Your need-to-know guide for Minnesota primary day

Richard Gapinski scans his ballot while voting vote at the Lutheran Memorial Church ELCA Precinct 3 in South St. Paul, which historically has a high voter turnout and an older demographic, on August 14, 2018. Gapinski says he has been voting in the precinct for over 50 years and votes in most elections. Angela Jimenez for MPR News

You're not too sure about the Tuesday primaries, the voting process and what you can and can't do at your polling place. You have questions. We have answers.

Video: What's a primary election?

Stickers and pins that read "I voted" sit in a basket at the Ramsey County Elections Plato Building in St. Paul, Minn. on Aug. 13, 2018. Lacey Young | MPR News

Minnesota has an unusually long list of races on the primary ballot this year including governor, both U.S. Senate seats, all eight congressional seats, secretary of state, auditor and attorney general. Here's what you need to know before heading to the voting booth.

At least 35 people die after span of busy highway bridge collapses in Italy

Rescuers work among the rubble of the collapsed Morandi Bridge in Genoa, northern Italy, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Luca Zennaro | ANSA via AP

The private broadcaster Sky TG24 said that a 200-meter section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed over an industrial zone.

Law gives officers wide discretion in deadly force incidents

John Thompson, activist and friend of Philando Castile, arrives near the scene of an officer-involved shooting Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Minneapolis. Police in Minneapolis say officers shot and killed a man who was firing a handgun as he walked down a city street. Aaron Lavinsky | Star Tribune via AP

Recent fatal shootings by police officers have prompted discussion about the laws around deadly use of force and the discretion officers are given by the law.

Minn., South African choirs merge traditions -- and languages -- in Johannesburg

Members of the Gauteng Choristers and the Minnesota Chorale quickly found ways of helping each other sing challenging material from each other’s tradition.. The Gauteng Choristers rehearsed with the Minnesota Chorale in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, during the Minnesota Orchestra's two-week, five-city tour of the country. It's being billed as the first time a U.S. orchestra has toured the country. The two choirs will perform later this week. Euan Kerr | MPR News

The Minnesota Chorale and the Gauteng Choristers rehearsed Monday for what is likely to be a historic concert at the end of the week.

Report IDs over 1,000 victims of priest abuse in Pennsylvania

In this June 30, 2015, file photo, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, speaks while outlining the schedule for Pope Francis' September 2015 visit to Washington, during a news conference at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington. Wuerl wrote to priests to defend himself on the eve of the scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, release of a grand jury report investigating child sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses. Susan Walsh/AP

A Pennsylvania grand jury says its investigation of clergy sexual abuse identified more than 1,000 child victims.

Feds urge states to encourage cheaper health plans off insurance exchanges

The government suggests that insurers offer plans off the health law marketplaces that don't have surcharges added last year to make up for a cut in federal funding.

Manafort's defense rests after calling no witnesses

Kevin Downing, left, and Thomas Zehnle, the attorneys for Paul Manafort, arrive for the trial as it continues in federal court in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. Win McNamee | Getty Images

Paul Manafort's defense rested its case Tuesday without calling any witnesses in the former Trump campaign chairman's tax evasion and fraud trial. Manafort himself chose not to testify.

Nebraska carries out 1st execution using fentanyl

A federal three-judge panel denied a drug company's request to halt the execution set for Tuesday morning over concerns about whether the state obtained the drugs improperly.

What's in your shopping cart? A battleground for global trade

As a trade war brews between the U.S. and its major trading partners, we looked into the carts of back-to-school shoppers to see how global trade might show up in their baskets

Former Sen. Coleman is in new cancer fight

The 68-year-old, who had successfully battled throat and neck cancer years ago, says he is undergoing intensive treatment for lung cancer.

Trump lashes out at Omarosa, calls her 'that dog'

This image released by NBC Today shows reality TV personality and former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman during an interview on the "Today" show on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in New York. Manigault Newman was promoting her book "Unhinged." ***MUST BE USED WITHIN 14 DAYS FROM TRANSMISSION; NO ARCHIVING; NO LICENSING; MANDATORY CREDIT.*** Zach Pagano | NBC via AP

The president tweeted a barrage of insults Tuesday morning as Omarosa Manigault Newman continued promoting her White House tell-all. It paints a damning picture of Trump, including her claim that he used racial slurs on the set of his reality show "The Apprentice."

French theme park asks: Crows can pick up trash, why can't you?

A rook at Puy du Fou theme park in France uses a special box designed to receive trash and reward the bird with food. ***NOT FOR USE AS FILE ART; ONLY FOR USE WITH NPR STORY*** Courtesy of Pou du Fuy theme park

A team of six trained birds -- rooks, actually -- is collecting paper and cigarette stubs at the Puy du Fou park in western France. They drop the trash into a container in exchange for food.

An Iraq veteran, heroin addict, bank robber and debut novelist

Nico Walker is currently in federal prison for bank robbery. That's given him plenty of time to write his semi-autobiographical novel "Cherry," which has received glowing advance reviews.

Another firefighter dies battling Northern California wildfire

Officials say the firefighter died Monday at the site of the Mendocino Complex Fire. Over the past several weeks, a total of six firefighters have died in connection to wildfires.

UK police treat Parliament crash as terrorism, man arrested

A police officer stands in front of a car that crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament to the right of a bus in London, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Alastair Grant | AP

A man in his late 20s was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses. The suspect was not cooperating with police, and officers were working to confirm his identity.

Child dies in swing set collapse in Zumbrota

Police say the 4-year-old child was swinging Monday morning when the structure collapsed. It's the second time this month that a child has died in a swing set accident.

Feds to distribute $16M to Petters' fraud victims

Lawyer Douglas Kelley, the receiver atop the $3.45 billionTom Petters paper empire, addresses the media following the sentencing for Petters of fraud on Thursday, April, 8, 2010. MPR News Photo/Steve Mullis

Tom Petters was convicted of leading a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme and sentenced in 2010 to 50 years in prison.

Ben Carson moves forward with push to change fair housing rule

HUD Secretary Ben Carson is moving to overhaul an Obama-era rule intended strengthen the 1968 Fair Housing Act and combat housing segregation.

Learning a life lesson from Arctic explorer Will Steger

Steger Wilderness Center for Innovation and Leadership, located near Ely, Minn. Photo courtesy of Steger Wilderness Center

A failure this summer reminded legendary explorer Will Steger of the power of the human mind and the resilience of the human spirit.

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