The Senate thinks rules on police body cameras should be tight. Tom Scheck’s story for MPR says, “The Minnesota Senate has passed a measure that would restrict who can see videos recorded by police body cameras. After the Senate added the provision to a bill that regulates how police collect and retain information from automated license plate readers, on Thursday it passed 41 to 19, setting up a debate over whether the public should have access to video from the cameras. … The Legislature has been stymied over how to handle the video gathered by police body cameras. On one hand, allowing the video to be public could help prevent police misconduct. But allowing access to the video could also violate the privacy of victims and others in vulnerable situations.” What about my right to see the video of the cop who wrote me a ticket for expired tabs!?
Local parishes will get more say on the Archdiocese’s bankruptcy thanks to a judge’s decision. Jean Hopfensperger of the Strib says, “U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel said the court will appoint a creditors committee representing parishes that will participate in mediation sessions forging financial settlements and archdiocese reorganization plans. Parishes aren’t adequately represented by the official creditors committee, which is composed of five clergy abuse survivors, said Mary Jo Jensen-Carter, an attorney representing 118 parishes. Parishes have significant claims against the archdiocese, including up to $17 million in overpayments to its insurance funds and liabilities from clergy abuse by priests appointed by the archdiocese, she said.”
Get your Super Bowl tickets. ESPN’s Ben Goessling says, “According to a league source, the Vikings signed Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes to a four-year deal on Thursday, making the No. 11 overall pick the fourth first-rounder to come to terms. Players are scheduled to arrive in Minnesota on Thursday for the start of the Vikings’ rookie camp on Friday, and the team was able to use the occasion to get Waynes’ deal done early.”
Or how about … the Gophers? Marino Eccher of the PiPress reports, “If the Gophers can field a championship football team by 2020, Gov. Mark Dayton wants them to feel right at home. Dayton on Tuesday officially announced a bid to host the College Football Playoff championship game in the Vikings’ new $1 billion stadium, scheduled to open by fall 2016 and already chosen to house the 2018 Super Bowl and the 2019 NCAA men’s basketball tournament Final Four.” The question of course is after the NFL, do we have anything left to give away?
Wait a minute, are they saying Ron Erhardt was right? The MPR story on why we should care about the bird flu epidemic says, “The new virus circulating in the United States isn’t considered to be a risk to humans. But experts can’t completely rule out the possibility that it could move to humans in the future. Some other strains of bird flu have been fatal to people. Those cases usually happen when people have had direct contact with poultry.”
You tell ‘em, Phyllis! Mr. Eccher, again, says, “With debate looming over tax subsidies for a new Minnesota United FC soccer stadium, one lawmaker is proposing a creative solution: let the public buy a stake in the team. State Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, is introducing a bill that would provide for public ownership of the franchise. Fans could buy stock in different tiers and vote on some governance issues, while the existing ownership group or another private consortium would hold a controlling interest and run the day-to-day operations.”
Sun Country may be taking a holiday. MPR’s Martin Moylan says, “The chair of Sun Country Airlines’ board is threatening to ground its planes in the midst of the company’s pay dispute with its pilots union. A letter from Marty Davis to the union said the company’s management has ‘begun the process of downsizing the airline, for what will need to be its ultimate shut-down.’ The company declined to comment. The pilots union dismissed the letter as a bargaining tactic.”
But don’t consider driving instead. Riham Feshir of MPR says, “Twin Cities metro traffic congestion increased by one percent in 2014 over the previous year, according to a Minnesota Department of Transportation report released Thursday. MnDOT defines congestion as highway traffic moving at 45 miles per hour or less. The 2014 Metropolitan Freeway System Congestion Report shows just over a fifth, or 21.1 percent of the metro’s freeway miles are congested which is slightly higher than in 2013, at 19.9 percent.” The worst part of course is that they’re all in front of me!
Now if this were a stadium we’d have a deal in a half hour. Also at MPR, Tim Nelson says, “Catholic Charities is kicking off a fundraising campaign today for a $100 million expansion of its Dorothy Day campus in downtown St. Paul, the charity’s most ambitious effort ever to house the homeless. Catholic Charities, which already has more than a third of the funds it needs for the expansion, is making a final push for the money to open a first phase next year.” Of course it it were a stadium, the homeless would have to buy personal cot licenses.
If it’s about John Kline, for-profit colleges and government money, it’s got to be by City Pages’ Cory Zurowski: “Inside the high-dollar K Street offices in downtown Washington, D.C., most of the groups making up the college establishment lobby have shifted course. They’re now aligning themselves with career colleges as the federal government once again attempts to impose accountability rules across higher ed.The reason for the unlikely alliance is the $150 billion feeding trough that the fed lays out annually in the form of Pell grants and student subsidized loans. In a letter penned earlier this year to House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline, Minnesota’s Most Reprehensible Congressman (TM), a majority of traditional higher ed’s lobbying groups declared support for Republican legislation crafted to not only derail new oversight for career colleges, but also to water down accountability rules governing all colleges.”