Minnesota News Briefs: Soldier with Minnesota ties killed in AfghanistanMinnesota News
-- An Army sergeant who previously attended Minnesota State University died last week while on duty in Afghanistan.
MANKATO, Minn. - An Army sergeant who previously attended Minnesota State University died last week while on duty in Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense reports 26-year-old Kyle Osborne of Lafayette, Indiana was killed in an attack on his unit. Osborne was with the First Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, based in Italy. He attended college in Mankato for two-years and some of his family lives in Minnesota. Services will be held in Indiana.
Minnesota's 5th District Representative Keith Ellison appeared on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday to discuss the recent turmoil in the Middle East. Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, responded to Republican criticism of President Obama's handling of foreign policy, saying "the Arab Spring is going to be unfolding for a long time and the last thing we need is to start making quick, emotionally-charged decisions." Fifty people have been arrested in Libya following last week's attack on the U.S. consulate, which left four Americans dead. Al-Qaeda is believed to be responsible for the attack.
Drivers are hoping it's a continuing trend. Minnesota-Gas-Prices-dot-Com reports regular unleaded has dropped nearly a nickel on average across the state since the start of the weekend. What was over $3.97 on Friday is now around $3.93 at the pumps, and on the way down. Minnesota's gas prices are above the national average -- which hit the highest point ever for any date in September.
A taste of fall has barreled into Minnesota, bringing rain to the lower half of the state and cooler temperatures all over. Mid-50's to low-60's are all we'll get today across the state with blustery conditions in most areas. In the Arrowhead, an overnight freeze is possible tonight into early Tuesday.
The Minnesota AFL/CIO's Constitutional Convention continues today (MON) in Rochester. Nearly 500 delegates from AFL-CIO-affiliated unions are meeting at the Mayo Civic Center to set platform resolutions and finalize candidates. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie (10:30-noon) and Governor Dayton (1:45 pm) are scheduled to speak. The convention wraps up tomorrow.
A new report shows recent health reforms have saved families and businesses in Minnesota and across the country more than a billion-dollars on insurance premiums in the past year. Senator Al Franken (DFL-Minneapolis) is responsible for a provision in the law known as the "medical loss ratio." It requires health insurers to spend at least 80-percent of what they collect in premiums on actual health services for their customers, rather than on administrative costs, profits, marketing or CEO salaries. Franken says Minnesotans received nearly nine-million dollars in rebates this year.
September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Tamara Jett from the Minnesota Prostate Cancer Coalition says men should start being screened between the ages of 45 and 50. She says one in six men 40 and over are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Jett adds that African American men should start screening at 40 because they have twice the chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer.