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Good Question: Do You Have To Turn Headlights On During Rain?

Over the past several days of rain, some WCCO viewers have emailed us wondering: Why do some drivers not turn on their lights in the rain? “Some people are forgetting and some people aren’t aware, and I think some people are choosing to ignore that,” said Lt. Chris Erickson with the Minnesota State Patrol. “I hope that’s not the case.”

04/30/2014

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Good Question: Is It Ever OK To Leave Kids In Cars?

A new survey from Public Opinion Strategies of Washington, D.C. reveals that 14 percent of parents say they’ve left their children alone in a car. For parents of children under three years old, that percentage jumps to 23 percent. The study also found fathers are three times more likely (23 percent) than mothers (8 percent) to leave kids in cars.

04/29/2014

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Good Question: What Can The NBA Do To Punish A Team Owner?

The NBA commissioner will address racist statements attributed to LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Tuesday.  The statements, reportedly between Sterling and his girlfriend, surfaced over the weekend. In the recordings, a man is heard telling a woman, “Yeah, it bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?”

04/28/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Auto Dealership Logos & Summer Snow

Grant from Eden Prairie just bought a car, so he was wondering: Why do auto dealership put their logos on the back of the car? Several car dealerships were consulted about this ‘Good Question,’ and the final consensus was pretty obvious – advertising.

04/25/2014

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Good Question: Why Is Some Grass Greener?

Every spring, as the snow begins to melt, our lawns are usually mushy with brown spots. All of us wonder when they might start to green up. Sam Bauer, a turfgrass specialist with the University of Minnesota Extension, says don’t worry. He expects – with some more rain, sun, time and a little raking – most of the grass should green up later in May.

04/24/2014

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Good Question: How Often Do Mistrials Occur, And What Causes Them?

According to the American Bar Association, a judge can declare a mistrial due to the death of a juror or attorney, an error that would cause prejudice and couldn’t be rectified with jury instructions, impropriety in jury selection, jury misconduct or a hung jury.

04/23/2014

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Good Question: What Makes A Good Driver?

According to a 2011 survey from Allstate Insurance, 64 percent of people think they are “excellent” or “very good” drivers. But when asked to rate their friends, that percentage falls to 29 percent. It’s even lower, 22 percent, when it comes to rating peer groups.

04/22/2014

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Good Question: How Much Of A Prison Sentence Is Served Behind Bars

In July 2012 a judge sentenced Amy Senser to nearly 41 months for the hit-and-run death of Anousone Phanthavong. Less than two years later, she’s headed to work release. On Thursday, Senser is expected to move from the Shakopee Women’s Prison to either a county jail or halfway house at night and a job during the day. She’s expected to be there for six months before starting parole in October.

04/21/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Easter Edition

The word Easter isn’t in any scripture, but back in the Middle Ages people in the Northern Hemisphere associated this time of year with new life, or spring. Eostre is a goddess in Germanic paganism, and fertile rabbits (or hares) are synonymous with new life.

04/18/2014

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Good Question: What Happens To All The Trash At The Mall Of America?

Every year, 42 million people visit the more than 500 stores and restaurants at the Mall of America. Ultimately, that translates into an annual average about 10,000 tons of trash — or about 28 tons per day.

04/17/2014

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Good Question: How Does Weather Affect Our Mood?

When 2-and-a-half-year-old Jack from Deerwood, Minn. heard it was going to snow almost a foot on April 16, he yelled, “Noooooo!” and slapped his fork on the table. This response went on for a good minute. “The funny thing is I’ve had people 20-, 30-, 40-, 50-years older reacting the same way,” said WCCO Meteorologist Chris Shaffer, who wasn’t all that surprised at the reaction to his forecast. “I just can’t get away with acting like that on television, but he can. It’s cute for him.”

04/16/2014

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Good Question: How Is The 35W Bridge Lit?

Last month, the I-35W bridge was bathed in royal blue to symbolize the fight against colon cancer. “It was unbelievable, absolutely stunning. I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Anne Carlson, the executive director of the Colon Cancer Coalition.

04/15/2014

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Good Question: Why Is It So Windy In The Spring?

When running around Lake Calhoun Monday, Brad Homan of St. Paul, Minn. had hoped for a break from the wind, but the air on both sides of the lake hit him right in the face.

04/14/2014

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Good Question: Why Does The Masters’ Winner Get A Green Jacket?

The Masters Golf Tournament is often called “a tradition unlike any other.” Whoever wins it this Sunday will take home a unique prize that’s been handed out for the past 65 years – the Masters green jacket. Only the 300 members or so (the exclusive list is secret) of the Augusta National Golf Club, as well as the winners of the Masters, are allowed to wear the jacket.

04/10/2014

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Good Question: How Can You Get The Best Financial Aid Package?

Seven in 10 college seniors have some sort of student debt. With the cost of a four-year college averaging between $22,000 and $30,000 a year, loans are the only way for most families to afford it.

04/09/2014

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