Sam's Top 5 Things to Know for Monday

1. Harvey causes 'catastrophic flooding' in Houston, thousands of rescue calls made

Fox News: Tropical Storm Harvey continued to hit southeastern Texas on Sunday with "catastrophic flooding" in Houston, forcing residents to flee to their roofs and higher ground as officials respond to thousands of 911 calls for rescues in the "unprecedented" event.

The National Hurricane Center's 7 p.m. CDT advisory shows the center of Harvey 120 miles southwest of Houston. Forecasters said "some slight re-strengthening is possible after the center moves off the coast on Monday night and Tuesday."

Rainfall from Harvey could reach up to 50 inches in some spots, making it the highest ever recorded in the state. The National Weather Service wrote on Twitter, "This event is unprecedented and all impacts are unknown and beyond anything experienced. Follow orders from officials to ensure safety,"

The storm has so far affected about a quarter of the Texas population, or 6.8 million people in 18 counties.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said during a news conference Sunday afternoon that Texas has now activated 3,000 National and State Guard members to combat the severe flooding and damage resulting from the storm. Abbott added that 500 vehicles and 14 aircraft have been put into service.

The Hill: President Trump will visit Texas on Tuesday amid the ongoing recovery efforts for Tropical Storm Harvey, according to the White House. The details of the trip, including the location of Trump's visit, are still to be determined.

“The president will travel to Texas on Tuesday," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. "We are coordinating logistics with state and local officials, and once details are finalized, we will let you know. We continue to keep all of those affected in our thoughts and prayers.”

Trump on Sunday praised the agencies responding to the disaster and said he planned to visit Texas.

“I will be going to Texas as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption. The focus must be life and safety,” the president wrote on Twitter.

 2. Fight Over Dayton's Budget Veto Heads to Supreme Court

Channel 5: Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican lawmakers are taking their fight over legislative funding to the state's highest court. Oral arguments in the Minnesota Supreme Court were set to begin Monday in the case between the Democratic governor and the Legislature. Lawmakers sued Dayton over his line-item veto of the Legislature's $130 million operating budget.

Dayton says he wants the Legislature to slim down a tax bill that he signed into law and remove several other measures passed as part of a $46 billion budget. But a lower court ruled the governor's action unconstitutional and restored lawmakers' funding. Dayton appealed that ruling.

3. Vikings Won against the 49ers last night

Channel 5: Brian Hoyer had the San Francisco offense humming after sputtering through the first two preseason games, passing for 176 yards and two touchdowns in the first half before the Minnesota Vikings rallied for a 32-31 victory over the 49ers on Sunday night.

Sam Bradford and the Minnesota starters again failed to reach the end zone, though Bradford was sharp when given time to throw. Jerick McKinnon scored on a 108-yard kickoff return in the third quarter, boosting his bid to take over that role.

4. Promoting her record as chief, Harteau fires up consulting and coaching business

Star Tribune: One month after resigning under fire as Minneapolis police chief, Janeé Harteau is turning to work as a consultant, coach and public speaker, promoting herself as a “visionary leader, trailblazer, transformational change agent.”

Those descriptive words greet visitors to Harteau’s new website,, where she is carving out a new career direction since she lost her job after 4½ years in the wake of the fatal shooting of resident Justine Ruszczyk Damond by a police officer on July 15.

Saying she is “now retired,” Harteau points out on the website that she “is no stranger to controversy and crisis, having led the Minneapolis Police Department through transformational change during some of the most politically charged and turbulent times in recent history.” Harteau’s company, Titanium Leadership LLC, registered with the Secretary of State’s Office on Aug. 18.

Her website is filled with photographs of her interacting with citizens around the city. It also lists numerous awards, her memberships in various law enforcement organizations and has a link to MPD 2.0, her effort in her first three years to build trust in the community by putting more cops on the beat. She also notes that she recently was named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine.

5. Four cups of coffee a day could slash chance of early death by two thirds

UK TELEGRAPH reports: Drinking four cups of coffee a day could slash the chance of early death, a major study suggests. Research on 20,000 middle-aged men and women found that those who drank it regularly had mortality rates almost two thirds lower.

Previous studies have found that coffee can improve liver function, reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. The new study suggests that it could reduce the chance of early death from all causes - by as much as two thirds. Every extra two cups were associated with a 22 per cent drop in mortality - rising to 30 per cent among older patients in the study. And those drinking four cups had a 64 per cent lower death risk, compared with those who never or rarely consumed coffee.


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