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Twin Cities Archdiocese, Vatican Accused Of Destroying Priest Child Porn Tapes

There are new allegations that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis destroyed as many as five suspected child porn videos — and that the Vatican knew what happened. This latest allegation involving the Twin Cities Catholic Church comes as a direct result of a landmark agreement between the church and victims. The agreement has resulted in more names of priests, suspected of sexual abuse against a minor, being released.

11/13/2014

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Some Retailers To Start ‘Black Friday’ On Thanksgiving Day

This year the Black Friday stampede will start earlier than ever. Best Buy , Toys “R” US and JCPenney have all announced they will open at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Target is joining Sears, Kohl’s and Macy’s with 6 p.m. Thanksgiving openings. Last year those four stores opened at 8 p.m.

11/11/2014

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Twin Cities Archdiocese Slashes Budget, Cites Unexpected Legal Fees

The embattled Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has announced it will be slashing its budget by 20 percent. In a statement, the archdiocese says more than $5 million in cuts is due to unexpected legal fees.

11/10/2014

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Talking Points: Emmer Not Looking To Stray From GOP Mainstream

One election result that has not gotten a lot of attention in the last week is Tom Emmer’s convincing win in the 6th Congressional District.

11/09/2014

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Franken Calls Re-Election ‘Gratifying’

Sen. Al Franken’s margin of victory in Tuesday’s election was a landslide compared to his razor-thin win six years ago. In July of 2009, after a seven-month recount and a drawn-out legal challenge, Franken was finally declared the winner by just 312 votes. While the margin of Franken’s victory this time was predicted by recent polls, as recently as a year ago he was not expected to do nearly as well.

11/04/2014

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Despite Favorable Polls, Sen. Franken Not Overconfident In Race Against McFadden

The latest poll in the U.S. Senate race shows the gap has not tightened between the leading candidates in Minnesota.

11/03/2014

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Jeff Johnson Talks On Redskins Name, Taxes & Obamacare

On WCCO Sunday Morning, I did a long interview with Jeff Johnson, the Republican hopeful for governor. With just days until Election Day, Johnson is trailing in the polls to incumbent Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

11/02/2014

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Honeywell Facing Lawsuit Over Health Tests

Two Minnesota employees have filed complaints against Honeywell for its wellness program, and the federal government is suing to stop it.

10/29/2014

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Police: 1 Killed, 1 Injured After Refusing To Buy Alcohol For Underage Suspects

Maplewood police say a 25-year-old man was shot and killed this weekend because he refused to buy alcohol for at least three underage boys.

10/27/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: 10-27-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee!

Monday Morning QB with Dave Lee…listen back to portions of the show by clicking the link above.

10/27/2014

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Franken Vs. McFadden Debate: Tax Loopholes And Attack Ads

WCCO hosted a debate between Democratic Sen. Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden at 10 a.m. Sunday. Here is the sixth question.

10/26/2014

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Franken Vs. McFadden Debate: NFL Tax Exempt Status & ‘Redskins’ Name

WCCO hosted a debate between Democratic Sen. Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden at 10 a.m. Sunday. The fifth question is from a viewer named John, fed up with billionaire owners getting public funding.

10/26/2014

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Franken Vs. McFadden Debate: How Loyal Is Your Vote?

WCCO hosted a debate between Democratic Sen. Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden at 10 a.m. Sunday. Here’s the fourth question.

10/26/2014

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Franken Vs. McFadden Debate: Fighting ISIS

WCCO hosted a debate between Democratic Sen. Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden Sunday at 10 a.m.

10/26/2014

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Franken Vs. McFadden Debate: Thoughts On Affordable Care Act

WCCO hosted a debate between Democratic Sen. Al Franken and republican challenger Mike McFadden Sunday at 10 a.m. Here’s the second question.

10/26/2014

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Franken Vs. McFadden Debate: Should There Be Travel Ban For Ebola?

WCCO hosted a debate between Democratic Sen. Al Franken and republican challenger Mike McFadden Sunday at 10 a.m. Here’s the first question.

10/26/2014

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Widow Of Ebola Victim Fights For Survivor Benefits

A Twin Cities woman, who lost her husband to the Ebola virus, is being denied Social Security survivor benefits. Decontee Sawyer says that’s because the country where he died won’t release his death certificate. Patrick Sawyer got sick in July after traveling from Liberia to Nigeria.

10/23/2014

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After 25 Years, Jacob Wetterling’s Mother Continues Searching For Answers, Jacob

Earlier this month authorities launched a new campaign to try and find out what happened to Jacob Wetterling. Wetterling was abducted while riding bikes with his brother and friend 25 years ago Wednesday. And while his disappearance remains a mystery, his case has led to changes that now help other missing children.

10/22/2014

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Kieran’s Owner Suing For Lost Business During Block E Construction

You can’t see the front door of Kieran’s Irish Pub, because it’s covered in plastic and the windows are boarded up. Owner Peter Kellin says business is down 27 percent since Block E renovations began.

10/21/2014

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U Of M’s Humphrey School Hosts Madeleine Albright

At the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, future leaders heard from the original “Madam Secretary” — Madeleine Albright.

10/16/2014

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Whistleblower Says Archbishop Nienstedt Must Step Down

In her first in-depth television interview, the whistleblower in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis abuse scandal said Archbishop John Nienstedt must step down. Jennifer Haselberger, the Nienstedt’s former top legal adviser, said Monday’s announcement of new policies to protect children is a significant victory, but believes new leadership is needed to implement them.

10/14/2014

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Judge OKs ‘Monumental’ Settlement In Minn. Church Abuse Case

A Minnesota judge signed off on a settlement Monday in a groundbreaking case that accused Catholic church leaders in Minnesota of creating a public nuisance by failing to warn parishioners about an abusive priest. Ramsey County Judge James Van De North approved the settlement after meeting with both sides Monday, said Jeff Anderson, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

10/13/2014

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Dayton Talks On Ebola, MNsure & The ‘Unaware’ Ad

In the wide ranging interview, Dayton responds to questions about developments in Texas where a health care worker has been diagnosed with Ebola, to the controversy surrounding his support for a tax on gasoline, as well as claims by his opponent that he does not know what is in the bills he has signed.

10/12/2014

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Minnesota Preps For Ebola Threat

Gov. Mark Dayton says Minnesota is as ready as possible to handle an outbreak of Ebola. Dayton met Thursday with cabinet members, airport representatives and health officials to assess the level of the state’s preparedness. The case of Thomas Duncan, a Liberian who died Wednesday of Ebola in Texas, has raised concerns around the country.

10/09/2014

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White House Announces Ebola Screenings At 5 Airports, MSP Not Among Them

The White House announced enhanced screenings for Ebola at five U.S. airports Wednesday. Employees of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will be taking the temperature of all travelers coming from West Africa at airports in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Washington D.C and Atlanta. Anyone with a temperature would then be taken to the quarantine station for further evaluation.

10/08/2014

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