Headlines: Harris drops out, NTSB says lack of training led to contributed to gas explosion at Minnehaha Academy

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December 03, 2019 - 11:19 am



1. NTSB: Lack of training contributed to deadly natural gas explosion at Minnehaha Academy.

The NTSB says a lack of training and documentation contributed to the deadly natural gas explosion at Minnehaha Academy.

Ruth Berg and John Carlson died in the blast in August 2017. Bryan Duffey was severely injured.

The NTSB released its accident brief Monday, which closes the investigation.

Center Point Energy in a statement says it has quote --"made enhancements" to work procedures regarding oversight, documentation and project communications.

2. Kamala Harris drops out

Kamala Harris has dropped out of the Democratic primary in the race of President. News Talk 830 Host Chad Hartman had this reaction:

“She was always looking for that viral moment. "Dude's gotta go," some phrase.. she always was searching for that. And I said this multiple times, the last couple of months when she was dropping, I would watch her interviews and when she was asked a specific question, it was a tap dance. It was twisting and turning and she could not find her lane at all.”

1. REAL ID deadine is 10 months away

Another REAL ID reminder from Minnesota public safety officials today, 10 months before the deadline.

Every air traveler needs a REAL ID, passport, or enhanced licensed to fly by Oct 1, 2020. A normal license will remain fine for driving, but not for federal use.

Less than 10 percent of Minnesotans have converted, up 2 percent from 2 months ago.

There's a pre-application to fill out online to save time at the DMV office.

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11:30 headlines:

Walz to mke accouncment on DHS split

1. Governor Walz is ready to move forward on the troubled state Department of Human Resources.  This comes after new Commissioner Jordi Harpstead told lawmakers about how the agency can rebuild trust.  Appearing on the WCCO Morning News with Dave Lee, Walz says he'll be making an announcement soon on how to split up the agency.

Walz says he wants to find out how DHS can be the most accountable in delivery of service and to taxpayers.  Human Services has an 18-point-five billion dollar budget and serves more than a million Minnesotans who depend on public service programs.

Twins spring training tickets on sale

2. Baseball fans who have already had enough of winter can get a warm feeling with tickets to Twins spring training games. They went on sale today on the Twins website, and spokesman Dustin Morse says it's never too early to make plans for Fort Myers, Florida There are 17 Twins home games at Hammond Stadium in February and March.  2020 marks thirty years for the Twins holding Spring Training in Fort Myers.

Car theives seize the (snowy) day

3. While the plowing continues, police in Saint Paul report that Nine cars have been stolen in the last 2 days.The department suggests investing in a remote car-starting system or sitting in the car while it's warming up.

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