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Castile stopped by police consistently throughout adult life

Plus: Money intended for police civil rights training goes unspent; Ellison condemns Gingrich’s anti-Muslim statements; untangling Duluth’s highway “can of worms” will have to wait; and more.

The casket for Philando Castile is carried from the Cathedral of St. Paul after the funeral service on Thursday.
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Philando Castile spent much of his adult life dealing with being pulled over. NPR digs deep into his driving record: “Philando Castile’s trouble with traffic stops began when he still had his learner’s permit. He was stopped a day before his 19th birthday. … From there, he descended into a seemingly endless cycle of traffic stops, fines, court appearances, late fees, revocations and reinstatements in various jurisdictions. … Court records raise big questions: Was Castile targeted by police? Or was he just a careless or unlucky driver?”

Well, it’s a start? The Pioneer Press’ Christopher Magan reports: “Six years ago, a lawsuit settlement put aside more than $1.5 million for training to help police avoid racially charged incidents like the recent shooting death of Philando Castile. … But so far, nearly $215,000 has been spent without one course being offered.”

Hard to disagree with the congressman from Minnesota here. Politico reports: “Speaking to Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday night, Gingrich declared that the terrorist attack in Nice, France, that killed more than 80 people and left 50 more critically injured was an act of “war.” He then suggested, ‘We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background and if they believe in sharia they should be deported.’ … Rep. Keith Ellison, one of just two Muslim members of Congress, condemned Gingrich’s remarks, insisting that he knew better and that what he said was ‘calculating, pandering, and it’s really sad.’

Hey, a highway “can” metaphor that isn’t “kicking the can down the road!” That’s thanks to the Duluth News Tribune’s Brady Slater: “Untangling the ‘can of worms’ section of Interstate 35 through Duluth will have to wait. … A bid for federal grant funding to help pay for a reconstruction of the complicated interchange came up short earlier this month. But the supervisor in charge of the project said Thursday that the Minnesota Department of Transportation will take another swing at funding in 2017.”

In other news…

Well, what else would he say? “MN GOP chair says Pence will play well in Upper Midwest” [MPR]

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