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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Teen who moved to Saint Paul accused of murder in Wisconsin

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RACINE - A teen who recently moved to St. Paul was arrested in Racine, Wisconsin, after the 15-year-old was accused of killing another teen in Racine and then bragging about in an online rap video. 

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Tommy Canady is charged as an adult with murder and robbery in the death of 19-year-old Semar McClain.  Prosecutors said Canady tried robbing McClain and then shot him in the head July 29th.  Police discovered that Canady had posted a rap song on the Internet two days later, in which he said he'd kill someone and "snatch his gold." Canady is jailed under a half-million dollar bond after an initial court appearance yesterday.  He's back in court next Thursday when a judge will decide if there's enough evidence to order a trial.

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Men from Wisconsin Dells to Saint Paul were caught in an online prostitution sting in Wausau, Wisconsin.  Police released the suspects' names Thursday -- including Wausau elementary school teacher Aaron Kottke, who resigned this week as a fifth-grade instructor in the wake of his citation.  22-year-old Pa Nhia Hang of St. Paul was cited for prostitution and not having an escort license.  Police said the men responded to an online prostitution ad that authorities placed  Instead of issuing criminal charges, the city gives out two-thousand-dollar non-criminal tickets to violators.

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Police in Winona are investigating ten reports of American flags being burned in that southeast Minnesota community.  Sergeant Chris Nelson says in most cases the flags were on poles attached to homes and it's fortunate none of the houses caught fire.  It's a misdemeanor to damage property like a flag but the crime can rise to a felony if the damage exceeds a thousand dollars.  Police continue to search for suspects.  Anyone with information on the flag burnings should call Winona Area Crime Stoppers and will be eligible for a reward. 

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Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-St. Paul) is applauding the National Guard's decision to end its NASCAR and IndyCar sponsorships.  The Army was spending $44-million dollars a year sponsoring NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Junior and IndyCar driver Graham Rahal.  McCollum says "paying one race car driver $32-million in taxpayer funds year after year to put a logo on his car has been a complete waste of taxpayer dollars."  McCollum adds it's time to put that money into proven recruitment efforts that will provide the National Guard with high-quality recruits they need to meet future challenges.

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Cargill's fourth-quarter earnings fell 12 percent from a year ago but profit rose significantly in its animal protein segment.  The Minnetonka-based company's beef business led that divisions' strong performance.  The increase is attributed to good cattle feeding results in North America and brisk export of Australian beef.  Just last week, Cargill closed a beef-processing facility in Milwaukee after closing another facility last year in Texas.  Net earnings dropped to $424 million in the quarter ending May 31 from $483 million a year ago.  Revenue rose two percent to $36.2 billion.

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