MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — From the highlights from the second GOP debate to a 14-year-old Texas teen’s clock arrest, here are the four stories to know for Thursday, Sept. 17.

2nd GOP Debate

Carly Fiorina is all the buzz Thursday morning after 11 Republican Presidential candidates tried to out Reagan-each-other.

The second debate lasted almost as long as the Twins game, 3 hours, at the Ronald Reagan presidential library.

Donald Trump was in everyone’s cross-hairs.

Ben Carson had been rising in the polls. but many pundits say, he did not distinguish himself at all.

Ahmed’s Clock

A homemade gadget meant to impress his teachers landed a Texas teen in handcuffs instead.

Ahmed Mohamed, 14, dreams of becoming an engineer.

On Monday, he brought this homemade clock to class to show off. But when it started beeping, police were called and Ahmed was suspended for having a hoax bomb.

While he’s not being charged, the case is stirring up a firestorm online.

President Obama is even weighing in and has invited Ahmed to show him his clock at the White House.

U.S. Bank Stadium’s ‘Topping Off’

It’s a major milestone for the Vikings’ new home.

On Thursday, crews will put the highest and last steel beam into place on U.S. Bank Stadium.

However, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, both inside and outside, before it opens in July of 2016.

In the meantime… the Vikings don’t play until Sunday, but you can get your football fix tonight on WCCO.

Thursday Night Football features the Denver Broncos taking on the Kansas City Chiefs at 6:30 p.m.

Happy Minnesota

Smile, we’re all in a good place this morning!

A new study from finance website, Wallet Hub, ranks Minnesota as the second happiest state in the country.

Emotional and physical well-being, work environment and community, environment and recreational activities were all factors that won Minnesota its second-place slot.

The No. 1 spot went to Utah.


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