Noon News Update
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Welcome to the afternoon update.
Minnesota is filing a lawsuit against two colleges, accusing the schools of misleading students about their ability to land a job in their field and about transferring credits to other institutions. Attorney General Lori Swanson says the Minnesota School of Business and Globe University try to attract students who want to become police officers, but don't offer the educational requirements to become a licensed police officer under state law. The schools aren't regionally accredited and don't offer a program approved by a state standards board.
The Minnesota DNR wants to join a lawsuit against the army corps to stop the diversion. The DNR asked the court to let it join the Richland-Wilkin Joint Powers Authority - because it claims the diversion authority is moving ahead with its plans - without listening to state regulation. The DNR hasn't completed its environmental report, slated for next May. Corps officials say the diversion will likely be built as proposed, regardless of that review.
Federal and state investigators are at a Williston oil supply and logistics company where a massive fire erupted and disrupted road and air traffic. Flames shot 500-feet in the air, after the explosion at Red River Supply, a business that provides chemicals and sand used in frac jobs in the oil patch. An Emergency Services spokeswoman said officials with the state fire marshal's office and the federal Environmental Protection Agency were at Red River Supply today. No one was hurt. No word on the cause.
Jurors have reconvened in St. Paul to deliberate on whether a late famed military sniper defamed former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his best-selling memoir. The ten jurors deliberated for about 4½ hours. The lawsuit is against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle. Ventura says Kyle's 2012 best-seller libeled him in its description of a bar fight in California in 2006. His lawyer says he believes Kyle's estate has earned more than $6 million from the book. He suggested jurors award Ventura anywhere from $5 to $15 million in compensation. The 10-person jury's will continue deliberations today.
Hillary Clinton might not be the only woman considering a repeat run for the White House. Real Clear Politics reports congresswoman Michele Bachmann could also be eyeing a 2016 bid. Bachmann told the website there's a chance she could run when asked if she thought any Republican women might seek the nomination. The Minnesota representative announced last year she didn't plan to run for re-election for her seat in congress this year. She previously said she planned to retire at the end of her term.
Just 20 miles from the site of the Malaysia Airlines plane wreckage, pro-Russia rebels have shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets today. The separatists say one of the pilots was killed, and another is being sought by rebel fighters. The insurgents deny having missiles that could hit a jetliner at cruising altitude, but they say they do have ground-to-air missiles that could hit targets as high as 11,500 feet.
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Now time for our retweet of the day...it's from BuzzFeed UK... "This poorly worded tweet by Associated Press just made everyone's heart skip a beat."
That tweet says "Breaking: Dutch military plane carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash - lands in Eindhoven." Dutch officials and royalty, along with hundreds of relatives of those who died in the downing of that Malaysia Airlines plane, have watched the arrival of two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins. The first set of remains was flown to the Netherlands today from eastern Ukraine.
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