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Stras will get Judiciary Committee hearing

Plus: Cornish constituents stand by embattled rep.; water main bursts near Stinson and Broadway in Minneapolis; Metro Transit shelter heaters damaged by vandalism; and more.

Justice David Stras
Justice David Stras

Stras will get his hearing. The AP reports via MPR: “Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said Thursday he’s going ahead with confirmation hearings for two appellate court nominees, David Stras of Minnesota and Kyle Duncan of Louisiana, even though they have not received the support of both of their home-state senators. … In each case, a senator declined to return a so-called blue slip marking their support for the judicial nominee from their state. Grassley said he won’t allow a single senator to block a nominee. Rather, he said a negative blue slip will only be considered a significant factor for the committee to weigh when evaluating a nominee.”

Remember this story? The Mankato Free Press’ Trey Mewes checks in with state Rep. Tony Cornish’s constituents: “As Chris Braun sees it, Tony Cornish is more of a target. … The recent sexual harassment allegations against the Republican lawmaker from Vernon Center may have the Capitol riled up, but Braun doesn’t think there’s enough evidence to make a judgment against Cornish. … ‘A lot of the facts aren’t out there,’ he said. Nowadays, the news is filled with stories about powerful men from all walks of life who abused that power to sexually harass others. That doesn’t sound like Cornish to the people around Vernon Center.

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Water mess. The Star Tribune’s Tim Harlow reports: “A one-block stretch of Stinson Boulevard is closed Friday morning after a water main burst, a city of Minneapolis spokesman said. … The 48-inch water main burst in the early morning hours near Broadway Street in northeast Minneapolis sending thousands of gallons of water rushing into the street, said spokesman Casper Hill.”

You guys: not cool. Also from Tim Harlow in the Strib: “Hundreds of heat lamps at light-rail stations and bus shelters across the system are not working, Metro Transit said. … The reason: Vandalism, said spokesman Howie Padilla. … Metro Transit became aware of the problem during the cold snap earlier this month after riders complained.”

In other news…

Going far: “University rocket team sets Guinness record” [Minnesota Daily]

Important PSA: “How raccoons turned our gardens into a toilet” [Southwest Journal]

Looking pretty good: “Where to Eat at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP)” [Eater] 

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