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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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Expert Sounds Off On Rash Of Sex Assaults By Authority Figures

Sexual assault charges against a high school tennis coach are the latest in a long line of cases were coaches have been accused of having sex with young teens. Charges were filed Monday against Daniel Hubbard-Wilson, a coach at the all-girls Visitation School in Mendota Heights, Minnesota.

10/07/2014

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Widow Of 1st American Ebola Victim Strives To End Ignorance

The Dallas Ebola case is leading to widespread concern in the 30,000-strong Twin Cities Liberian community — the largest outside of Africa. The widow of the first American citizen to die of Ebola, who lives in Coon Rapids, picked up a donation of cleaning supplies for Liberia at St. Cloud State University Monday.

10/06/2014

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Talking Points: Ellison Talks Ebola Concerns In Minn.

An estimated 20,000 Liberians live in the Twin Cities, one of the largest Liberian communities in the United States. Liberian residents in the Twin Cities say misinformation about Ebola has left them and their families at times feeling like outcasts.

10/05/2014

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Burnsville Incident Shows Risks Children Face On Social Media

Charges are expected Thursday against a Burnsville man after two 13-year-old girls he met through social media spent the night at his home. The case highlights the potential risks social media can pose for kids.

10/01/2014

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Minnesota Twins Fans Have Mixed Feelings On Gardenhire’s Firing

While some fans say firing Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is long overdue, others say they feel torn by loyalty to a manager they genuinely liked as a person. In the past few seasons, as the losses mounted, Gardenhire was most memorable for his fiery exits. But many fans still remember the winning years and the always winning personality.

09/29/2014

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Minnesota Somalis Condemn Islamic State Recruiting

Members of Minnesota’s large Somali community gathered Sunday to condemn the recruitment of youth by terrorist groups and urge collaboration to find solutions to address the problem. About 100 people attended a town hall meeting to denounce groups such as the Islamic State and al-Shabab, which together have recruited more than two dozen fighters from Minnesota since 2007. U.S. Attorney Andy Luger told the crowd he’s working hard to bring more resources to the community to address the root causes of the problem.

09/28/2014

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Board Members Legally Responsible For Non-Profits, Professor Says

The non-profit Minneapolis Community Action has shut its doors after a state audit found leaders of the organization used more than $800,000 in taxpayer money for luxury trips, spa visits and even a car loan.

09/28/2014

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10-Month-Old Almost Shot By High-Powered Rifle

Bloomington police say it is a miracle that a 10-month-old boy was not killed after a round from a high-powered rifle hit his crib, missing his head by inches. Ten-month-old Charlie Sewell was asleep when a man visiting the home next door accidentally discharged a semi-automatic rifle.

09/25/2014

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Fatal N. Mpls. Shooting Could Be Ruled Self Defense

A deadly shooting in Minneapolis committed by a 21-year-old man who had a permit to carry could be ruled a justified case of self-defense.

09/24/2014

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WCCO Interview: Widow Of Ebola Victim Creates Nonprofit

Latest figures from the Ebola outbreak in East Africa put the death toll at more than 2,600 people. In Brooklyn Center this week there will be a memorial service to remember the first American citizen to die of the virus.

09/21/2014

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PR Consultant: Vikings Will Bounce Back From Peterson Crisis

The fallout continues in the aftermath of Adrian Peterson’s departure from the Minnesota Vikings. While the team has removed most of Peterson’s presence from its website, Peterson is still featured in both the still images and animations for the team’s new $1 billion stadium.

09/18/2014

Chris Cook Attorney Talks Adrian Peterson Case

Adrian Peterson is facing not only a criminal prosecution in Texas. but punishment by the NFL. Just two weeks ago, the league announced a new domestic abuse policy.

09/14/2014

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Obama Didn’t Mention ISIS Recruiting, But Minn. Community Still On Edge

President Barack Obama did not mention in his Wednesday night address the recruitment of Minnesotans by ISIS (or ISIL). There are reports that as many as 15 young men and women with Minnesota ties have left to join the terror group.

09/11/2014

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New Study Sheds Light On Sex Trafficking In Mpls.

It’s an ugly business. A new study by the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Women’s Foundation reveals local victims of sex trafficking are recruited in places we like to think are safe havens.

09/10/2014

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Woman Talks Of Losing Baby To Preeclampsia,

Preeclampsia a very important medical condition that can affect pregnant women. Jaime Nolan, a Twin Cities woman, had a severe case of it. She had to have an emergency C-section to deliver her baby girl at 26 weeks gestation. Her daughter, Grace, weighed only 1 pound, 1 ounces at birth. Grace lived for just eight days.

09/07/2014

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The Latest ISIS Recruit From Minn. Is A 19-Year-Old Woman

The latest ISIS recruit from Minnesota is a 19-year-old woman who told her family she will be taking care of wounded fighters in Syria.

09/04/2014

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