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GOP Pulls Health Care Overhaul Off House Floor

WASHINGTON (AP) – Speaker Paul Ryan has abruptly pulled the Republicans’ troubled health care overhaul off the House floor. The decision was a humiliating setback for President Donald Trump and congressional leaders. The bill had appeared all but certain to be defeated Friday. The roll call was on track to occur in about an hour. The measure has been a…

Minnesota Marijuana Oil Sent to New York Stirs Anger

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Some top Minnesota lawmakers want to crack down on a medical marijuana company whose former executives face felony charges for shipping marijuana oil to New York. County prosecutors charged two ex-executives at Minnesota Medical Solutions with felonies alleging they collaborated in late 2015 to ship $500,000 worth of marijuana oil to New York. The charges…

4 Killed, Including Officer is Rothschild, Schofield, Weston shooting

1/5 WZAW Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5 WZAW Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5 WZAW Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5 WZAW Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5 WZAW Show Caption Hide Caption ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WSAW) – Authorities have now confirmed an Everest Metro Police Officer was one of four killed following three shooting incidents Wednesday. Everest Metro Police Chief confirmed the fatalities…

Target Celebrates Stretch Marks in New Swimwear Campaign

NEW YORK (AP) – Target is celebrating the stretch mark as a thing of beauty. The chain has launched a swimwear campaign on social media that features four models in unretouched images as it promotes a focus on inclusivity. Social media star Megan Batoon, pro skateboarder Lizzie Armanto, model and body activist Denise Bidot, and TV host and model Kamie…

Sheriff Who Investigated Wetterling Abduction Announces Retirement

Courtney Perry for MPR News ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) – A central Minnesota sheriff who worked to solve the decades-old kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling is hanging up his badge. Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner announced his retirement Tuesday. Sanner has worked for the sheriff’s office for nearly 33 years and has been sheriff for the last 14. Sanner was among…

Subject Identified in Polk County Officer Involved Shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating an officer involved shooting incident that happened on Monday, March 20 in Polk County. The Grand Forks County Medical Examiner has identified the deceased suspect as Clarence Duane Huderle, 73, of Warren, Minnesota. Huderle died of a gunshot wound; the manner of his death…

New Michigan Ad Campaign to Raise Awareness for Child Vaccinations

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan health officials are launching a vaccination campaign aimed at preventing serious diseases in children. The “I Vaccinate” campaign by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Franny Strong Foundation and other health officials will use television, radio, digital, social, and outdoor advertising to stress the importance of vaccinations. A website also was launched…

Hibbing, Virginia RadioShack Set to Close

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)RadioShack has announced it will be closing hundreds of stores across the country, including seven in Minnesota. The retailer will be shutting down 552 stores, according to the Business Insider. Those that have been selected are reported to have high rent and low sales. The following stores are selected to close in Minnesota: Hibbing Marketplace – 141…

DOJ: Minneapolis Lacked Coordination, but Kept Peace in 4th Precinct Protests

(Ted Haller / Fox 9) MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – The Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) on Monday released its after-action report of the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Police Department’s response to the protests and demonstrations at the MPD’s 4th Precinct following the November 2015 shooting death of Jamar Clark. The DOJ review was requested by…

Son of Alleged Nazi Wants Evidence Released

Andriy Karkoc Insists His Father is Innocent

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The son of a Minnesota man sought by Polish authorities in a Nazi massacre is asking that evidence against his father be released. A court in Poland recently issued an arrest warrant for Michael Karkoc, opening the way for his possible extradition on war crimes charges. Karkoc’s son, Andriy Karkoc, said Saturday that his 98-year-old father is innocent….

Secret Service Stops White House Intruder

Incident Was Second Security Breach in a Week

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) A Trump administration spokesman says an individual was apprehended near the White House, a week after an intruder was caught on White House grounds. Press secretary Sean Spicer wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the individual “jumped bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave” but did not make it onto White House property. Spicer added, “Great response by…

Minnesota Officials Aim to End Chronic Homelessness by 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Thousands of people in the Twin Cities have been homeless for years, despite a coordinated effort by city, state, and nonprofit leaders that has cut chronic homelessness nearly in half since 2010. The Pioneer Press reports the number of chronic and “unsheltered” homeless people in Minnesota has dropped 48-percent in recent years, falling from over…

Feds Investigate Threats to Jewish Centers as Hate Crimes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Federal authorities say threats to two Jewish community centers in Minnesota are being investigated as hate crimes as part of a broader probe into similar threats made nationwide. FBI Special Agent in Charge Rick Thornton said Wednesday that since January 3, more than 140 telephone threats were made to Jewish groups and facilities in 43…

Polish Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Minnesota Man in Nazi Case

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – A court in eastern Poland has issued an arrest warrant for a Minnesota man sought in a Nazi massacre, opening the way for Poland to seek his extradition from the United States. The Associated Press had previously identified the man as 98-year-old Michael Karkoc, an ex-commander in an SS-led unit that burned Polish villages and killed…

Fat Bike Birkie Race

First Time The Fat Tire Bike Race Started at the New Location in Cable, Wis.

CABLE, Wis. – The Fat Bike Birkie race took place this morning and it’s the largest Fat Bike event in North America. This year the race drew in 1,200 riders from 18 different states and 2 different countries.   At the starting line this morning it was a cold one and a different one, as it was the first time…

Wisconsin Men Arrested in Theft of 100,000 Diapers

FOX CROSSING, Wis. (AP) – Two Wisconsin men are accused of stealing 100,000 diapers. The Post-Crescent reports the police allege the men stole nearly 1,800 cases of diapers — valued at more than $45,000, from a charitable organization that provides goods to families in need. Authorities say the diapers were stolen during several thefts between January 3 and February 13…

Real ID Law Hits a Snag in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota officials’ efforts to upgrade driver’s licenses so they pass muster for domestic flights have hit a snag. The state Senate defeated a bill Monday to put Minnesota in compliance with federal Real ID law. Democrats concerned about blocking driver’s license access for immigrants living in Minnesota illegally united with several Republicans who call the…

Trump Signs Revised Travel Ban

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has signed a revised travel ban that temporarily halts entry to the United States for people from six Muslim-majority nations, who are seeking new visas and suspends the country’s refugee program. That’s according to White House spokesman Michael Short, who says the signing was done privately. The new directive aims to address legal issues…

Diamond Reynolds, Girlfriend of Philando Castile, Arrested in St. Paul Assault

1/4 Diamond Reynolds Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Dyamond Richardson Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Chnika Blair Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 St. Paul police report on alleged hammer assault obtained by Fox 9 Show Caption Hide Caption ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile, was one of three women arrested Thursday in connection with…

Wisconsin Company Vies to Build Wall Along US-Mexico Border

BROWNSVILLE, Wis. (AP) – A Dodge County construction company is the lone Wisconsin firm bidding on the federal government’s call for designing and building a wall along the U.S. Mexico border. The Fond du Lac Reporter reports that Brownsville-based Michels Corp. is answering the government’s early call for bids to build a wall spanning the roughly 2,000 mile border with…

North Shore Businessman Hopes for Daughter’s Return

Resort GM's Daughter has been Missing Since Jan. 15th

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Brian Anderson is back at work managing a popular North Shore resort even though his daughter, Toni hasn’t been seen since January 15th. “It’s every parent’s worst nightmare,” said Anderson.  “You hear about these things, but you don’t… you don’t understand the mental strain it puts you through and the emotions you go through.” For Anderson…

Minnesota Fears Costs of GOP Health Care Plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials are bracing for billions of dollars in additional health care expenses if congressional Republicans enact a plan they’re discussing to replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a draft document obtained by The Associated Press. The planning document shows that the GOP proposal, a draft of which was circulated last week, would cut…

Bush Promotes New Book, Reflects on Painting and the Press

  NEW YORK (AP) – Former President George W. Bush says he didn’t intend to criticize President Donald Trump when he recently said that a free press is essential to democracy. Speaking by telephone Tuesday with The Associated Press, Bush said he was simply responding to a reporter’s question about the role of journalism. Trump has referred to the press…

Target Rattles Wall Street with Weak Quarter

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) – Target Corp. on Tuesday reported a fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $817 million. The Minneapolis-based company said it had profit of $1.45 per share. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.50 per share. The retailer posted revenue of $20.69…

Legal Bills Disputed in Ongoing Defamation Case in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) – Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle are fighting over legal bills that mounted during Ventura’s defamation lawsuit. The Star Tribune reports the attorneys for Kyle’s widow say Ventura lost his lawsuit and should reimburse the estate more than $37,300, plus a few other expenses. Ventura’s lawyer says the…

Pence Asks Indiana Court to Keep Some Government Emails Secret

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence is asking the Indiana Supreme Court to let him keep secret some documents emailed to him while he was the state’s governor. The request comes after an Indianapolis lawyer earlier this month sought the overturning of state appeals court decision access to emails sent to Pence in 2014 in which a staffer for…

Trump Budget will Hike Defense Spending by $54 Billion

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Donald Trump’s upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. The result is that Trump’s initial budget wouldn’t dent budget deficits projected to run about $500 billion. White House budget officials outlined the information during a…

President Trump to Skip Correspondents’ Dinner

President Announced Decision in Tweet

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump says he won’t be attending the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner this spring. In a tweet on Saturday, the president doesn’t give a reason but says he wishes “everyone well and have a great evening!” The annual fundraiser for college scholarships mixes politicians, journalists and celebrities. Trump has long had an adversarial relationship with…

2017 American Birkebeiner Cancelled

Birkie Fever Continues Despite the Cancellation

For only the second time in 44 years all ski races set for this weekend’s Annual American Birkebeiner have been cancelled. The only other time this happened was in 2000. Organizers for North America’s largest cross country ski race held out hope for this weekend as a potential snow storm was on the horizon. Last minute efforts started early as…

Agency Publishes Timetable for Mexico Border Wall

SAN DIEGO (AP) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. The agency said Friday on a website for federal contractors that a request for bids would be published on or around March 6. Companies would have to submit “concept papers” to design and build prototypes…

Trump Signs Executive Order to Reduce Regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump  has signed a new executive order taking aim at government regulations. The president says the order will direct each federal agency to establish a regulator reform task force. The task forces will then recommend which regulations they can simplify or eliminate. The president has long argued that excessive regulations are “killing jobs, driving companies…

Ohio, Wisconsin Leaders Prepare for Trump Effect

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Republican legislative leaders from Ohio and Wisconsin are joining forces as they prepare for massive changes in how the federal government under president Donald Trump deals with states. Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberg and Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Thursday in Ohio, that they hope to enlist others in asserting the role of states in…

Dayton Blasts Trump’s Transgender Bathroom Reversal

ST. PAUL (AP) – Governor Mark Dayton is urging Minnesota schools to continue allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. His Thursday pronouncement follows President Donald Trump administration’s decision this week to lift an Obama-era directive. It leaves the decision regarding bathrooms to individual states and school districts. Although the Obama guidance was not legally binding, transgender…

Mother Has Message for Missing Son

Christopher Kerze has Been Missing Since 1990

DULUTH, Minn.-Today marks the 44th birthday for Christopher Kerze, who went missing from Eagan April 20, 1990 when he was 17-years-old. After he went missing, his parents received a note allegedly from Kerze postmarked from Duluth. In the note he mentioned a desire to commit suicide. A few days later his parents van, which he allegedly took, was found in…

State Lawmakers Channel Grief Into Fight Against Opioids

ST. PAUL (AP) – In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation’s deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the problem. In Minnesota, for example, state Senator Chris Eaton’s daughter died of a heroin overdose in 2007. Eaton has since spearheaded a law granting…

Trump Announces New National Security Adviser

PALM BEACH, Fla (AP) – President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser. Trump announced the pick Monday at his Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago. He says McMaster is “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.” Trump says retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who had been his acting adviser, will now serve…

Proposal: Regulate Powdered Alcohol Like Liquid Alcohol

MADISON (AP) – Two Democratic state lawmakers have proposed subjecting powdered alcohol to the same regulations as liquid alcohol. Senator Tim Carpenter and Representative Debra Kloste said Monday they’ve introduced a bill to expand the state’s definition of alcohol to include powdered forms. The federal government in 2015 approved a powdered alcohol product all Palcohol. Since then, state s have…

Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Dies in NYC at 64

NEW YORK (AP) – Russian officials say its ambassador to the United Nations has died suddenly in New York City. Vitaly Churkin was 64. Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Vladamire Safronkov, told The Associated Press that Churkin became ill in his office at Russia’s U.N. mission and was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where he died Monday. His cause of death…

Blind Cleric Serving Life Sentence Dies in Prison

Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman Helped Mastermind 1993 World Trade Center Bombing

BUTNER, N.C. (AP) _ A federal prison official says a blind Egyptian cleric serving a life sentence in the United States in connection with a failed plot to blow up landmarks in New York City has died. Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman died early Saturday. Abdel-Rahman was sentenced to life in prison after his 1995 conviction for his advisory role in a…

Plaintiff in Roe v. Wade Passes Away

Norma McCorvey Later Became Pro-Life Activist

DALLAS (AP) Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” at the center of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, has died. She was 69. Journalist Joshua Prager, who is working on a book about McCorvey, says she died Saturday morning at an assisted living center in Katy, Texas. Although McCorvey was the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, she later…

Minnesota Lawmaker Strengthens Bid to Lead DNC

New Hampshire Democrat Drops Bid, Backs Rep. Keith Ellison

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) New Hampshire Democrat Ray Buckley has dropped out of the race for Democratic National Committee chair and is throwing his support behind Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison. Buckley’s announcement comes a week before DNC members gather in Atlanta to choose a new chair. Ellison and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez are seen as the main contenders. Buckley announced…

Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt as Head of EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Scott Pruitt was approved on Friday by a vote of 52-46. Pruitt served six years as Oklahoma’s attorney general and was closely aligned with oil and gas companies in his home state, whose executives backed his political campaigns. He filed 14 lawsuits as…

Amtrak Officer Faces Murder Charge in Fatal Chicago Shooting Involving Minnesota Man

CHICAGO (AP) – Prosecutors have charged an Amtrak police officer in the shooting death of a Minneapolis man outside Chicago’s Union Station. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office announced Friday that 31-year-old LaRoyce Tankson surrendered to police Thursday. He has been charged with first-degree murder int he February 8 shooting of 25-year-old Chad Robertson, who died Wednesday. Robertson was taking…

Garbage, Human Waste at DAPL Camps Main Concerns of Polluting Missouri River

THE GARBAGE ISN'T THE ONLY THING THAT MAY MAKE ITS WAY TO THE RIVER AND CREATE A NEGATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Governor Burgum’s concerns for cleaning up at the main pipeline protest camp rise along with the temperatures. He issued an evacuation order on Wednesday. He says what protesters have left behind could end up polluting the rivers. Protesters left their mark on the site of the Dakota Access pipeline. That area of land floods almost every spring….

White House Denies National Guard Immigration Roundup Report

(AP) – The Trump administration considered a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press. Staffers in the Department of Homeland Security said the proposal had been discussed as recently as last Friday. The 11-page document…

Wisconsin Lawmakers Ditch Plans to End Daylight Saving Time

MADISON (AP) – Two Republican lawmakers have scrapped a bill to end daylight saving time in Wisconsin amid a backlash on social media and now want to make the sunshine-extending time change permanent year-round in the state. Representatives Samantha Kerkman and Michael Schraa introduced a bill last week that would have eliminated daylight saving time in Wisconsin. The change would…

Rep. Kind Not Ruling Out Run for Governor Against Walker

MADISON (AP) – Democratic U.S. Representative Ron Kind says he is not ruling out a run for governor in 2018 against Republican Governor Scott Walker. The western Wisconsin congressman from La Crosse has frequently been mentioned as a possible candidate for governor, but he’s never run. But Kind tells Wisconsin Public Radio, on Thursday, that the state needs new leadership…