Minneapolis police are investigating after a teen girl was shot in the Webber-Camden neighborhood. Officers responded to a home in the area of North 40th and Girard avenues Wednesday night where they found the 13-year-old with a gunshot wound. Witnesses say intruders entered the home, demanded money, and shot the girl. Several family members were home, but didn’t witness the shooting. No arrests have been announced.
The mother of two girls burned in a Fridley van fire is speaking out. Essie McKenzie encouraged people yesterday to show love to those who are special to them before it’s too late. Her six-year-old daughter Ty’rah White died Tuesday night and her nine-year-old sister Taraji White remains in critical condition. Roberto Hipolito went before a judge yesterday morning on charges of manslaughter and negligent fire. Officials say that a stove in his van started a fire that spread to McKenzie’s van where her children slept.
Neighbors on St. Paul’s Hatch Avenue are complaining about the condition of a vacant house owned by Mayor Melvin Carter. A complaint has prompted city inspectors to put the home on a list of vacant properties. The move will cost the mayor 21-hundred dollars each year for as long as the house is empty and in disrepair.
Minnesota officials are going with a Colorado-based vendor to replace the state’s troubled vehicle licensing and registration computer system. Fast Enterprises was the only company to respond to the state’s search for a private software solution. The state is spending nearly 34-million dollars on the new system. Officials are doing away with the previous update that was developed in-house and cost more than 100-million dollars.
Minneapolis leaders are pushing for limits on tenant screening. Council members formally proposed an ordinance yesterday that would limit the ability of landlords to reject applicants based on criminal and eviction records, credit scores, income, and other factors. The leaders said current criteria prevents many low-income residents or those with convictions from finding safe and affordable housing.
Minneapolis now has special protections for local workers against wage theft. The City Council passed what it called “historic legislation” unanimously yesterday. The move was applauded by union leaders and activists. Groups representing employers and businesses are concerned about adding local regulations to a new state law.
Construction zone workers in Minnesota could find work zones a lot safer. A new state law is now in effect that allows flaggers to report bad drivers to authorities. Violators can receive fines up to 300 dollars. The Department of Public Safety says over the last six years there were close to 13-thousand work zone related-crashes on state roads. About five thousand of those accidents resulted in some type of injury.
There will be no new drive-thrus coming to Minneapolis. The City Council approved a ban yesterday on the option for drivers who patronize food establishments and banks. The action will not affect existing drive-thrus, but prohibits any from being built at new restaurants, coffee shops, and pharmacies. Council members say the ban will reduce noise and traffic, and also will make sidewalks safe for pedestrians.
Ground has been broken on the country’s first memorial to survivors of sexual assault at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis. The groundbreaking ceremony took place yesterday. The Survivor’s Memorial is expected to be completed next year.
The family of Jamar Clark is agreeing to a tentative settlement with the city of Minneapolis. Clark was shot to death by Minneapolis police in 2015 and the family had been calling for accountability from the city. The lawyer representing Clark’s father said yesterday afternoon that a 200-thousand-dollar settlement had been reached after closed-door mediation.
Hundreds of students who attended Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business may now have their student loans forgiven. Attorney General Keith Ellison said yesterday that the U.S. Department of Education approved the state’s request to allow students who withdrew from the school to apply for federal loan forgiveness. The schools faced a fraud finding in September 2016.
The Lake Superior Zoo is planning to open a nature-based preschool in fall 2020. Plans are for a full-day preschool serving up to 20 children. Kids will engage in less structured, exploratory time outdoors.