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Veteran Given Mortgage-Free Home In Shoreview

On a quiet street in Shoreview, Lance Cpl. Tom Jacobson and his girlfriend Cassie are seeing their new home for the first time. They’ve been renting a house with Tom’s sister and two brothers, so this is a welcome change. Tom likes the kitchen with new appliances, and the bar in the basement. Cassie loves all the closet space.

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Hundreds Rally At MN Capitol For Legalized Marijuana

Hundreds of people rallied at the State Capitol Wednesday to legalize marijuana in Minnesota. Supporters say it’s less dangerous than beer, cigarettes, or even peanuts. Only one Minnesota lawmaker, Rep. Rena Moran, publicly expressed support for legal pot — noting that blacks in her Ramsey County district are eight times more likely to be arrested for possession.

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Trending Now: Goodwill Booming, Happy B-Day YouTube

It is time to see what’s Trending Now on ‘CCO. And who knows more about what’s going on around town and around the country than Jason Matheson.

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Allina Health Collects 10,000 Shoes For Kids In Need

Some local kids are going to start the spring running. It’s all thanks to the people at Allina Health, who have collected 10,000 shoes for kids in need.

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Signups Via Minn. Health Exchange Pass 200,000

The operators of Minnesota’s state-run health exchange say a little more than 200,000 people have signed up for coverage through the exchange.

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GOP Cries Foul Over Tax-Cut Letter Naming Dayton

Minnesota Republicans say the state Department of Revenue shouldn’t have cited Gov. Mark Dayton’s role in enacting recent tax breaks in a letter sent to people who might benefit.

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2 Suspected In Multiple Bank Robberies Charged In Dakota Co.

Two people have been charged in connection with a TCF Bank robbery in Burnsville and are suspected in another bank robbery in Maple Grove. On Wednesday, 50-year-old Rory Alan Mitchell was charged with one count of robbery while 43-year-old Kimberly Anne Hillage was charged with one count of aiding an offender in connection with the April 15 bank robbery. Both have no known home address.

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Buy Coffee From Small Shops Or The Grocery? Expect A Price Hike

Your morning cup of coffee could soon get more expensive. Wholesale coffee prices have shot up to a two-year high. A drought in Brazil is partly to blame, as a third of the world’s coffee is grown there.

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Homeowner: 2 Teens Shot Were ‘Vermin,’ Not Human

Authorities who searched the home of a Minnesota man who shot and killed two teens testified Wednesday that they found an audio recorder that was turned on, an operating surveillance system and a cellphone jamming device.

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Officials: 12 Released From Hospital After Downtown Bus Crash

A dozen people are out of the hospital following an incident Tuesday night in downtown Minneapolis where a bus ran into a pedestrian and a traffic pole, causing several bus passengers to suffer minor injuries due to the abrupt stop.

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Supreme Court Reverses Sex Offender’s Commitment

The Minnesota Supreme Court has taken the unusual step of reversing the commitment of a man to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program and sent the case back to a lower court for further proceedings. The high court reaffirmed Wednesday that courts must find sex offenders “highly likely” to reoffend before civilly committing them to the secure treatment program, which is the subject of a constitutional challenge in federal court and debate at the Legislature.

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Senate Approves Added Job Protections For Women

The Minnesota Senate approved wide-ranging legislation Wednesday to expand workplace protections for women including provisions aimed at leveling pay and accommodating pregnancies. The 51-14 vote sets up a likely negotiation with the House, which passed legislation that goes even further.

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Kandiyohi Co. Man Killed In ATV Accident

A 76-year-old Lake Lillian man is dead after the ATV he was driving flipped on top of him Tuesday night, according to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s office. The accident happened just after 8 p.m. on the 12000 block of Big Kandi Drive.

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State Lawmaker Sued For Defamation By Ex-Boyfriend

A state lawmaker from Alexandria is being sued for defamation by an ex-boyfriend whom she has accused of threatening and stalking her. The lawsuit by McLeod County Republican Party chairman Eric Harpel claims his reputation was ruined by statements Rep. Mary Franson of Alexandria made.

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Audit Of Coach Hoffner Firing Sought

Top officials at Minnesota State, Mankato are asking state auditors to review the dismissal of head football coach Todd Hoffner. The coach has returned to the university after he was reinstated by an arbitrator who said he was improperly fired.

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Heyday Opens In Uptown

The highly anticipated restaurant by Jim Christiansen, Lorin Zinter and Mike Prickett has finally opened at 27th and Lyndale.

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Cook St. Paul To Open In Former Serlin’s Cafe Space

Their motto — good food, good service, no frills. Cook St. Paul opens April 17 in the former Serlin’s Cafe space and they’re hoping to show the neighborhood they’ve got the same values as the old digs.

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Spring In Bloom On The WCCO Rooftop Studio

We celebrated our first 70-degree day in six months on the rooftop studio — a brand new feature you’ll be seeing a lot of this summer.

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MOA Expansion Renderings

Crews are breaking ground on the Mall of America expansion on March 18, 2014. Here are some renderings of what you can expect to see there soon.

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CSI: The Experience At Mall Of America

Based on the top-rated CSI television series, CSI: The Experience is a challenging and fun multi-sensory attraction that places guests in the role of crime scene investigators as they solve one of three true-to-life mysteries.

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President Obama’s Visit To St. Paul

When White House officials chose St. Paul’s Union Depot for President Barack Obama’s announcement of a $600 million competition for federal grants to fund infrastructure projects that create jobs, they picked a site that received nearly $125 million in federal funds for a major renovation.

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4-Legged Friends Unite At Twin Cities Pet Expo

For the first time, pets were allowed at the Twin Cities Pet Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Check out a few photos of the event.

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