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Dayton calls for police training fund to be named for Castile

Also: Looking for Rep. Emmer; medical cannabis for those suffering from PTSD; U of M professor booted from EPA consulting gig; and more.

Gov. Mark Dayton pictured with members of Philando Castile's family at Thursday morning's press conference.
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One year ago. Erin Golden of the Star Tribune covered this morning’s press conference with Gov. Mark Dayton and the family of Philando Castile: “Gov. Mark Dayton is recommending that a new $12 million law enforcement fund be named for Philando Castile, the man shot and killed one year ago by a St. Anthony police officer. Speaking alongside Castile’s family members on Thursday, Dayton called Castile’s death ‘one of the most traumatic’ events that has taken place during his more than six years as governor — and said it’s clear Minnesota needs to do more prevent such incidents and strengthen relationships in an increasingly diverse state.”
MPR: “Family, friends to mark one year since Castile shooting
Pioneer Press: “Philando Castile’s police shooting death 1 year ago
Twin Cities Daily Planet: “Philando Castile died one year ago today. Nothing has changed.

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Is he in Paulsen’s secret bunker? Matt Perkins of the St. Cloud Times reports that 6th District Rep. Tom Emmer, who voted to repeal the ACA, hasn’t had a town hall since February: “According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, there are 111,917 Medicaid enrollees in the 6th Congressional District, which currently receives more than $600 million in federal Medicaid funding. ‘Medicaid is the primary funding source for mental health and chemical dependency treatment,” psychologist Dani Jakubowski said. ‘So when you cut that off, you are cutting off the majority of mental health and chemical dependency treatment options.'”

Draining the swamp. Susan Du at City Pages has a piece on the impending firing of University of Minnesota researcher Lawrence Baker from his Environmental Protection Agency consulting gig: “The move was political, he believes — an opportunity for the Trump administration to tell supporters how it’s draining government and reducing regulations. Just the latest in the EPA’s new business model of killing itself. In addition to axing pesky academics, the EPA under administrator Scott Pruitt has been making some major renovations to its climate change page, which has been scrubbed and ‘under construction’ since April.”

Good news. Rachel E. Stassen-Berger at the Pioneer Press offers background on persons with PTSD eligible for medical marijuana: “Minnesotans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorders will be eligible to try medical cannabis starting Aug. 1. To receive the drug through the program, patients need to visit a health care professional who must then certify to the Minnesota Department of Health that the patients suffer from the condition. Once certified, patients can then register on the state health department’s website. Registration for PTSD started July 1.”

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