MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — These are the four stories you need to know about for Wednesday, Sept. 7. They include a shocking confession that solves one of Minnesota’s most haunting mysteries, and a heartening development for an endangered species.
Man Confesses To Killing Jacob Wetterling
We know now what really happened the night Jacob Wetterling disappeared 27 years ago. Danny Heinrich says he kidnapped, molested and killed Jacob and buried his remains near a farm in Paynesville. The admission came after Heinrich reached a plea deal with prosecutors. In exchange for his confession, he pleaded guilty to one child porn charge and faces a maximum 20 years in prison.
Zika Bill Blocked
Congress remains deadlocked on funding to combat the Zika virus. Senate Democrats returning from their summer recess Tuesday blocked a more than $1 billion Zika funding package, citing restrictions on Planned Parenthood. Some Republicans signal a compromise could come by the end of the month.
Humpback Whales On The Way Back
Marine experts are calling it a true ecological success story. Federal authorities took most humpback whales off the endangered species list, saying their numbers have improved. That applies to nine of the 14 populations of humpback whales. Their numbers have steadily grown since a global ban on commercial whaling started nearly 50 years ago. That moratorium is still in effect.
Apple To Announce New Products
New iPhones, new Watches and new Macs are what Apple fans expect to see at the company’s big reveal event Wednesday. The most anticipated gadget is the iPhone 7. The removal of the headphone jack is the biggest expected change. There are also reports of Apple making wireless earbuds that would come with the phone.