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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Target says latest glitch was not cyber attack

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MINNEAPOLIS -  Target officials say a glitch that slowed down shopping for many customers nationwide was caused by a defect in a network device.  

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The Minneapolis-based retailer wouldn't give specifics, but did say there's no evidence of a cyber attack like the one that led to last year's data breach that compromised credit and debit cards of tens of millions of customers.  The malfunction lasted a few hours and resulted in frustrated customers taking to social media as they waited in long checkout lines. 

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Metro Transit police are reporting the first crash involving a new Green Line light rail train.  Officers say a car ran a red arrow last night on University Avenue in St. Paul, turned in front of the train and was struck on the driver's side.  No injuries were reported.  The 11-mile Green Line between downtowns Minneapolis and St. Paul began operating last weekend.  There were a few accidents while the Green Line was being tested in April and May.  

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Minnesota's southern border communities are cleaning up from last night's (Mon)  storms -- and forecasters say another round is on the way for this afternoon.  Waves of thunderstorms are expected for various parts of southern and central Minnesota through at least Friday.  Meteorologist Mike Griesinger with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen says much of Monday's severe weather erupted along the Iowa border and, while there was substantial wind damage in some areas, no tornadoes are suspected.  Some areas along the I-90 corridor reported 70- to 80-mile-an-hour hour gusts.  Griesinger says the most likely areas for severe weather this afternoon are in those same locations. 

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The seventh annual Health Care Disparities report is out, and shows gaps still exist for key health screenings between Medicaid patients and those with other types of coverage.  Minnesota Community Measurement President Jim Chase says overall findings are mixed, with improvements over the last couple of years in several of the measures -- but he says in the case of colon cancer screening the gap is actually widening.  Twenty percent fewer Medicaid patients in Minnesota are screened for colon cancer than those with other coverage.  And seven-and-a-half percent fewer women on Medicaid were screened for cervical cancer last year than those otherwise insured, compared to the year before -- but Chase says that's due, in part, to the fact that more low income women are being screened.

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Mayo Clinic researchers are testing a treatment for a deadly disease that currently has no cure.  Neurologist Anthony Windebank is leading a clinical trial that may slow the progression of the muscle-wasting disease ALS.  Doctor Windebank says ALS is caused by degeneration of neurons that live in the spinal cord, the brain stem and in the brain -- neurons that control the muscles.  Researchers will populate stem cells from the patient's own fat cells and inject them into the spinal fluid, in hopes that destruction of those neurons can be slowed.

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Country music star Toby Keith is coming to the Minnesota State Fair on opening night August 21st.  Keith's "Shut Up & Hold On Tour" with special guest Colt Ford completes the 2014 Grandstand Concert Series lineup. Tickets go on sale Monday June 23rd.  This year's other grandstand acts are Aretha Franklin (8/22), Kid Rock (8/23), the Happy Together Tour 2014 (8/25), Linkin Park (8/26),  Tim McGraw (8/27), Fall Out Boy (8/28), A Prairie Home Companion (8/29), MN Music On-A-Stick (8/30), and Journey with Joan Jett(9/1).  The 2014 Great Minnesota Get-Together runs August 21st through Labor Day. (mnstatefair.org) 

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