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PODCAST PAGE: 8-19-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Miss something from Tuesday’s show? Check out the Podcast Section by clicking the link above.

08/19/2014

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Minnesota Farming Family Invited To White House

A Minnesota family will be special guests at the White House on Tuesday. The White House named Ryan and Tiffany Batalden, of Lamberton, two of the “champions of change” in America.

07/29/2014

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Road Fund Standoff Stokes Worry In Minnesota

The current congressional standoff over highway construction dollars is causing some discomfort among the people charged with keeping Minnesota’s roads and bridges in proper shape. Without a deal soon between Congress and President Barack Obama, the federal Highway Trust Fund could run dry. That could create problems for states like Minnesota that depend heavily on federal money for expensive road projects.

07/16/2014

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Dayton Makes Formal Request For Federal Disaster Aid

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is citing more than $55 million in public response costs and infrastructure damage in a formal application for federal disaster aid stemming from June’s widespread flooding, mudslides and high winds. Dayton made the request Wednesday in a letter to President Barack Obama.

07/09/2014

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Some At Obama’s Minnesota Speech Not On His Side

The crowd at President Barack Obama’s economic policy speech isn’t made up entirely of his supporters. Some say they showed up Friday because they couldn’t pass up a chance to see a sitting president in person even if they don’t share his views.

06/27/2014

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For Obama Backers, Still Hope For Advancing Agenda

Ardent Minnesota supporters of President Barack Obama say they share his frustrations that the economy hasn’t taken flight as fast as hoped. But some who turned out for the Democrat’s economic policy speech on the shores of Lake Harriet say it’s not for lack of effort on the president’s part. Non-profit executive Norm Munk was among those quick to defend Obama. Munk says he worries that a polarized Washington is stunting the nation’s progress.

06/27/2014

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Twin Cities Gears Up To Host President Obama

President Barack Obama arrived in Air Force One early Thursday afternoon for what will be a rare two-day visit to the Twin Cities. Obama will speak to crowds and attend a private fundraiser over the course of two days.

06/26/2014

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Franken, Klobuchar Stay In DC For Start Of Obama’s MN Visit

U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar won’t be on President Barack Obama’s flight to Minnesota for the start of a two-day visit. Franken spokesman Ed Shelleby says the Democrat stayed in Washington on Thursday for a confirmation vote on the U.S. ambassador to Iraq.

06/26/2014

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Obama Won’t Be 1st President At Minnehaha Falls

For the second time, a U.S. president is on his way to Minnehaha Falls. Their visits are separated by a half-century. President Barack Obama was gearing up for a town hall in the city park that has the gushing waterfall at its center.

06/26/2014

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After Flooding, Klobuchar Confident MN Will Qualify For Federal Help

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar will head to Washington, D.C. on Monday to ask the President for help for Minnesotans who have been affected by the floods. Klobuchar was in Mankato on Sunday to tour the flood damage there.

06/22/2014

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Obama Coming To Minnesota This Week

President Obama is heading to Minnesota this week after he was in the Twin Cities just a few months ago. Obama visited St. Paul back in February and gave a speech the Union Depot about transportation.

06/22/2014

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Obama To Honor WNBA Champion Lynx At White House

President Barack Obama will honor the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx at the White House next week. The Lynx swept through the playoffs last year on the way to their second title in three seasons.

06/06/2014

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Franken Opposes Obama Choice For Norway Ambassador

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken says he opposes President Barack Obama’s nominee for U.S. ambassador to Norway. Franken says he agrees with the Norwegian-American community’s doubts over whether George Tsunis would be an effective ambassador.

06/03/2014

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Obama Orders Minnesota To Cut Emissions 41 Percent

Minnesota is being asked to cut carbon emissions by roughly 41 percent over the next 15 years as part of a nationwide plan to reduce pollution from power plants. President Barack Obama announced his plan Monday. The goal is to reduce carbon emissions nationwide 30 percent by 2030 — when compared with 2005 levels.

06/02/2014

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Minnesota Rifle Squad Members To Be Obama’s Guests

A group of Minnesotans are in the nation’s capitol Sunday to honor our country’s fallen heroes. They’ll be participating in the national Memorial Day celebration in Washington D.C., invited there by the President.

05/25/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-6-14

Former Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman among Dave’s guests today….listen to those interviews and other highlights by CLICKING THE LINK ABOVE!

05/06/2014

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Obama To Attend Mpls. Fundraiser In June

President Obama will be in Minneapolis next month to raise money for House Democrats. This will be one of more than 20 fundraisers Obama has committed to hold for Democrats ahead of the November elections.

05/02/2014

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Punch Pizza Inspires Small Business Owner To Raise Wages

A Twin Cities pizza chain is getting national attention once again for leading the way with higher employee wages. “Hi, everybody.  In my state of the union address, I talked about pizza.  More specifically, I talked about a pizza chain in Minneapolis – Punch Pizza – whose owner, John Soranno, made the business decision to give his employees a raise to ten bucks an hour,” President Obama said in his weekly address.

04/26/2014

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Spike In Flood Insurance Premiums Hits Roseau Hard

The nationwide flood insurance premium spike has hit Roseau, where the specter of policies that could add $400 to a monthly home payment has affected the local housing market.

03/24/2014

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Obama Visits St. Paul’s Restored Union Depot Wednesday

When White House officials chose St. Paul’s Union Depot for President Barack Obama’s announcement of a $600 million competition for federal grants to fund infrastructure projects that create jobs, they picked a site that received nearly $125 million in federal funds for a major renovation.

02/26/2014

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2-26-14 Chris Coleman On The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

What will the Mayor do while he is hosting the President? Click the above link to find out!

02/26/2014

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Tickets Released For President Obama’s St. Paul Visit

President Barack Obama will be visiting St. Paul’s recently-renovated Union Depot on Wednesday, and people had a chance Monday to get tickets. The president is expected to announce a new competition to create jobs and restore infrastructure. Jill Martin from Roseville came to the Union Depot on Monday to get tickets, and says it’s a perfect location for the president’s visit.

02/24/2014

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1-29-14 John Kline On The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Click the link above to listen to Congressman Kline discuss the State Of The Union Speech.

01/29/2014

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Minn. Politicians Respond To State Of The Union Address

President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to make his pitch that the nation must come together to address persistent problems, from the wealth gap to economic mobility to lagging schools. Here are some responses to the address from Minnesota politicians.

01/29/2014

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Punch Pizza Featured In State Of The Union

After making headlines by raising their starting wage to $10 an hour for employees, Punch Pizza was recognized Tuesday during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

01/28/2014

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