Diamond Reynolds testifies in Yanez trial

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Diamond Reynolds getting a hug during a July 7, 2016 protest.

Philando Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, is testifying in the Jeronimo Yanez trial today. MPR’s Jon Collins and Riham Feshir report: “Reynolds first took the stand Monday, but her in-depth account of the night of July 6 began with her testimony Tuesday morning. She was shown the dashcam video from Yanez’s squad car and Reynold’s Facebook Live video. … Reynolds wept at some points into the microphone as she recounted what happened that day, saying she ‘felt broken, hurt, confused, lost’ after Castile was shot. … Asked why she live-streamed the shooting’s aftermath, she said, ‘I know that people are not protected against the police … I wanted everyone to see, that if I died in front of my daughter, everyone would know the truth.’”

Breath of fresh air. The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh reports: “In time for the heat and humidity that come with summer, Minnesota is significantly expanding its monitoring of air quality to cover the state. … The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) said its meteorologists are now forecasting air quality conditions beyond the state’s two biggest population areas, the Twin Cities and Rochester areas, to include 17 locations overall. … The widened monitoring also now includes specific forecasts for the north and south suburbs of the Twin Cities.”

3M gets 1M. The Pioneer Press’ Bob Shaw reports: “The Metropolitan Council is paying the 3M Co. about $1 million to settle lawsuits over pollution in the Mississippi River. … The settlement, announced by 3M on Monday, ends the lawsuits in which 3M and the Met Council blamed each other for traces of chemicals found in the river. It also ends the Met Council’s support of an environmental lawsuit being brought by the Minnesota attorney general. … On Monday, both sides declared victory. … The Met Council said the million-dollar payment settled a longstanding legal case that would have cost more in the long run.”

State says it’s out of room. The Star Tribune’s Andy Mannix reports: “A Hennepin County district judge ordered Minnesota’s top mental-health official to testify Monday on why state psychiatric hospitals are refusing to admit three men who have diagnoses of severe mental illnesses, instead leaving them to languish in Hennepin County jail. … The hearing also surfaced ongoing tension between the state Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Hennepin County Sheriff.”

In other news…

Pretty good discussion of the sculpture garden situation: “Does an Offensive Sculpture Deserve to Be Burned?” [New Yorker]

Whew, that was close: “Bob Dylan Delivers His Nobel Prize Lecture, Just in Time” [New York Times]

Minnetonka’s own Wesley So: “U.S. chess champion is now ranked No. 2 in the world. Opponents fear he’s still getting better.” [Washington Post]

Drama in the Rochester arts scene: “Civic Theatre fires artistic director amid unrest” [Rochester Post Bulletin]

Nice: “Fans Give Packers Player Ride To Green Bay After He Misses Connection In Minneapolis” [Deadspin]

Cool story: “Cold Spring Brewing revives 100-year-old beer to dry the original ‘Brewer’s Tears’” [St. Cloud Times]

Us too: “U2 to revisit ‘The Joshua Tree’ at U.S. Bank Stadium in September” [Pioneer Press]

St. Paul. Sewer. Rats. “St. Paul sewer rats create nightmare for homeowner” [KARE]

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