @CBSPhilly #cbs3weather pic.twitter.com/mPllObtaO7 — Trang Do (@TrangDoCBS3) June 20, 2019 People getting restless on I-295 @ Black Horse Pike in #Bellmawr where all lanes have been closed in both directions since 4am due to flooding & cars stranded in the roadway. Traffic backed up for miles as cars must wait for the standing water to recede. @CBSPhilly #cbs3weather pic.twitter.com/8lKlYr6Aau — Trang Do (@TrangDoCBS3) June 20, 2019 pic.twitter.com/nPWyaR1Ktg — Fletcher Rumbaugh (@FletcherRumbau1) June 20, 2019 Eyewitness News cameras also spotted several water rescues overnight, including along Route 130 in Collingswood. The heavy rains and flooding also caused PATCO to suspend service. Service was suspended between Lindenwold and Broadway due to storm damage at several New Jersey stations and track areas. For updated service details, click here . SERVICE SUSPENDED DUE TO STORM DAMAGE SEEK ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION NO SERVICE between Lindenwold & Broadway One train operating between 15/16-12/13-9/10-8TH-CITY-BROADWAY NJTRANSIT will honor FREEDOM Cards/tickets on their routes DETAILS: https://t.co/VVoDUD3iW0 pic.twitter.com/zUrph4fof5 — PATCO (@RidePATCO) June 20, 2019 “Several stations flooded & track ballast (stone that holds track in place) in some areas washed away. Repairs/inspections underway,” tweeted PATCO. SERVICE SUSPENDED DUE TO STORM DAMAGE #PATCO service is suspended this morning (6/20) as a result of issues created by last night's storm. Several stations flooded & track ballast (stone that holds track in place) in some areas washed away. Repairs/inspections underway. pic.twitter.com/lyXUUBFCoc — PATCO (@RidePATCO) June 20, 2019'

Cory Booker vows to pursue clemency for nonviolent drug offenders

Law and Order New York Post

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker says if he’s elected, he plans to use the powers of the office to pursue clemency for what his campaign estimates is more than 17,000 prisoners incarcerated for nonviolent drug crimes. The
'WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker says if he’s elected, he plans to use the powers of the office to pursue clemency for what his campaign estimates is more than 17,000 prisoners incarcerated for nonviolent drug crimes. The New Jersey senator’s clemency plan would affect offenders serving time for three categories of crimes: those..'

Does Joe Biden still believe in the death penalty? His campaign won't say

Politics Politico

An aside by the Democratic hopeful at a town hall triggers questions about whether he's changed his mind on another hot-button issue.
'Joe Biden said in a 1992 speech that criminal justice legislation he was pushing was so strict that “we do everything but hang people for jaywalking.” Two years later, his signature crime bill made dozens of additional offenses punishable by death. But in a little-noticed remark earlier this month in New Hampshire, the Democratic presidential frontrunner seemed to offer a decidedly different stance on the death penalty. Fielding a question from a voter aligned with the ACLU about how he’d reduce the federal prison population, Biden gave a long and winding answer: He defended his crime bill, advocated for reforms to the criminal justice system involving nonviolent and drug offenders, and said he was proud of his work with Barack Obama to cut the federal prison population by 3,800. Then, unprompted, Biden added: “By the way, congratulations to ya’ll ending the death penalty here.” Biden’s campaign would not comment on his answer, or shed light on whether he’s changed his position on the death penalty. The ACLU also declined to weigh in, given the ambiguity of his comment. Biden's support for the death penalty was consistent throughout his 30-plus years in the Senate. Whether that stand holds will be another case study of how he reconciles long-held beliefs with the leftward march of his party. His record is full of tough-on-crime bills and statements that were in line with Bill Clinton-style centrism, but now look out of step. This isn’t the first time in recent weeks that Biden, pressed by an ACLU volunteer, answered a question in a way that runs counter to his record. In May, Biden said he would commit to repealing the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding for most abortions. His campaign then said he misheard the question and reaffirmed his support for Hyde. Then, mere hours later, amid the rush of states to stamp out abortion rights, Biden used a speech in Atlanta to reverse his position on the amendment. “The former vice president has no choice but to change almost every position he’s ever taken,” said Colin Strother, a Democratic strategist in Texas, where capital punishment has long been a flashpoint. \'We’ve seen it with a couple positions and we’re going to see it more.” Most of Biden’s Democratic opponents support abolishing—or at least halting—capital punishment. After California Gov. Gavin Newsom froze the death penalty earlier this year, Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker were quick to add their support for the move. Both highlighted that defendants of color are disproportionately represented on death rows. Others have long records of opposition: Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she didn’t think Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should face the death penalty. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee halted executions in his state; in a statement he called the death penalty \'costly and capricious.\' Other Democratic hopefuls, including Bernie Sanders, Beto O'Rourke and Pete Buttigieg, are just as opposed. “It’s not an equitable, fair, just system right now,” O’Rourke said recently. The U.S. is moving away from the death penalty, with nine states eliminating it in the last 15 years. Experts say the changes have come mostly through the political process—and usually with the support of some Republicans. Four other states have placed moratoria on executions. “People have become more educated about the problems with the death penalty, including the risk of executing the innocent, that the death penalty is more expensive than life in prison, that it is applied in a racially biased way, and other reasons,” said Jeffrey Kirchmeier, who authored a book chronicling the history of the death penalty in the U.S. Biden spent decades voicing strong support for the death penalty, and was a force behind expanding the number of crimes that were subject to capital punishment. Even when he called for a moratorium on executions nearly two decades ago, Biden continued to back executions in principle, and stressed the timeout should be temporary. “I support the death penalty,” Biden said in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in 2000. “Let me put it this way: I don’t oppose the death penalty on moral grounds, but I have been fastidious … that if you are going to have a death penalty, you had better go out of your way to make sure you don’t execute an innocent person.” His stance was in line with Clinton's repositioning of the Democratic Party on crime, an attempt to shed its bleeding heart liberal image. During his 1992 run, Clinton flew to Arkansas to personally oversee an execution and argue Democrats \'should no longer feel guilty about protecting the innocent.” Obama backed the death penalty during his campaigns, though he later called the practice “deeply troubling.” Hillary Clinton had reservations but also supported executions. Yet in 2016, the Democratic Party platform for the first time explicitly called for abolishing capital punishment. Now, Biden is being forced to adapt in real-time to the party's drastically different mindset. The 1994 crime bill, which Biden colloquially named after himself and later called his greatest accomplishment, created 60 new death penalty offenses under 41 federal capital statutes, according to a Brennan Center for Justice analysis of its impact some two decades later. Nearly 1,500 people have been executed since 1976, more than a third of those in Texas, per statistics kept by the Death Penalty Information Center. After the 1994 law took effect, the number of executions increased from 31 that year, to 56 in 1995, 74 in 1997 and a high of 98 in 1999. Executions fell off precipitously since then, down to 9 so far in 2019. There were 61 federal prisoners on death row as of December. Twenty-six were black and seven were Latino. During the early 90s, Biden stood behind his support for capital punishment, but legislation he carried sought to protect juvenile defendants and those with disabilities from being subject to the federal death penalty. After pushing for leniency in cases where “racial patterns” were found to have occurred, and expressing concerns over inadequate criminal defense counsel, he continued to back an expansion of the death penalty. The Racial Justice Act, a bill that had been introduced for years but failed to pass, would have allowed death penalty defendants to cite evidence—such as statistics—demonstrating that the death penalty had been administered in a racially biased way. While members of the Congressional Black Caucus reportedly tried to pressure then-President Clinton to include the language in the 1994 crime bill, they relented over fears that it would stall the full law. The difficulty for Biden isn't just potentially adjusting his position but explaining why, Strother said. The death penalty debate, which floored Michael Dukakis during his 1988 run , is especially tricky given Biden’s long track record on the issue, full of old video clips. “Times change,\' Strother said, \'but morality doesn’t. It’s constant.” Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine'