Bill Hudson

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Bill Hudson has been with WCCO-TV since 1989. The native of Elk River, Minn., says Channel 4 is the station he grew up with and aspired to work for.

“Dave Moore set the standard for all of us. I was blessed to have had the opportunity to work with one of the greatest!”

He is one of seven children, including two other brothers with careers in broadcasting. Jon does radio in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Rob is a television morning show anchor in Missoula, Montana. Must have been in the Uppertown water.

After spending stints reporting the news in Eau Claire and Milwaukee, Bill brought his skills to WCCO-TV as a general assignment reporter. In his many years with the station he’s covered a wide range of stories, including the Sioux City airline disaster, Hurricane Andrew, California Wildfires, the Waco siege and troops returning from Saudi Arabia following Desert Storm.

In addition, Bill has reported extensively on Minnesota’s contributions to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He accompanied the Minnesota National Guard to Panama and Honduras to cover stories involving anti-drug measures in Central America and nation building projects. In December 2003 he visited Minnesota National Guard soldiers on a peacekeeping mission in Bosnia.

Bill is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys being at the end of a fly rod or canoe paddle! He also likes to spend time in his wife Julie’s flower gardens doing the “heavy lifting!”

Bill and Julie have two grown daughters. His advice to all young parents is to enjoy every possible moment with your kids. Says Bill, “it’s diapers to diamonds in a heartbeat.”

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Good Samaritan Rescues Mom, Child From Car Fire

It was a terrifying moment for a young mother Sara Sorby and her infant son on Monday when the vehicle they were driving began filling with smoke.

02/10/2015

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New App Helps Parents Track St. Paul School Buses

Each day some 900 school bus routes are in operation, bringing St. Paul students safely to and from school. Andrew Nelson’s daughter is one of those students.

02/09/2015

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Peterson Calls Hearing ‘Fair,’ Wants To Return To Vikings

The NFL Players Association’s attempt to have Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reinstated has been taken under advisement by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge David Doty heard arguments from the NFLPA and the NFL on Friday. He did not provide a timetable for his decision.

02/06/2015

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Meth Still A Problem In Minnesota

Brian Fitch was collecting on methamphetamine debts when he shot and killed Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick last July.

02/05/2015

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Fitch Sentenced To Life Without Parole For Officer’s Killing

Brian Fitch Sr., who was convicted this week in the shooting death of Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

02/04/2015

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Head Of Fitch Jury: State Had ‘Solid Case’

The foreperson of the jury that convicted Brian Fitch Sr. of murder Monday says the decision wasn’t that difficult. Fitch was found guilty of all nine counts against him, stemming from the killing of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick last July.

02/03/2015

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Jury Deliberations Begin In Fitch Trial

After six days of testimony, 50 witnesses and more than 130 pieces of evidence, the fate of Brian Fitch Sr. is now in the hands of a jury in Stearns County Court. Fitch is accused of first-degree murder for the July 30, 2014, killing of Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick.

02/02/2015

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Drone Regulations Coming As Safety Concerns Rise

Because of the potential threats posed by unregulated drones, the government is in the process of developing operating protocols. The rules would govern where they can be flown, safe operating distances and for what purposes.

01/31/2015

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Jury To Get Case Monday In Brian Fitch Sr. Murder Trial

There was a rapid end to the Brian Fitch Sr. murder trial in St. Cloud on Thursday. The state wrapped up its case, and then the defense quickly rested without calling anyone to the stand.

01/29/2015

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Prosecution Wrapping Up Case Against Accused Cop Killer

Prosecutors are closing in on the end of their case against the man accused of killing Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick last July during a traffic stop.

01/28/2015

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Accused Cop Killer Made 25 Calls Day Of Officer’s Murder

Forensic scientists took the stand Tuesday at the Brian Fitch Sr. murder trial in Stearns County Court, explaining how they found and protected evidence linked to the crime. This is day four of the trial for Fitch, who is accused of killing Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick on July 30, 2014.

01/27/2015

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Officers Give Chilling Details Of Shootout With Accused Cop Killer

Monday, jurors heard graphic testimony from several of the officers who exchanged gunfire with Brian Fitch Sr., the man accused of shooting Officer Scott Patrick to death last July.

01/26/2015

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Jurors See Squad Car Footage Of Officer Patrick’s Death

After a two-day delay, opening statements have begun in the trial of a man accused of killing a Mendota Heights police officer.

01/22/2015

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The Antidote To Minn. Terror Recruitment Seeks Funding

Outside the State Office Building in St. Paul, a group of young men were snapping group selfies and smiling broadly. It was pure excitement as the Somali-Americans took a big step into American civics. They are with the group Ka Joog, and they had come to the Capitol to seek state funding for a vital cause — keeping the tug of foreign terror groups out of reach.

01/20/2015

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Coon Rapids Softball Player Fighting Rare Disease

In a University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital exam room, “Team Abby” awaits news. A young family is patiently keeping score in a six-month-long battle for life.

01/19/2015

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Minneapolis City Hall Clock Halts … As Planned

A downtown Minneapolis icon stopped running Monday morning, but don’t worry — it was all planned. The clock atop the historic Minneapolis City Hall now reads 6:30, and it will for much of the week.

01/19/2015

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CapX2020 Project Forced To Buy Organic Dairy

A popular organic dairy in Scott County is closing its doors after a major power line project skirted the property. The owners of Cedar Summit Dairy won a district court lawsuit that required a power consortium to buy the farm. The CapX2020 project is constructing huge transmission towers to move electricity across the upper Midwest.

01/13/2015

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NHL Seeks To Dismiss Concussion Lawsuit By Former Players

It’s a rough and tumble, fast and physical game played on a sheet of ice. But former National Hockey League players are engaged in another role inside the Burger Federal Courthouse in St. Paul.

01/08/2015

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64 Years Later, Korean War Soldier Comes Home

Despite bitterly cold temperatures, a funeral at Fort Snelling National Cemetery was more celebration than sadness.

01/07/2015

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Hearings Begin On Sandpiper Oil Pipeline Across Minnesota

A battle is underway over plans to build a 300-mile crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota’s lakes region. Public hearings are being held this week to consider the pros and cons of bringing more crude oil from North Dakota oil fields via an underground pipeline to a terminal in Superior, Wis.

01/05/2015

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Record Admissions At Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

This calendar year witnessed a record number of injured and orphaned wild animals receiving a helping hand. It was only possible due to the staff and volunteers at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville.

12/31/2014

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With Bitter Cold’s Return Comes Frozen Water Pipes

A sudden cold snap hitting Minnesota is all it takes to get the phones ringing at local plumbers. That’s because they’re the experts when it comes to thawing — and repairing — frozen water and drain pipes.

12/30/2014

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Local Boy Scout Earns All 139 Merit Badges

Matt Borchers set off on a goal to earn all of the merit badges that scouting offers.

12/29/2014

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Wabasha’s National Eagle Center Is Expanding

But, the National Eagle Center isn’t only teaching visitors about the remarkable eagle recovery–it’s also making sure the story continues.

12/26/2014

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Books For Africa Helps Kids Idled By Ebola Crisis

It’s the face of Liberia that is now capturing world attention. A coordinated fight is taking place in the African nation to control the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. But fighting the outbreak also has some negative but necessary side effects that will keep Liberian children from attending school.

12/23/2014

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