What’s making news in Minneapolis, reported by the Star Tribune’s team of city reporters. Send news tips to baird.helgeson@startribune.com.

Wednesday roundup: The pit bull problem, stadium fine print, MPCA chief jumps to city

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Local business, People and neighborhoods, Politics and government, Public safety Updated: May 2, 2012 - 9:56 AM

What's making news in Minneapolis:

City shelter overrun with pit bull dog breeds: Rescue groups can't keep up with the number of abused, abandoned dogs. Dogs brought to the shelter include injured and dying animals that were dropped in alleys and behind garages, the casualties of dog fights. They may be the saddest victims of an urban fascination with a breed that symbolizes swagger, protection and profit. (Mary Jane Smetanka)

City's slice of stadium funding could jump: The city's contribution could reach $890 million if tax revenue grows by 5 percent each year for 30 years, based on a Star Tribune analysis of figures provided by the city's chief financial officer, Kevin Carpenter. (Eric Roper and Mike Kaszuba) But the fate of a stadium deal became much cloudier in the Legislature Tuesday, after Republican lawmakers unveiled their own plan for an open-air stadium that Mayor R.T. Rybak said the city would not support. (Baird Helgeson and Mike Kaszuba)

Rybak taps MPCA head for top city post: Paul Aasen, commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency, was on a Republican "watch list" of Dayton appointees at the Legislature. (Maya Rao and Josephine Marcotty)

Enriched curriculum for Washburn High School: Washburn has gotten a boost in its quest for more rigor with district approval of extending the International Baccalaureate program to all four grades. (Steve Brandt)

Tomato battle moves downtown: A year after thousands spent a late July afternoon heaving overripe fruit at one another, the second annual Midwest Tomato Fest is moving from Afton Alps to a downtown Minneapolis parking lot (next to Star Tribune headquarters), the better to lure what organizers hope will be 10,000 revelers. (Bill Ward)

45th annual Edina art fair honors Minneapolis artist Dewey James (Jill Jensen)

Ex-Somali soldier is arrested in stabbing death of roommate in Cedar-Riverside (Matt McKinney)

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