4 Things To Know: Mali Hostages, Spirit Airlines Bomb Threat, BLM Protests & MoreFrom a bomb threat that grounded a Florida flight bound for Minneapolis to more unrest among the protesters at the Minneapolis 4th precinct, here is a look at the top four stories from Friday, November 20.
Experimental Ebola Vaccine Could Stop Virus In West Africa
Minnesota Group Holds Food Drive For Ebola Orphans In AfricaA Minnesota group is hosting a food drive to help children who have been left orphaned and neglected by the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The Minnesota African Task Force Against Ebola will be collecting food from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center.
Brooklyn Park Man Pleads Guilty In Gambia Coup AttemptA Minnesota man is pleading guilty to charges tied to a failed coup in the West African nation of Gambia. Forty-six-year-old Papa Faal of Brooklyn Park pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts
Family Of MN Man Accused Of Plotting African Coup SpeaksA Twin Cities man is accused of helping plot the attempted overthrow of an African country's government. Papa Faal of Brooklyn Center is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. The 46-year-old is accused of secretly shipping guns from Minnesota to his native country of The Gambia in West Africa.
As Anxiety Wanes, Minnesota Keeps Eyes Out For Ebola SpreadState health officials say they won't be done watching for the spread of Ebola for at least another year. The Minnesota Department of Health is currently monitoring 47 residents who traveled from the West African countries ravaged by the deadly virus. As of Sunday, the state had cleared 216 travelers after a 21-day monitoring period. No cases have been confirmed in Minnesota.
Rep. Ellison: Soldiers In West Africa Deserve More PayMinnesota U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison says the 700 Minnesota National Guard soldiers being deployed to West Africa to help stop the spread of the deadly Ebola disease deserve more than $5 a day extra in hardship pay.
About 700 Minnesota Soldiers Assist Ebola ResponseNearly 700 Minnesota soldiers are being sent to West Africa to assist the U.S. military's response to the Ebola virus outbreak. The Minnesota National Guard says the soldiers from the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division will be deployed to Liberia in April after going through training.
MDH Watching 48 Travelers In Ebola Monitoring ProgramMinnesota health officials said Wednesday they are monitoring 48 recently arrived travelers as part of their new program to watch for signs of Ebola.
Ellison Hosts Meeting On Ebola in Brooklyn Center A Minnesota congressman said he believes Ebola is more dangerous than ISIS.
Gov. Dayton Updates State On Ebola PreparednessWith Minnesota home to the largest Liberian population outside of West Africa, there's growing concern that the deadly virus could travel here. That's why Gov. Mark Dayton called together a panel of health, public safety and government leaders on Friday to update Minnesota's plans and preparedness.
Minnesota Preps For Ebola ThreatGov. 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.
Widow Of 1st American Ebola Victim Strives To End IgnoranceThe 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.
Ebola Fears Harm Business At Local West African RestaurantA West African restaurant owner in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota says fear surrounding Ebola may force her to close. During the lunch hour, Mama Ti's restaurant owner says there used to be a rush.
Regions Hospital 'Prepared' To Respond To Ebola ThreatThe threat of Ebola in the United States has hospitals in the Twin Cities making sure they're prepared for a potential case here. Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. began making an Ebola plan right after they heard about the outbreak in West Africa this summer.