Laura Oakes

St. Paul Launches Winter Parking AppTuesday's snow event is prompting snow emergencies in many Minnesota cities, including Minneapolis and St. Paul. And in St. Paul, the city has launched a new winter parking app intended to clarify snow emergency rules and clearly show where parking is and is not allowed.
Saudi Prince Must Pay 3 Women $130K In Discrimination SuitIt likely made no major dent in his pocketbook, but a Saudi Arabian prince visiting the Mayo Clinic in Rochester learns the hard way that he can't discriminate against women in Minnesota. Three women limo drivers from Rochester filed a federal lawsuit last fall after they were fired.
Superintendent Reassigns Admins To Help Troubled St. Paul SchoolsSt. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva is working to help some of the districts most troubled schools. On Tuesday, Silva is reassigning as many as 50 district administrators to help out in schools most-troubled by recent violence.
St. Paul Teacher Says District Failed To Protect Him From ViolenceA teacher who is suing the St. Paul School District after being attacked by a student spoke out for the first time Tuesday.
Stranger On Rooftop Leads To Hinckley High School LockdownHinckley High School went into lockdown late Tuesday morning after a man was spotted on the school's roof. The Pine County Sheriff's Office says two teachers saw the man just after 11 a.m. When one of the teachers confronted him, the suspect gave an evasive answer and disappeared.
Turkey Growers Prep For Possible Fall Bird Flu OutbreakMinnesota turkey farmers are a little on edge these days as the state's waterfowl start to fly south for the winter. Ducks and other waterfowl are believed to be the primary source of avian influenza. They are carriers of the bug, but are somehow immune to it.
Funeral Arrangements Being Made In MN For 8 Killed In TX HomeFuneral arrangements are underway in a small, southeastern Minnesota town for eight family members killed in their Houston home earlier this month.
Gov. Dayton, Mexico Secretary Of Foreign Affairs Complete Trade Mission Gov. Mark Dayton and the Mexico Secretary of Foreign Affairs completed an important trade mission by signing five new agreements Tuesday.
Group Of Techie Teens From Twin Cities Heading To Silicon ValleyA group of tech-minded teens from the Twin Cities is on the summer trip of a lifetime this week. It's an all-expenses paid, hands-on field trip to Silicon Valley.
Could American Pharoah Be Coming To Canterbury Park?Could the greatest race horse in the past four decades be coming to Minnesota? Officials with Canterbury Park in Shakopee hope so, and have extended an invitation to the owner of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
Home Grown: The Somali-American Struggle – 3 Success StoriesWe've been hearing a lot this week about the struggles, perceptions and realities of Somali-Americans living in the Twin Cities. But along with the difficulties, there are many success stories to be told. WCCO's Laura Oakes introduces us to a few in our last installment of "Home Grown: The Somali-American Struggle."
Minnesota Approves 2 Labs To Test Medical MarijuanaAnother step in the process as medical cannabis becomes legal in Minnesota in just a few months. Minnesota's medical cannabis program is still on track to begin this summer. The Minnesota Department of Health is approving two laboratories to test the products that will be coming from the state's medical cannabis manufacturers.

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