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41 Indicted In Alleged Heroin Ring On Reservations

Forty-one people are facing federal charges in an alleged drug trafficking conspiracy that distributed drugs across the Upper Midwest and on two large Minnesota Indian reservations.

05/28/2015

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Health Department Not Inspecting Closed Pools

A WCCO investigation has uncovered a gap in state pool inspections that the St. Paul fire marshal says may have contributed to a tragedy involving two young brothers.

05/26/2015

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Talking Points: Dayton, Daudt Hopeful Ahead Of Special Session

A special session that was expected to be difficult just got a whole lot messier. On Saturday, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the agriculture-and-environment bill, as well the jobs bill. That’s on top of the education bill he also vetoed earlier in the week.

05/24/2015

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Archdiocese Under Investigation In Pedophile Priest Case

The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office has launched a new criminal investigation into how top officials at the Twin Cities Archdiocese handled the case of a convicted pedophile priest.

05/21/2015

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Mom Of Terror Suspect Says She Can’t Talk To Son In California

Five young terror suspects accused of trying to join ISIS all entered not guilty pleas Wednesday at a hearing in federal court in Minneapolis.

05/20/2015

Adnan Abdihamid Farah, Hanad Mustafe Musse, Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman and Guled Ali Omar (credit: Sherburne County Jail, Anoka County Sheriff and Hennepin County Sheriff)

Minn. Men Accused Of Using Federal Student Loan Money To Join ISIS

Federal authorities announced Tuesday a superseding indictment charging a total of seven Minnesota men with conspiring to help the Islamic State.

05/19/2015

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4 ‘Ghost Hunters’ Arrested In Litchfield Church Break-In

Four people have been arrested for allegedly breaking into a historic Litchfield church with the intention of looking for ghosts.

05/18/2015

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Lt. Gov. Tina Smith: Why Won’t The Legislature Compromise On Education?

Gov. Mark Dayton is not wavering in his threat to veto any education bill that doesn’t include more money for Minnesota schools and funding for universal pre-K, his top officer said on Sunday.

05/17/2015

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Defenders Of Minn. Men Accused Of Trying To Join ISIS Claim Entrapment

Defenders of some Minnesota men accused of trying to join ISIS say the FBI entrapped them. The government charged four men and two of their friends with trying to go overseas: Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21; Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19; Abdurahman Yasin Daud, 21; Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19; and Guled Ali Omar, 20.

05/13/2015

Adnan Abdihamid Farah, Hanad Mustafe Musse, Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman and Guled Ali Omar (credit: Sherburne County Jail, Anoka County Sheriff and Hennepin County Sheriff)

Judge Orders Terror Suspects To Remain In Jail Prior To Trial

Five Minnesota terror suspects will remain in jail, at least for now, as they wait for their trial. But a judge left the possibility open that he would consider putting them in halfway houses or some other less restrictive setting.

05/12/2015

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Talking Points: Use Of Paid Informant Causes Concern In Somali Community

Unprecedented security is expected Tuesday when four of six Minnesota terror suspects arrested last month appear in federal court in Minneapolis.

05/10/2015

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Tweet Threatens High-Ranking Military Member

United States military bases are on their highest alert in four years Friday night. While a Pentagon spokesperson stressed it was not due to a specific threat, a WCCO investigation has found a specific tweet on April 30 listing the address on a U.S. military base of a top U.S. general in charge of leading the U.S. response to ISIS.

05/08/2015

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Minn. Terror Suspect Returns To Twitter, Posts False Information

A fugitive Minnesota terror suspect was back on Twitter Tuesday, spreading false information about a Texas attack to ISIS sympathizers. WCCO reported Monday how the Minnesotan known as Mujahid Miski encouraged one of two gunmen involved in an attempted attack on a Texas event.

05/05/2015

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Former Minnesota Man Played Key Role In Inciting Texas Terror Attack

A WCCO Investigation has found that a Minneapolis man wanted for terrorism encouraged one of the shooters in Sunday’s attack at a cartoon contest in Texas. Both attackers died when a police officer returned fire at the event in Garland.

05/04/2015

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Talking Points: Shutdown Specter Looms Over Budget Battle

It’s crunch time at the state Capitol. By law, legislators need to have the budget balanced and their business done by May 18, which is just two week from Monday.

05/03/2015

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Man Accused Of Tweeting Threats Over ISIS Arrests To Remain In Jail

The Minneapolis man charged with making threats in retaliation over the six Minnesota men who prosecutors say were trying to join ISIS will remain in jail.

04/29/2015

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In Settlement, St. John’s Abbey Monk Admits To Abusing Student

Secret abuse files kept hidden inside a Minnesota monastery are coming to light. As part of a new legal settlement, The Rev. Allen Tarlton had to admit he sexually assaulted Troy Bramlage at St. John’s Preparatory School in the 1970s.

04/28/2015

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Southwest LRT Project Under Scrutiny Following $341M Price Hike

Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that he’s “shocked and appalled” to learn that the Metropolitan Council raised its estimate for the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project by $341 million for a total budget of nearly $2 billion.

04/27/2015

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Talking Points: ‘No Simple Answers’ In Stopping Terror Recruitment

It’s been one week since news broke that six young Minnesota men were charged with trying to join ISIS.

04/26/2015

Adnan Abdihamid Farah, Hanad Mustafe Musse, Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman and Guled Ali Omar (credit: Sherburne County Jail, Anoka County Sheriff and Hennepin County Sheriff)

4 Accused Of Trying To Join ISIS Ordered Jailed Until Trial

The situation was tense Thursday as four of the six Minnesotans accused of trying to leave the country and join the group ISIS appeared in federal court. There were angry outbursts and cries for justice as the suspects were ordered jailed until trial.

04/23/2015

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WCCO Investigates Minnesota’s Sex Offender Program

For more than two decades, Minnesota’s most dangerous sex offenders have been locked up a second time after serving prison sentences. They’ve been committed to indefinite detention in treatment programs after parole.

04/22/2015

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Terror Suspect’s Sister: ‘I Feel Like My Brother Got Set Up’

We are learning more about one of the six Minnesota men accused of trying to join ISIS. The sister of 20-year-old Guled Omar spoke to WCCO Wednesday evening. “I believe that my brother is innocent and that he didn’t do anything wrong,” Shukri Omar said.

04/22/2015

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Talking Points: Author Says Only 10 States Matter In A Presidential Race

It may seem a little early, but this past week has seen an awful lot of activity in presidential politics.

04/19/2015

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Talking Points: House Speaker Daudt Supports Sunday Liquor Sales

With deadlines looming at the State Capitol, the next few weeks will see heated debate over what to do with the state’s $1 billion budget deficit. And you will also hear debate over an issue that seems to come up every year — Sunday liquor sales.

04/12/2015

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Ka Joog, ‘Enriching Life Of Young Somali-American Youth’

Mohamed Farah, the executive director of Ka Joog, spoke with WCCO-TV’s Esme Murphy on Sunday about the recent massacre in Kenya, in which some of Farah’s relatives were injured.

04/12/2015

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