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The AP story says, “Minnesota's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against two colleges, accusing the schools of misleading criminal justice students about their ability to land a job in their field and about transferring credits to other institutions.    Attorney General Lori Swanson said Tuesday the Minnesota School of Business and Globe University try to attract prospective students who want to become police officers, but don't offer the educational requirements to become a licensed police officer under Minnesota law.” I would expect a comment from Rep. John Kline.  

Al Franken will not debate at the State Fair. Mike Mulcahy of MPR says, “DFL U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s campaign has declined an MPR News invitation to debate his Republican and Independence Party opponents at the Minnesota State Fair. State Fair debates have been a tradition for MPR for 20 years. … A Franken spokeswoman didn’t give a reason for the decision to decline the invitation.”

We’re No. 5! At MPR Sasha Aslainian says, “An annual report on the well-being of the nation's children again ranks Minnesota among the states that best care for their youngest citizens while offering a worrisome reminder of significant inequality. The KIDS COUNT data book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota ranks Minnesota 5th overall in the nation. But the report found the state also has some of the worst disparities in the country, with nearly half of Minnesota's black children living in poverty.”

And Northfield’s No. 2! Via WCCO-TV: “Northfield, Minnesota, was just named the second best small town in the country, according to newly released rankings. The town, which houses St. Olaf and Carleton colleges, ranked among the best locales ‘that inspire both creativity and activity,’ and which ‘offer unhurried atmospheres, authentic character and characters, cultural gems, fantastic outdoor settings and the uncommon ability to change lifestyles, shift points of view and nourish souls with simple pleasures.’ ” (Los Alamos, New Mexico, was No. 1)

From the AP, we have the closing argument phase of “I’ve Been Defamed!” watch. “Attorney John Borger told jurors that [Jesse] Ventura failed to prove his claim that Kyle made up an account of punching Ventura in a California bar in 2006 after he said Ventura made remarks insulting Navy SEALs. And Borger said Ventura didn't show he suffered financially because of the book.”

For the Strib, Randy Furst says, “[Judge] Kyle said, if they decide that defamation occurred, they then have to determine how large an award the former governor should receive. … He said if they had questions, they should write him a note, ‘and make sure it’s good penmanship.' " Or, you know, just text him.

Speaking of legal cases with legs … Anne Jungen of the LaCrosse Tribune reports, “A Minnesota man imprisoned for life for murdering a father and son at their downtown La Crosse camera store wants a new trial, arguing biased jurors decided his fate. Nine of the 12 jurors who served during Jeffrey Lepsch’s July 2013 trial were prejudiced because they believed he was guilty before they heard the case or found police more credible than other witnesses, according to a motion filed in La Crosse County Circuit Court.”

Here’s MPR’s Paul Huttner on the latest State of the Climate report: “June came in as the hottest June on record globally. That marks two consecutive hottest months on record globally after May also came in as the hottest on record. The recent hot streak now places 2014 as the 3rd warmest year on record globally with the first half of 2014 now  in the books. … Temperatures here are running a good 2 to 4 degrees cooler than average in Minnesota so far this year. In fact,  the Upper Midwest is the coolest place on earth relative to average so far this year. Check out the map from NOAA. While the vast majority of the planet is bathed in red so far in 2014, Minnesota is the epicenter for cool blue hues.”

“The Colbert Bump” goes local: In the Strib Laurie Hertzel says, “A second debut novelist got the ‘Colbert bump’ last night on the ‘The Colbert Report’ — this time it was St. Paul author Stephan Eirik Clark, who teaches at Augsburg College. His novel, ‘Sweetness No. 9’ — which will be published Aug. 19 — was recommended on the show by novelist Edan Lepucki. Overnight, his book shot up from being unlisted on Powell's Books best-seller list, to number three.”

A great outdoorsman … Paul Walsh of the Strib writes, “A longtime big game guide in far northern Minnesota is facing jail time after admitting to years of poaching bears and deer … . Keith R. Slick, 33, of Baudette, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in Lake of the Woods County District Court to 90 days in jail for various misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, including: transporting a big game animal, lending/borrowing a bear license, two counts of taking/possessing an over-limit of bear and failing to register a bear.” Nice going, Slick.

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Win or lose

good old Jesse will light up the talk show circuit until some real news comes along and he and his fading star will be drop kicked to the sideline.