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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Suspect in cop shooting in custody
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WEST ST. PAUL -- Following an extensive manhunt, St. Paul Police arrested a man believed to be the suspect who shot and killed a Mendota Heights Police Officer.  39-year-old Brian Fitch Sr. opened fire on arresting officers last (Wed) night near the area of Rice and Sycamore Streets; police returned fire and Fitch was hit several times and then taken into custody.  A woman with him was also shot and wounded.  Mendota Heights Mayor Sandra Krebsbach says 47-year-old Officer Scott Patrick, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop earlier in the day, was a veteran officer and had been with the department for 19 years.  Patrick leaves behind a wife and two teenage children.

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Police are asking the public's help to find a missing woman from Hutchinson.  Police Lieutenant Tom Gifferson says 48-year-old Tamara Newcomb left her home Tuesday morning for an appointment in Watertown but never arrived, and there's been no contact with her since.  Gifferson says Newcomb's family indicates this is not like her and they're growing more and more concerned.  Newcomb is 5-6, 215 pounds, blonde hair and green eyes.  She was driving a 2001 silver Saturn SL-2, license plate XRE-828.  Anyone with information should contact Hutchinson police.

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Archbishop John Nienstedt says he is not resigning despite recent criticism for the way he has handled sex abuse cases involving priests.  The Archdiocese has been accused of covering up child abuse allegations and lawsuits against church officials.  Nienstedt says the church did not handle all complaints properly but did say they are trying to create a safe environment for children.  

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Pay raises for some starting tomorrow (Friday). The state's minimum wage goes up to eight-dollars an hour, for businesses with gross annual sales of more than 500 thousand dollars.  Phyllis Gruby, owner of the A & W Restaurant in Sartell, says their starting wage will go up from the federal minimum wage of seven-25 an hour.  She says their business has been good, but food costs have risen more than anybody expected, and Gruby says "it's like it never ends."  Gruby says she expects to raise their food prices, but add you can only raise them so much.  The state's minimum wage will go up to nine-dollars an hour on August 1st of next year, then to 9-50 an hour on August 1st of 2016.

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Officials are preparing for the state's new medical marijuana program and there's a meeting this afternoon (130pm) in Saint Paul.  It's to familiarize 16 members of a special task force with their duties specified in state law.  There will be another meeting a week from Friday when potential manufacturers and others will be briefed about program guidelines and the timetable.  The legislature this spring approved a limited medical cannibas program in Minnesota.  Patients can only use a pill, liquid or vaporized form of the drug.  Only those with eight illnesses including cancer, HIV/AIDS and glaucoma qualify for the program.

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C-E-O David Berg with American Crystal Sugar is fighting a subpoena to testify in a federal lawsuit that the Moorhead-based company is not a party to.  It challenges corn industry claims that sugar and corn syrup are nutritionally the same.  Lawyers for the corn syrup industry says Berg would be a good witness, but Berg's lawyer David Bunde says Berg doesn't have information relevant to the case.  An attorney for the corn syrup industry argues Berg is a bystander and therefore has less bias than other sugar executives.  Judge Ralph Erickson says he plans to rule on the subpoena next week.

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A grand opening ceremony this morning (1045am) for a new visitor plaza and restroom building at the Ray Berglund State Wayside on Highway 61 along Minnesota's North Shore.  It includes 54 scenic acres at the mouth of the Onion River between Tofte and Lutsen.  Berglund was a Saint Paul businessman who cared passionately about conservation, and donations from the Berglund Family Foundation have helped fund significant upgrades over the years.

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Minneapolis-based Target Corporation has named Brian Cornell their new chief executive officer.  The 55-year-old executive has been with PepsiCo for the past decade.  This is the first time Target has turned to an outsider to repair a battered corporate culture and navigate a sea change in Americans' shopping habits.  Target continues to struggle following a massive data breach that derailed sales over the holiday season and kept customers away for months.  Cornell will join Target August 12th.

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No charges have been filed after a Brooklyn Center teen was killed by a suspected drunk driver last week.  The Minnesota State Patrol says 16-year-old Jason McCarthy was rear-ended last Tuesday by 24-year-old Michael Vanwagner of Coon Rapids.  The accident left McCarthy dead and Vanwagner hospitalized.  Authorities are still waiting for the results of a blood alcohol test.

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Charges have been filed in a weekend stabbing in west central Minnesota.  31-year-old Cartly Lacey of Maynard is charged with attempted 2nd Degree Murder and 1st Degree Assault.  The stabbing happened at a campground near Elbow Lake early Saturday.  38-year-old Keith Peterson of Maynard was stabbed multiple times.  He's in stable condition at a Fargo hospital.  Bond for Lacey is set at $250,000 with conditions for release.

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A man is in jail after a frightening series of events for two Otter Tail County women.  The sheriff's office says a woman called 9-1-1 to report that a man had followed her to her child's daycare center, and refused to leave the area. Soon after another call came in from a woman who told dispatchers that she was alone at a home near the daycare, and a man was trying to break into her house.  The man and the vehicle he was driving matched descriptions provided in the earlier call, and the man was found walking out of the garage of the second victim's home.  31-year-old Alassane Ba of St Cloud was arrested for trespassing, disorderly conduct and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

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A man being held in the Otter County Jail, awaiting trial for the murder of his nephew over a drug debt, has plead guilty to a jail assault during a dispute over noodles.  Investigators say 65-year-old Michael Allen Burris was charged with 5th degree assault after a June altercation, during which he tried to choke another inmate because that inmate owed him one dollar worth of ramen noodles.  Burris pled guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to time served and a $300 fine.  $200 of the fine is stayed and he will be allowed to work in the jail to pay the rest.

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Rochester police continue looking for a suspect in a shooting that happened on a city street last(thurs) night . Officers learned of the shooting around 7:30 when a man who had been shot in the chin showed up at St. Mary's for treatment of his wound.  The injury was described as non-life threatening.  A police spokesman says the man and some friends had been involved in a physical confrontation with some other men near the Perkins north restaurant.  One of the other men took out a gun and fired one shot.  He and his friends then fled.  It's believed the altercation began as an attempted robbery.

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A survey finds Minnesotans are getting the level of healthcare they're paying for.  WalletHub ranks Minnesota tops in health-related return on investment.  The financial advice website analyzed the costs of healthcare, health insurance premiums and death rates to develop the rankings.  Mississippi had the worst healthcare returns.

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A large Minnesota based food processing company is closing its slaughterhouse in Milwaukee.  Cargill Inc. says a limited cattle supply is the reason for the closure.  The result is a loss of around 600 jobs.  Cargill bought the facility in 2001.  

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Discussions are going on this week about a possible high-speed rail line from Rochester to the Twin Cities.  Planners have held meetings throughout the week to take public comments about the new "Zip Rail" project.  The line would be 100-miles long and a typical ride is expected to take about 50-minutes.

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