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Heather Brown

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Heather Brown loves to put her innate curiosity to work to answer your Good Questions on WCCO 4 News at 10.

She returned to WCCO in October of 2012 after two years of reporting at WNYW, a Fox affiliate in New York City. In the Big Apple, she primarily covered New York City public schools, but had the opportunity to report on breaking news, Hurricane Sandy and the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.

Heather had been at WCCO from 2006 through 2010. Some of her most memorable stories included the destructive forest fires in the Boundary Waters, the Republican National Convention in St. Paul and the 35W bridge collapse. She also reported for CBS News on the historic flooding in Fargo and tornadoes in western Minnesota.

Before her journey to Minnesota, Heather worked at WIS in Columbia, S.C. There, she covered the 2004 S.C. Democratic presidential primary, reported on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina from Biloxi and produced an award-winning education series that helped students get school supplies needed in many South Carolina classrooms.

Heather is a born-and-raised Philadelphia gal. She graduated with honors from Colgate University, so cold winters are nothing new! After college, Heather worked at CNBC in Los Angeles producing business news stories. She spent almost two years on the west coast before heading to Boston. In 2003, she earned a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

She’s proud of her Department of Natural Resources firefighting certification, participation in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program and nine marathons. (The 2010 Twin Cities race was her PR!)

There’s a good chance you’ll find Heather and her husband running the Chain of Lakes or hitting up fun restaurants around town. But, give her a good book in front a warm fireplace and she’ll disappear for hours.

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Good Question: Is There A Natural Way To Induce Labor?

Over the past several months of answering viewer’s ‘Good Questions’, you’ve watched my belly grow. So, now that I’m closing in on end of this journey, I thought it appropriate to ask: Are there any natural tricks to inducing labor? According to father-of-three, Chris Shaffer, “It just takes a little sauerkraut and that baby will come right out.”

05/12/2014

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Good Question: Minnesota Wild Playoff Edition

On Tuesday night’s Game 3 of the Wild-versus-Blackhawks series, the Wild reported attendance was a record 19,416. So, Ruth and Greg asked: How does the Wild determine game attendance? “We get a report at the end of the night that tells us how many tickets were sold and that’s the number, like every other sports team, we put out,” said Wild spokesman Ryan Stanzel.

05/08/2014

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Good Question: Why Do We Like Getting Flowers?

This Mother’s Day, Americans are expected to spend an average of $163 on mom. According to the National Retail Federation, 81 percent of people will send cards and 66 percent will give flowers. Sweaters, books, CDs, gardening tools, a day at the spa and brunch rounded out the list.

05/07/2014

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Good Question: Why Do Our Allergies Make Us Feel So Terrible?

After our cold winter, experts are calling this spring a particularly bad season for allergy sufferers. All of that sneezing, itchy eyes, stuffy nose, and congestion can make for a miserable couple of months.

05/06/2014

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Good Question: Why Do We Pay CEOs So Much To Leave?

It’s not yet clear exactly how much newly resigned Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel stands to make from his severance package, but analysts say it could be anywhere from $9 million to $55 million. Target is expected to release its latest proxy statement this month.

05/05/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All': Robin Eggs, Fine Money & Dog Smell

Toni Lynn from North St. Paul asked: Why are robin eggs blue? According to DNR bird expert Carol Henderson, the pigments in the blood of the mom robin are embedded into the egg shell as the egg passes through the oviduct before it’s laid.

05/02/2014

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Good Question: What Can Watching Sports Do To Our Bodies?

If you didn’t know any better, you’d think it was the athletes doing all the work in Thursday night’s Wild-Avalanche Game 7. But plenty of fans had increased heart rates, higher blood pressure and sweaty palms – and those were the people that weren’t jumping up and down.

05/01/2014

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Good Question: Do You Have To Turn Headlights On During Rain?

Over the past several days of rain, some WCCO viewers have emailed us wondering: Why do some drivers not turn on their lights in the rain? “Some people are forgetting and some people aren’t aware, and I think some people are choosing to ignore that,” said Lt. Chris Erickson with the Minnesota State Patrol. “I hope that’s not the case.”

04/30/2014

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Good Question: Is It Ever OK To Leave Kids In Cars?

A new survey from Public Opinion Strategies of Washington, D.C. reveals that 14 percent of parents say they’ve left their children alone in a car. For parents of children under three years old, that percentage jumps to 23 percent. The study also found fathers are three times more likely (23 percent) than mothers (8 percent) to leave kids in cars.

04/29/2014

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Good Question: What Can The NBA Do To Punish A Team Owner?

The NBA commissioner will address racist statements attributed to LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Tuesday.  The statements, reportedly between Sterling and his girlfriend, surfaced over the weekend. In the recordings, a man is heard telling a woman, “Yeah, it bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?”

04/28/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Auto Dealership Logos & Summer Snow

Grant from Eden Prairie just bought a car, so he was wondering: Why do auto dealership put their logos on the back of the car? Several car dealerships were consulted about this ‘Good Question,’ and the final consensus was pretty obvious – advertising.

04/25/2014

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Good Question: Why Is Some Grass Greener?

Every spring, as the snow begins to melt, our lawns are usually mushy with brown spots. All of us wonder when they might start to green up. Sam Bauer, a turfgrass specialist with the University of Minnesota Extension, says don’t worry. He expects – with some more rain, sun, time and a little raking – most of the grass should green up later in May.

04/24/2014

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Good Question: How Often Do Mistrials Occur, And What Causes Them?

According to the American Bar Association, a judge can declare a mistrial due to the death of a juror or attorney, an error that would cause prejudice and couldn’t be rectified with jury instructions, impropriety in jury selection, jury misconduct or a hung jury.

04/23/2014

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Good Question: What Makes A Good Driver?

According to a 2011 survey from Allstate Insurance, 64 percent of people think they are “excellent” or “very good” drivers. But when asked to rate their friends, that percentage falls to 29 percent. It’s even lower, 22 percent, when it comes to rating peer groups.

04/22/2014

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Good Question: How Much Of A Prison Sentence Is Served Behind Bars

In July 2012 a judge sentenced Amy Senser to nearly 41 months for the hit-and-run death of Anousone Phanthavong. Less than two years later, she’s headed to work release. On Thursday, Senser is expected to move from the Shakopee Women’s Prison to either a county jail or halfway house at night and a job during the day. She’s expected to be there for six months before starting parole in October.

04/21/2014

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