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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: Why Do Some Workers Get Overtime While Others Don’t?

If you work long hours, your paycheck could soon be getting bigger. On Thursday, the president is expected to issue an executive order to direct the Department of Labor to extend overtime to millions of American workers.

03/12/2014

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Good Question: How Should Drivers Handle Potholes?

Signs of spring in Minnesota are blossoming into big holes in the pavement. Long deep freezes followed by quick thaws are the perfect ingredients for what one road official is calling a “killer pothole season.” A pothole doesn’t need to be deep or enormous to cause damage to a tire or a car’s suspension system.

03/11/2014

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Good Question: How Can A Plane Just Disappear?

It’s been almost three days since a Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 passengers vanished over Southeast Asian waters. On Monday, at least 75 ships and planes from several countries have been searching a 115-mile area around where the Boeing 777 disappeared from radar.

03/10/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Spring Edition

Mike from New Auburn asked: What’s the difference between meteorological spring and “real” spring?

03/07/2014

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Good Question: Why Are There So Many Mean, Anonymous Commenters Online?

Novelist Anne Rice, best known for her books about vampires, has signed onto a petition asking Amazon.com to stop allowing people to post anonymous reviews. In an interview with the Guardian, Rice says the “anti-author gangsters” make her a victim of bullying.

03/06/2014

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Good Question: What Do Parents Legally Owe Their Kids?

An 18-year-old New Jersey girl made headlines earlier this week when she sued her parents for not paying her college tuition.

Rachel Canning says she was kicked out of her home by her parents, but her mom and dad say their daughter left because she didn’t want to follow the rules. On Tuesday afternoon, a judge ruled in favor of the parents. Another hearing will be held in April to decide whether Canning left home on her own. So, when it comes to the law, what do we owe our children?

03/05/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All': Birds, Colds & Calendars

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for Heather Brown to dig into the Good Question mailbag to answer some of your best queries. And it looks like, despite it being so late in the season, people still have many questions about winter.

02/28/2014

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Good Question: Do Men Have Biological Clocks When It Comes To Kids?

We’ve always heard it’s the mom’s age that can affect the health of a child. But a new study shows if dads wait until their 40s or 50s, their children have an increased risk of autism, ADHD and bipolar disorders.

02/27/2014

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Good Question: What Are The Weather Rules When It Comes To Delivering Mail?

The inscription on New York City’s U.S. Postal Service headquarters reads: “Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

02/26/2014

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Good Question: Why Are Fast Food Places Jumping Into Breakfast?

What do you think of some egg and sausage wrapped in a waffle with a syrup on the side? Taco Bell is making a big bet you’re willing to try it. Its new Breakfast Waffle Taco and A.M. Crunchwrap are some of the new items available when the chain starts offering breakfast next month.

02/25/2014

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Good Question: Who’s Looking At Our Taxes?

Every year, the IRS receives 240 million tax returns. The Minnesota Department of Revenue processes 2.7 million returns. On Friday, WCCO viewer Brian from Shakopee was surprised when both the state and federal governments approved his filing within hours. He has a Good Question for us: Does an actual person actually read over tax forms, or does a computer program scan it for errors? According to Terri Steenblock, the assistant commissioner of individual taxes with the Minnesota Department Revenue, the answer can be both.

02/24/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All': Birds, Colds & Calendars

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for Heather Brown to dig into the Good Question mailbag to answer some of your best queries. We start with a question many of you have written in this winter concerning.

02/21/2014

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Good Question: Why Is WhatsApp Worth $19 Billion?

On Wednesday, Facebook announced it would buy WhatsApp, a free texting, picture-sending application popular in India, Latin American and Europe, for $19 billion. WhatsApp was created in 2009 and now reportedly has 52 employees. It brings in some revenue from a nominal $1 charge for some of its 450 million customers.

02/20/2014

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Good Question: Why Are We Drinking Less Milk?

When it comes to milk, Americans are drinking much less than we used to. According to USDA statistics, we drank 0.96 cups of milk a day in 1970. By 2010, that dropped to 0.61 cups.

02/19/2014

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Good Question: Why Can’t Pharmacies Sell Medical Marijuana?

A Star Tribune Minnesota Poll out Tuesday found that a slight majority – 51 percent — of Minnesotans favor legalizing medical marijuana. Already, 20 other states allow it, but patients must buy it through shops and dispensaries.

02/18/2014

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