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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Murder suspect still in Duluth hospital

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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Murder suspect still in Duluth hospital
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DULUTH - The 44-year-old man suspected of killing his parents in their Wisconsin apartment on Saturday remains in an induced coma in a Duluth hospital, guarded by sheriff's deputies. 

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Investigators say Jimmy Crain will eventually be charged with first-degree murder, which carries a life sentence in Wisconsin.  Crain was taken to the hospital after he was discovered in his parents' home with what police say are probable self-inflicted knife wounds. His parents, Jim and Eunice Crickett-Crain, were found dead in the apartment.  The investigation is ongoing and police have not yet said how the elderly couple was killed or what the motive may have been.

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Congressman Tim Walz (DFL-Mankato) has introduced a bill that would formally name the VA outpatient clinic in Mankato after a World War II hero.  The entire Minnesota delegation co-sponsored legislation naming the clinic after the late Lyle Pearson of North Mankato.  First Lieutenant Pearson flew the equivalent of 50 combat missions over occupied territory until he was shot down in Italy in December of 1944.  He spent six months as a prisoner of war and was awarded several medals including the Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross.  He passed away on January 11th of this year.  Walz says Lyle Pearson was the true definition of an American hero. 

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A Minneapolis Police official told lawmakers in a hearing focused on safety on college and university campuses that they've responded hard and fast to a recent rash of robberies and assaults near the University of Minnesota campus.  Deputy Chief Ed Frizell says patrols have been increased and officers are working overtime to combat the problem.  Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek says crime overall isn't on the increase, but crime targeting young people is rising. He calls it "apple picking," and says college students are often victimized by thieves who want their pricey gadgets like iPhones, iPads and tablets, and laptop computers.

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Two of the four crew members on the Canadian National train that derailed in Two Harbors were not aboard when it left the tracks.  Canadian National spokesman Patrick Waldron says the two crew members who were injured were in the lead locomotive long enough to pull the emergency brake but the company is now looking into how and why they left the train.  Two other crew members were in one of the other four locomotives pulling the train and were not hurt.  The Duluth News-Tribune reports that the track was reopened over the weekend.

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The goal is to have all children ready to learn when they reach kindergarten, and a program in central Minnesota is focused on making sure the same opportunities for success are available for children of immigrants and refugees. Jane Ellison of the Access Project in Greater St. Cloud says when early childhood programs were first established, new populations weren't really considered.  In Minnesota, only about 60 percent of kindergarteners are considered "school ready" and the rates for children from disadvantaged backgrounds are even lower.

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