Heather Brown

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Heather Brown loves to put her 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!)

On the weekends, there’s a good chance you’ll find Heather, her husband and their two kids exploring the lakes, parks and restaurants all over Twin Cities. But, give her a good book in front a warm fireplace and she’ll disappear for hours.

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Good Questions: National Anthem, Flu Names & Lakes

Gaylene from St. Paul asks: Why do we put our hands over our hearts during the national anthem? It is actually part of United States law. The U.S. Flag Code was adopted in 1923, and it says when the flag is present during the anthem, veterans and members of the Armed Forces should give the military salute.

06/12/2015

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Good Question: Why Do Telemarketers Still Call?

In 2014, almost 50,000 Minnesotans complained to the Federal Trade Commission about telemarketers and robocalls. These people are on the Do Not Call List, but are still being interrupted by the ringing phone.

06/11/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Use The Numbers 911 For Emergencies?

Every day, 650,000 people call 911. For some of us, it is the first phone number we learn. It has become such a part of our lives that we even hear stories of 3-year-olds using it to get help. So, that had Kendal and her great-aunt Cathe wondering: Why do we use the numbers 911?

06/10/2015

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Good Question: How Are Our Goods Shipped Over The Country?

Late Tuesday night, the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam will be closed for good. It’s an attempt to stop invasive Asian carp from getting into Minnesota’s lakes.

06/09/2015

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Good Question: How Often Do Prisoners Escape?

Investigators spent the day questioning prison workers and contractors trying to figure out how two killers escaped from a maximum security prison. So, how often do prisoners escape? Good Question.

06/08/2015

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Good Questions: Pizza Boxes, Bird Songs, & Pairs Of Pants

Every Friday, Heather Brown digs into the mailbag to answer some of your Good Questions. This week, we’re looking at pizza pies, pairs of pants and pretty avian ditties.

06/05/2015

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Good Question: How Can Humans Catch The Bird Flu?

The Centers for Disease Control issued another warning Wednesday to doctors and health officials: be on the lookout for people infected with avian flu. Minnesota health officials right now are monitoring poultry workers and others who might be exposed to infected birds. So far, no one has shown signs of getting sick.

06/04/2015

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Good Question: Which Musicians Make The Most On Tour?

The Rolling Stones have been touring 53 years, with their first gig was in London in 1962. Over that time, they’ve joined a small group of artists who’ve pulled in more $1 billion going on the road.

06/03/2015

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Good Question: Should You Buy Or Lease A Car?

Car leasing is at an all-time high. According to a new report by Experian Automotive, 31.4 percent of new vehicles were leased in the first quarter of 2015. Experts say it’s partly due to lower monthly car payments and better car technology.

06/02/2015

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Good Question: Why Don’t We Remember Traumatic Events?

Comedian Tracy Morgan has spent the past year recovering from broken bones and serious brain injuries after a serious car accident. He also said he didn’t remember anything about the crash. So, why don’t we remember traumatic events? Good Question.

06/01/2015

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Good Questions: Camouflage Uniforms, Steering Wheels, License Plates

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores the Twins’ camouflage jerseys, boats’ steering wheels and license plate replacements.

05/29/2015

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Good Question: How Do Our Traffic Lights Work?

When we’re stuck at a red light, it can seem like there’s no rhyme or reason to how traffic signals work.

But, there is a huge system in place with the goal of shortening the time we all, collectively, spend on the road.

05/28/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Get Ice Cream Headaches?

The scientific name for the brain freeze we can get from eating something cold too fast is called “sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia,” which means pain in your nerve on the roof of your mouth. Why exactly it happens isn’t quite clear, even to neurologists.

05/27/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Have Statutes Of Limitations?

Reality TV star Josh Duggar has apologized for what he called “wrongdoing” in response to reports he molested five girls starting in 2002. Authorities have reportedly said he can’t be prosecuted because the statute of limitations has run out.

05/26/2015

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Good Question: Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?

It’s a sign of summer — when Minnesota’s unofficial state bird takes over our barbeques and baseball games. The mosquito can do quite a number on our skin. So why do mosquito bites itch? Good Question.

05/25/2015

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Good Questions: Prom, Birds & The HOV Lane

Every Friday, Heather Brown tackles some of our viewers’ burning questions. This week, she’ll tell you how “prom” got its name, where birds go in rainstorms, and how police enforce the HOV lane on the highway.

05/22/2015

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Good Question: What Does CHS Do?

The St. Paul Saints played their first game in their new stadium Thursday: CHS Field. The Inver Grove Heights-based Fortune 500 company bought the naming rights to the ballpark last fall, and acknowledged not many people knew who they are. So, what does CHS, Inc. do?

05/21/2015

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Good Question: What Happens At The County Workhouse?

What most people, including judges, lawyers and inmates, know as the Ramsey County Workhouse is actually called the Ramsey County Correctional Facility. It’s located on Century Avenue, on the border of Maplewood and Woodbury ,and sits next to a county nine-hole golf course. There are two separate areas for men and women.

05/20/2015

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Good Question: How Often Are There Special Sessions?

On Tuesday, Gov. Mark Dayton sent a veto letter to House Speaker Kurt Daudt for what the governor called an “insufficient” $17 billion education budget bill.

05/19/2015

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Good Question: How Much Of A Threat Are Biker Gangs?

On Monday, prosecutors in Texas charged 170 members of rival motorcycle gangs with engaging in organized crime. So, how much of a threat are these biker gangs? Good Question.

05/18/2015

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Good Questions: Turkey Eggs, Newspapers, MOA Money Ponds

Connie from Blaine wants to know: Why don’t we eat turkey eggs? Chickens lay eggs more often than turkeys — usually once a day versus a turkey’s every other day. Chickens also don’t incubate their eggs as long as turkeys.

05/15/2015

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Good Question: How Does Facial Recognition Technology Work?

A man was shot in New York City Thursday after he attacked an NYPD officer and four others with a hammer. Investigators had been able to identify David Baril by linking a subway surveillance photo with an old mug shot through facial recognition software.

05/14/2015

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Good Question: Is There A Safe Amount Of Sun?

The picture of a 27-year-old Alabama woman with skin cancer has gone viral. Tawny Willoughby, a registered nurse, posted the photo to Facebook of the damage caused by her basil cell carcinoma. She has what look like bloody cuts and burns on her face.

05/13/2015

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Good Question: Why Is AOL So Valuable?

You’ve got mail! Remember that slogan? It’s probably what many people think of when they hear about AOL. But, on Tuesday, the communications company was back in the news after Verizon announced it will buy AOL for $4.4 billion.

05/12/2015

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Good Question: How Did Minnesota Get Its Name?

On May 11, 1858, Minnesota officially became the 32nd state. So, Cassandra from Cannon Falls asks: How did Minnesota get its name? Good Question.

05/11/2015

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