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WCCO-AM, WDIO-TV, MPR Among Top Minnesota AP Award WinnersWinners in the 2014 Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters news contest. Awards will be presented Friday night at the annual AP banquet at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington.
Gophers Women Fall Out Of AP Top 25The Minnesota women's basketball team has fallen out of the top 25 after consecutive losses.
Professor Talks AP's Legal Options Following Denied AppealAdrian Peterson continues to make headlines, two days after the NFL decided to deny his appeal and keep him suspended.
Governor Hopefuls Answer Nine QuestionsThe Associated Press invited Gov. Mark Dayton and his GOP challenger, Republican Jeff Johnson, to respond to several questions ahead of the Nov. 4 election. Click to read their verbatim answers.
Franken Welcomes Obama Plan On Islamic State Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken said Thursday that he's happy to have the outlines of a plan to combat the threat of Islamic State militants but that he wonders what effect it will have on recruitment for the terror group, including in Minnesota communities.
Minnesota's New US Attorney Plans New InitiativesMinnesota's new chief federal prosecutor says he's launching initiatives to combat human trafficking, heroin, fraud, violent crime and identity theft. It's an ambitious agenda for U.S. Attorney Andy Luger, who was sworn in Feb. 14. He filled a post last held by B. Todd Jones, who juggled dual roles for two years as both U.S. attorney in Minneapolis and acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Washington until the Senate finally confirmed him as director last July.
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Agent: Jared Allen Looking Forward To Free Agency The agent for defensive end Jared Allen says his client is looking forward to free agency, but he is not interested in a role as a situational pass rusher.
Source: Cassel To Re-Sign With Vikings person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that veteran quarterback Matt Cassel is re-signing with the Minnesota Vikings.
Veteran Cronin Joins AP Statehouse TeamMike Cronin is joining The Associated Press to report on Minnesota government and politics in St. Paul. Cronin, 44, has most recently worked at Minnesota Public Radio, where he has been part of the team covering the clergy abuse scandal in the St. Paul-Minneapolis Catholic Archdiocese.
Good Question: How Can A Pilot Get Lost?Every day, almost 30,000 planes take off and land in the United States without a hitch. But a new report released by the Associated Press found at least 150 flights have landed or almost landed at the wrong airport since the mid-90s. These flights include a cargo 747 that landed at a small Kansas airport last fall, eight miles from its intended target. And there was a Southwest 737 last month that was headed for Branson, Mo. but ended up at a small airport seven miles away.
MNsure Gives Users Troubleshooting Tips MNsure is releasing some tips they hope will help frustrated Minnesotans troubleshoot through its health insurance marketplace website. John Schadl, spokesman for MNsure, says they have gathered several common questions that operators at their call center are asked daily. The original deadline for enrollment was Monday, Dec. 23, but that deadline was extended to Dec. 31 after complaints of ongoing challenges that people faced while trying to enroll under the new federal health care law.
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