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Saturday March 18th, 2023 evening edition

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Officials in Minnesota are monitoring the cleanup of a massive spill of radioactive water from a nuclear power plant just outside Minneapolis.

About 1.5 million litres (400,000 gallons) of nuclear wastewater leaked from the plant back in late November, but the incident wasn’t made public until Thursday.

Xcel Energy, the company that operates the affected nuclear power plant, promises that the spill poses no risk to public safety, as did the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Xcel reported the leak at its Monticello power plant to state and federal authorities on Nov. 22, the day after the spill was confirmed.

The contaminated water contains tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen that occurs naturally in the environment and is a common by-product of nuclear plant operations, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

3:23 Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in ‘precarious’ situation: IAEA chief Grossi.

Japan is preparing to release a massive amount of treated radioactive wastewater into the sea from the triple reactor meltdowns 12 years ago at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. »

Biden: Putin has committed war crimes, charges justified

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U.S. President Joe Biden said that the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin is justified.

"He's clearly committed war crimes," Biden added.

Earlier, U.S. National Security Council Communications Coordinator John Kirby declined to answer whether Putin would be arrested if he traveled to the U.S. »

Walz signs universal school meals bill into Minnesota law

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During the signing ceremony, Walz told Minnesota parents this will ease some of the stress on them.

Students cheer as Gov. Tim Walz finishes signing the free school meals bill, on Friday, which will cost the state of Minnesota close to $400 million in the first two years and grow in price in the future.

There’s also a law in Minnesota requiring schools to provide identical meals to all students, even if their families are experiencing financial difficulties. »

Holstein calf with smiling face markings lands role as farm lawnmower for life

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"Happy" the Holstein was born in West Gippsland earlier this week The calf's breeders say they have never seen markings like his.

The calf's breeders say they have never seen markings like his Happy will remain on the farm as a lawnmower and pet.

Megan and Barry Coster breed about 700 calves a year at their stud farm in Ripplebrook in West Gippsland. »

BREAKING: ICC issues arrest warrants for Putin, Russian official tied to kidnapping of Ukrainian children

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued arrest warrants for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, the Russian official allegedly overseeing the forced deportations of Ukrainian children to Russia.

In its statement, the ICC writes that it believes Putin “bears individual criminal responsibility” as the leader of Russia for the crimes committed against Ukrainian children.

"I applaud the ICC decision to issue arrest warrants for Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova over forcible transfer of Ukrainian children. »