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Talking Points: MNsure & The Governor’s Race

A major issue in this year’s governor’s race is the state health care exchange MNsure, and how it’s performing. Esme Murphy has the Talking Points.

02/16/2014

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2 Suspects ID’d In Elk River Home Invasion, Police Chase

Authorities said two suspects were arrested Thursday morning in connection with an Elk River home invasion that ended with a police chase through the northwest Twin Cities metro. Elk River Police were called at about 9:05 a.m. to a possible home invasion on the 18500 block of Quinty Court.

02/13/2014

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Fmr. Totino-Grace Head, Forced Out For Being Gay, To Lead St. Paul School

An educator who was forced out as president of Totino-Grace High School because he is gay will now be the head of another Twin Cities private school. Dr. Bill Hudson resigned from Totino-Grace last June after revealing to board members that he had been in a committed same-sex relationship for 18 years. Hudson wasn’t sure where he would end up, but on Monday night, Mounds Park Academy officially named him the new head of school.

02/12/2014

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With Strike Vote Looming, St. Paul Schools & Teachers’ Union At Odds

In response to a strike vote scheduled, St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valerie Silva announced plans to cancel classes and lay off 2,500 nonunion workers if teachers walk off the job.

02/11/2014

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Fmr. Viking Player, Friend React To Michael Sam’s Announcement

A University of Missouri football all-American is making headlines around the country for announcing he is gay. While Sam just went public in interviews Sunday, he had come out to teammates and friends last year.

02/10/2014

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Talking Points: Klobuchar On Target Data Breach

The investigation into the Target data breach is focusing on a Pennsylvania refrigeration company that had a contract with Target and billed the retailer electronically.

02/09/2014

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MN School Evacuated After Possible CO Poisoning

Students were evacuated from a school in Springfield, Minn. Thursday morning after a number of people were sickened with what may have been carbon monoxide poisoning. The Springfield School District’s website confirmed that Springfield Public School was being closed for the day, and students were taken to a nearby community center. Third-grader Emma Pingeon says she witnessed some students vomiting during a morning practice for a choir concert.

02/06/2014

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Target Taking Actions On Security, Executive Says

An executive of Target Corp. says the retailer has taken actions to shore up security following the massive breach of millions of consumers’ data during the holiday season. He urged banks, retailers and the government to work together to protect consumers.

02/04/2014

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Senate Hearings Begin On Target Data Breach

Congress began a series of hearings Monday before a Senate banking subcommittee into the massive data breach at Target and other retailers. The Secret Service was grilled about when Target told then about the breach, and another hearing is slated for Tuesday. That’s when Target CFO John Mulligan will be in the hot seat.

02/03/2014

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WCCO Plays Pond Hockey With ‘Wild’ Ringer

Team WCCO braved the elements Saturday for a pair of charity pond hockey games on Lake Minnetonka. The team ranged in age from 14 to 62, and happily accepted the help of former Wild player Mark Parrish as a ringer. “This is awesome,” Parrish said. “It takes you right back. This is where it all began for all of us.” The wind chill on Lake Minnetonka was minus 15, but it was all for a good cause.

01/25/2014

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Esme’s Blog: A Note to School Administrators

To school administrators: I get it, your job is hard. But being a mom, dad or guardian of a child is too. I get that when the high is -10, schools should be closed. What I don’t get is why these calls are not made sooner so that parents can make plans, not only for their children but for their own work schedules.

01/25/2014

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Wild Players Parise, Suter Express Concern Over Sochi Security

As athletes from around the world prepare to attend the Olympics in Sochi next month, concerns about security continue to mount. One member of the Senate Intelligence Committee says he wouldn’t go, and he wouldn’t have his family go.

01/22/2014

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Klobuchar Proposes Kill Switch In Cell Phones At The ‘U’

Sen. Amy Klobuchar chose to hold her news conference call Tuesday on phone companies, saying they should put a kill switch in all cell phones at the University of Minnesota.

01/21/2014

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MSP Airport Considers Gambling Expansion

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport is eyeing a major expansion of gambling with a plan to sell Minnesota Lottery tickets on about 2,500 electronic tablets that are already installed in the main terminal. Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan confirms Monday that the plan is under consideration by the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

01/20/2014

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Talking Points: Getting U.S. Credit Cards More Secure

New developments have been revealed about the Target data breach. The cyber intelligence company, Intelcrawler, says a 17-year-old from Russia, may be the author of the malware that is being blamed for the compromising of more than 100 million credit card accounts used at Target.

01/19/2014

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