5 Things to Know Monday

July 16, 2017 11:07 PM

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:

1. Vigil Held for Victim of Officer-Invovled Shooting in Southwest Minneapolis 


A vigil organized by the Women's March Minnesota in honor of Saturday's officer-involved shooting victim called for police reform, with attendees urging a greater emphasis on crisis management training than use-of-force. 

An officer shot the woman in an alley between Washburn and Xerxes avenues south on the 5100 block late Saturday. Two officers had responded to the scene; neither had turned on their body camera, and squad car footage did not capture the scene.  

2. More Hurdles as Senate Again Delays Vote on GOP Health Bill 

The Senate delayed a highly anticipated vote this coming week to repeal and replace the nation's health care law after Sen. John McCain's announced absence due to surgery, an enormous setback as time dwindles for Republicans to pass the signature legislation after years of promises.

The decision by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell late Saturday came not long after McCain's office disclosed that he had undergone surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. He's expected to be out for the week, recovering in Arizona.

3. St. Louis Park Poised to Increase Legal Age to Purchase Tobacco

At a June 26, 2017, special meeting, the St. Louis Park City Council approved by a vote of 6-1 the first reading of an ordinance raising the legal age to purchase tobacco and tobacco products in St. Louis Park from 18 to 21 years old and increase administrative fines for violation of the ordinance. 

A second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for Monday. Should the ordinance pass it would go into effect October 1, 2017, making St. Louis Park the second city in the state of Minnesota to enact such an ordinance.

4. Government Accountability Association Holds Press Conference on Legislative Funding Constitutional Crisis

The Association for Government Accountability will hold the news conference on the Capitol steps at 10 a.m. Monday.

The group plans to unveil a new taxpayer strategy to resolve the "constitutional crisis" over legislative funding. The association's Beverly Snow and attorney Erick G. Kaardal will make a presentation and be available for questions. 

5. As Humidity Ramps Up, Chance for Storms Late Monday 

KSTP Meteorologist Dave Dahl says this week is going to be characterized by evening or nighttime thunderstorms. When daytime temperatures get as warm as we're expecting this week, Dahl says, thunderstorms become more and more likely after dark.  

The first chance for storms will be as early as Monday night, with an even better chance on Tuesday. The focus is going to be a stalled out front over the southern part of our state.



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