MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — From nationwide protests spawning from Baltimore to the NFL Draft’s arrival, here are the four stories you need to know for Thursday, April 30.

Baltimore Protests Go National

About a thousand people gathered in Gold Medal Park in Minneapolis to support the protesters in Baltimore.

Boston and New York held similar protests over the death of Freddy Gray, who died of spinal injuries after his arrest by Baltimore police.

The groups are demanding reforms to police procedures.

NFL Draft

The NFL Draft starts Thursday night and it’s in Chicago. It’s the first time it’s been help in the windy city in more than 50 years.

This is a look at “Draft Town” where an estimated 100,000 people will take part in festivities.

The Minnesota Vikings have the 11th overall pick in the first round.

The draft lasts three days.

New Home Battery From Tesla

Tesla is getting buzz for a battery announcement — but it has nothing to do with cars. It’s a home battery.

Board members for Tesla say the new battery would slash consumers’ electric bills by 25 percent just by being smarter about energy use.

It’s not clear what the battery will cost.

Andrew Wiggins’ Success

Minnesota Timberwolves player Andrew Wiggins is expected to be named Rookie of the Year Thursday.

The NBA will present him with the trophy at Target Center this afternoon. It will make him the only Wolves player to ever win the award.

Wiggins average nearly 17 points a game and played in all 82 games this past season.


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