MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — These are the four stories you need to know about from Tuesday, Dec. 6. They include a few Grammy nominations with Minnesota connections, and a significant transfer of land.
Japan To Receive 10K Acres Of U.S. Land
The United States will give back nearly 10,000 acres of land to Japan. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the land on Okinawa will be given back by the end of this month. The land is used by U.S. Marines for jungle warfare training. He made the announcement during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Just yesterday, the prime minister said he would visit Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Tomorrow marks 75 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Grammy Nominations Announced
The nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards have been announced, and as expected it’s going to be Adele versus Beyonce right down the line. Both received nominations for best album of the year, and their respective singles “Hello” and “Formation” were both nominated for best record of the year and best song of the year. Among Minnesota-connected nominations, R&B group KING (which includes twins and Minneapolitans Amber and Paris Strother) were nominated alongside Beyonce and Rihanna in best urban contemporary album. Also, The Okee Dokee brothers were nominated for best children’s album, and Prince’s final studio album “Hit N Run Phase Two” was nominated for best engineered album, non-classical.
Ikea Extending Parental Benefits
New parents working for Ikea in the U.S. will soon get longer parental leave. About 12,000 salaried and hourly employees will get up to four months of paid leave. The policy will apply to mothers and fathers who are birth, adoptive or foster parents staring Jan. 1. Previously, Ikea gave women giving birth five days of paid leave in addition to six to eight weeks of paid disability leave.
Oprah To Interview Outgoing First Lady
Oprah Winfrey will conduct Michelle Obama’s final one-on-one interview during her husband’s presidency. The interview will air with the title “First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House.” Winfrey will talk to Obama about her eight years as first lady, her accomplishments in the White House and plans for the future. The interview will air on WCCO Dec. 19.