MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — From the traffic outlook for Memorial Day travel plans, to an historic referendum vote on gay marriage in Ireland, here are the four stories you need to know for Friday, May 22.
Memorial Day Traffic
It’s Memorial Day weekend! Time to hit the road…
Just a reminder, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has suspended many of its projects, but many work zones are still active and unavoidable.
There are ramp and lane closures along 494 in Plymouth, Highway 100 in St. Louis Park and along 35E in St. Paul and I-35 near the Minnesota/Iowa border. Several detours are posted in west central Minnesota too.
Head to MnDOT’s website for a full list of what’s closed and what isn’t as you’re preparing travel plans for the holiday weekend.
Gay Marriage In Ireland
Ireland may be first country to pass a gay marriage via a national referendum, up for vote Friday. The country will vote on whether to allow same-sex couples to marry.
Opinion polls suggest the amendment will pass, although many say it could be a close finish. While some of Ireland’s bishops have spoken out against the gay marriage amendment, some prominent Irish clerics have signaled their support.
Duggar Son Admits To Sexual Molestation
A Duggar son, from the reality TV show “19 Kids and Counting,” admits to sexually molesting minors, including his sisters.
Police say Josh Duggar allegedly admitted to molesting 5 girls when he was 14. He cannot be charged because the statute of limitations has run out.
Josh apologized in a statement saying in part, “I hurt others, including my family and close friends.”
It’s Back: Clearly Canadian!
Clearly Canadian is coming back! Production of the defunct soda is staring up again due to a crowdfunding campaign.
Production of the original Clearly Canadian soda halted in 2009, and the company declared bankruptcy in 2010.
The brand’s new owner said production would resume if 25,000 cases were pre-ordered — and they hit that target!