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Talking Points: A $4 Million Bet On A Super Bowl Ad

More than $4 million for a 30 second ad — that was the going rate for this year’s Super Bowl. But is it really worth it?

02/01/2015

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Mental Illness Expert Talks Recent Minn. Shootings

The New Hope City Hall shooting has raised concerns over deadly violence and those who appear to be suffering from mental illness.

02/01/2015

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Emotions Flare As Dog Torture Suspect Appears In Court

It was an emotionally charged day in Sherburne County court Wednesday as a Princeton man faced charges that he videotaped the beating and torture death of his girlfriend’s dog.

01/28/2015

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Talking Points: St. Paul’s Paid Parental Leave

In his State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama asked Congress for $2 billion to help states create paid family and medical leave programs.

01/25/2015

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Lawmaker On Repealing Sunday Sales Ban: ‘This Could Be The Year’

For 82 years, a Minnesota law has prevented the sale of alcohol in liquor stores on Sunday. And it seems for almost that long, legislators have annually proposed repealing that law. This year is no exception.

01/25/2015

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Man Rescued From Overturned, Submerged SUV

Rescuers who pulled a man from his car after it plunged into an icy creek are shocked he survived. Yee Vang of East Bethel owes his life to those rescuers who had the right equipment to get him out quickly.

01/19/2015

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Talking Points: Obama’s Tax Plan And The Middle Class

Just days before his State of the Union address, President Obama unveiled a major tax proposal that calls for raising taxes on the wealthy and large financial firms.

01/18/2015

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1 Killed, Firefighter Injured In 2 Overnight Mpls. Fires

One person is dead and one firefighter suffered minor injuries in two separate fires in Minneapolis overnight. The two fires were also called in minutes apart, stretching the resources of the Minneapolis Fire Department. This is the second deadly fire in Minneapolis this year. Firefighters also had to battle with overnight temperatures that dipped well below zero.

01/13/2015

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Talking Points: Gas Prices, Keystone Pipeline

As gas prices continue to drop, the debate over building the Keystone pipeline is heating up. Supporters say the pipeline will help keep prices low. But critics warn the pipeline could actually increase prices in our region and will only lead to few permanent jobs.

01/11/2015

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Pracna On Main To Reopen In The Spring, Building Owner Says

It seems Minneapolis’ oldest bar may have closed its doors for good. On Tuesday, would-be customers and passersby noticed that Pracna on Main was closed. The bar and restaurant was built in 1890 and sat along the cobblestones of the city’s oldest street.

01/07/2015

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Talking Points: Will Gas Prices Continue To Fall?

Sticker shock at the pump continues in the Twin Cities and around the nation. And for motorists filling up, it’s the good kind of shock.

01/04/2015

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Good Question: What’s The Benefit Of Playing Bowl Games?

This year marks the first time in 53 years that the University of Minnesota has played in a New Year’s Day bowl game. Despite the Gophers’ loss to the University of Missouri at the Citrus Bowl Thursday, WCCO wondered what benefit Minnesota gets for being in a big-time bowl game.

01/01/2015

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Girl Quarantined With Mumps Received Vaccination

A Twin Cities mom says her 6-year-old daughter contracted the mumps despite getting all of her vaccines on time. The little girl, named Aurora, is in quarantine right now through Christmas to prevent others from getting the highly-contagious disease that has no known cure or treatment.

12/22/2014

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Interview: Alan Page Talks Children’s Book, Race In America

Justice Alan Page has served on the Minnesota Supreme Court eight years longer than he played in the NFL. He’s in the football Hall of Fame, and now he’s added another title to his name – children’s book author.

12/21/2014

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Talking Points: Bachmann Leaving Congress, Not Politics

After 8 years in Congress, one of Minnesota’s best known political figures is leaving office. But Rep. Michele Bachmann isn’t leaving quietly.

12/21/2014

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Suspect Shot By Police Was H.S. Student In Washington State

Authorities say that the suspect who police believe is behind a deadly shooting and high speed chase in the Twin Cities on Wednesday was a high school student in Washington state.

12/18/2014

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Professor Talks AP’s Legal Options Following Denied Appeal

Adrian Peterson continues to make headlines, two days after the NFL decided to deny his appeal and keep him suspended.

12/14/2014

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Interview: MNsure CEO Talks Enrollment, Website Issues

Scott Leitz, the head of MNsure, spoke with Esme Murphy on WCCO Sunday Morning, a day before the scheduled deadline for consumers to sign up for health insurance as required by the Affordable Care Act.

12/14/2014

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Man Charged With Punching 1-Year-Old Son To Death

A Brooklyn Park man has been charged in the beating death of his 1-year-old son.

12/12/2014

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Man Suspected In Baby’s Death Arrested

Authorities say a man suspected of assaulting a 1-year-old boy in Brooklyn Park, who later died from his injuries, is in police custody. Brooklyn Park Police say 23-year-old Reggie Delaney Harper is accused of assaulting Kazerion Harper earlier this week. Police say they believe Harper is the boy’s father.

12/11/2014

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Target, Google Team Up For In-Store Interactive Game

Any parent knows how tough it to shop with young children. And every retailer knows how tough it is to lure shoppers into their brick-and-mortar stores. Target and Google have teamed up to create an in-store interactive video game that will attract shoppers with kids. That game is being rolled out Thursday in only four Target stores nationwide, including one in Roseville.

12/10/2014

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Twin Cities Archbishop On The Defense Against Sex Allegations

The investigation into allegations that Archbishop John Nienstedt engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct with adult members of the clergy has apparently entered a new phase.

12/08/2014

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A Year After Massive Target Data Breach, Still No Arrests

It was this time last year when we first learned about a data breach at Target stores nationwide.

12/01/2014

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Interview: Rep. Daudt On How Republicans Retook The House

Rep. Kurt Daudt was in the WCCO-TV studio to talk with Esme Murphy on Sunday morning.

11/30/2014

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Attempted Rape In Maplewood Likely Linked To 2 Similar Incidents

Police in the east metro are investigating after a man abducted a woman over the weekend and a threatened to sexually assault her.

11/24/2014

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