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Medical Marijuana Backers Hope to Speed Task Force Work

Potential users of medical marijuana say they hope to counter police concerns about the drug as they work together on a task force overseeing Minnesota's developing program.

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Suspect In Officer’s Killing In Serious Condition

The suspect in the killing of a Mendota Heights police officer is in serious condition in a St. Paul hospital following a violent confrontation Wednesday night with police. Brian Fitch Sr.'s condition was updated Thursday by St. Paul police.

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Hundreds Gather To Mourn Slain Officer

Hundreds of people came together at a candlelight vigil to honor a Mendota Heights police officer killed while making a traffic stop in West St. Paul. Some placed flowers, balloons, small American flags and other mementoes curbside where Officer Scott Patrick was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon.

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Police: Duluth Man Suffocated Infant Daughter

Duluth police have arrested a man in the suffocation death of his 14-month-old daughter. 29-year-old Christopher Peterson was charged Wednesday with unintentional second-degree murder.

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UPDATE: Suspect In Mendota Heights Officer Killing In Custody

Police in Mendota Heights say a man wanted in the shooting death of an officer is in custody after being shot by police. St. Paul police spokesman Sgt. Paul Paulos says 39-year-old Brian Fitch Sr. got out of a minivan firing at officers Wednesday evening.

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Appeal Planned In Dismissal Of Waseca School Plot Charges

Prosecutors say they plan to appeal the dismissal of six charges against a 17-year-old boy accused of plotting to kill his family and attack his southern Minnesota high school. The teen appeared in a Waseca County courtroom Wednesday for a hearing on whether he should be sent to adult court.

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Ventura: Mixed Emotions About Defamation Suit Win

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he has mixed emotions about winning his defamation lawsuit in U.S. District Court. Ventura says he is glad his reputation is restored, but wonders who will be next to throw him "under the bus."

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Roseville Robbery Suspect Arrested In Georgia

Minnesota officials say a man accused of robbing a Ramsey County pawnshop at gunpoint is in custody in Georgia. Roseville Police Lt. Lorne Rosand says 24-year-old Marvin Lee Clinton Spencer was arrested Tuesday and charged with three counts of first-degree aggravated robbery.

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TCF Bank Stadium Install Grass For Soccer Match

The University of Minnesota's stadium is getting a grassy makeover in preparation for an international soccer match. The university is covering the artificial turf in TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis with real grass for a Saturday match between England's Manchester City club and Greece's Olympiacos club.

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1st Degree Murder Charges In Schunk Killing

A grand jury in Dakota County has indicted two people for first-degree murder in the death of a University of Minnesota student who was stabbed to death in a Rosemount town house. Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, 32, and Ashley Marie Conrade, 24, were also indicted for second-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Anarae Schunk.

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