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Klobuchar responds to New York Times’ Facebook report

Plus: cost to heat homes in Minnesota and Wisconsin may go up this winter; deer carcasses found on cars in St. Cloud; gathering marks third anniversary of shooting death of Jamar Clark; and more. 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar
At The Verge, Makeena Kelly writes: “At a Senate Judiciary markup on Thursday morning, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said she would send a letter to Facebook and the Justice Department regarding concerns raised yesterday that the company might be violating campaign finance rules. Her criticism follows an explosive report from The New York Times yesterday that documents how Facebook’s leaders handled the fallout of the 2016 election. At the markup, Klobuchar said that she was concerned that Facebook reportedly hired an opposition research firm in the aftermath of the 2016 election ‘to go after its critics’. … Klobuchar also invoked The Honest Ads Act, of which she is a cosponsor.”

Jeff Wagner at WCCO-TV says, “The cost to heat most homes in Minnesota and Wisconsin may go up this winter. Natural gas prices jumped to their highest in four years Wednesday. Low supply and a frigid forecast may be to blame. … A spokesperson with CenterPoint Energy said its customers could see a spike in their bill because about half of its natural gas is subject to market price changes. The other half though is already stored in tank, purchased in the warmer months when it wasn’t as expensive, which should offset some of the price hikes and demand.”

WCCO reports: “St. Cloud police are investigating a disturbing find on the hoods of two cars Wednesday night. Someone put deer carcasses on two cars parked at the St. Cloud YMCA. One belongs to a Somali interpreter, Ali Abdullahi. He told WCCO-TV he could smell something foul when he first walked into the Y Wednesday night. When he came out, he couldn’t believe what was on his car. … Another carcass was placed on the hood of another car. The YMCA is working with police to review surveillance video. They’ll release more information tomorrow.”

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The Star Tribune reports: “About 200 people gathered on a north Minneapolis street Thursday evening to mark the third anniversary of the shooting death of Jamar Clark. The crowd huddled around a makeshift memorial of candles, flowers and teddy bears next to the spot where Clark was killed during a confrontation with two city police officers in 2015.”

The AP reports: “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker promised Thursday he wouldn’t ‘retreat’ after losing re-election and signaled potential support for a variety of Republican-backed efforts to limit the power of his Democratic successor, including moving the date of the 2020 presidential primary. Walker, in his first comments to reporters since losing to Democrat Tony Evers, said he was open to a number of changes to gubernatorial power being discussed by Republicans who control the Legislature. … Republicans are planning to come back in a lame duck session early next month to consider a variety of bills designed to protect laws enacted by Walker and make changes favoring Republicans before the new governor takes office.”

Says Tim Harlow in the Star Tribune, “Sales of flavored e-cigarettes and menthol cigarettes would be restricted nationwide under a plan announced Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to combat the rising underage use of tobacco products. Minnesota anti-smoking advocates hailed the changes, which include limiting sales to stores with age-restricted entry or areas inside stores that are inaccessible by people under 18. The state has been a leader in enacting regulations that ban the sale of tobacco products to people under 21 … .”

At City Pages, Susan Du reports, “Fresh off a midterm sweep that handed the governorship, attorney general’s office, and state House to the DFL, the usual cannabis crusaders at Campaign for Full Legalization and NORML wasted no time inviting State Rep. Alice Hausman to a tactical powwow at Finnish Bistro on Sunday afternoon. When it comes to fighting pot prohibition, the unassuming Hausman has always been ahead of the curve.”

Says Ben Lane at HousingWire.com, “A few months ago, Wells Fargo revealed that it is planning to cut as many as 26,500 of its employees over the next few years as the bank works to reorganize itself amid the shifting landscape surrounding the financial services industry. And now, the first of those cuts are hitting home, right in the mortgage division. Wells Fargo announced Thursday that it is eliminating approximately 1,000 positions nationwide in its Consumer Lending, and Payments, Virtual Solutions and Innovations groups.”