4 Things To Know: Cosby In Court, Gov. Dayton’s Recovery & More

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — From Bill Cosby making an appearance in court to Gov. Mark Dayton’s recovery after fainting, here are the four stories to know for Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Cosby In Court

Bill Cosby faces his first hearing on the only criminal charges so far filed in the wake of drug and sex allegations.

The 78-year-old is accused of drugging and having sex with a former Temple University employee in 2004.

Cosby says it was consensual.

About 60 women have accused him of sexual misconduct.

Gene-Editing On Embryos

British scientists have approved conducting gene-editing experiments on human embryos.

Some ethicists warned the move is a step toward “designer babies.” But researchers say the embryos will be destroyed after seven days.

They say the goal is to better understand human development so they can improve fertility treatments and prevent miscarriages.

Gov. Dayton Back At It

Gov. Mark Dayton is back to his regular schedule Tuesday just a day after being released from the hospital.

Dayton’s senior adviser says doctors treated the governor for dehydration at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. He fainted at a political event in Woodbury Sunday night and then fainted again during the car ride home.

The DFL governor’s chief of staff said Dayton had felt pressure in his back while speaking in a hot, crowded room.

The governor had back surgery in December.

Groundhog Day

Get out the flip flops and bermuda shorts!

Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow this morning, so we are in for an early spring.

Phil has made that forecast just 18 times since 1887.

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