MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — These are the four stories you need to know about for Wednesday, Aug. 17. They include a crackdown on MnPass lanes around the Twin Cities, and the promise (again) that Dunkin’ Donuts are coming to the Twin Cities.

Waters Begin To Roll Back In Louisiana

Floodwaters have started to recede in some parts of Louisiana but continue to rise in some downstream areas. At least 40,000 homes have been damaged and 11 people killed in the worst flooding in state history. The governor says some parishes with widespread flooding damage have been placed under curfew because of scattered reports of looting.

Children Shocked On Amusement Park Ride

Six children were taken to the hospital Tuesday after an electrical shock incident on a ride in Connecticut. The victims suffered minor injuries, but are expected to be OK. It’s unclear what caused the shock. In the last two weeks, a child died on a water ride in Kansas and another child fell off a roller coaster in Pennsylvania.

Crackdown On MnPASSLanes

The Minnesota State Patrol will be cracking down on drivers in MnPASS lanes. Beginning Wednesday, extra troopers will be out enforcing the lanes. The purpose for the priced managed lanes is to provide a congestion-free travel option during rush hour. Troopers will be looking for drivers illegally in the lanes. The goal is to enhance safety and traffic.

Dunkin’ Donuts Coming To Twin Cities … Really

New Dunkin’ Donuts locations are planned for the Twin Cities. A location in Roseville is getting ready to open this fall, and a lease agreement has also been signed in New Hope. Now Dunkin Donuts has another agreement to open more than a dozen other locations in the south metro. Those locations won’t start opening until 2018. Right now Minnesota has two locations in Duluth and Rochester. (The news brought out the sarcasm at the anchor desk Wednesday morning.)


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