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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Online virus "Heartbleed" causing Minnesotans to re-set passwords

An on-line bug called "Heartbleed" is affecting a huge chunk of the Internet, which means that a password change is likely in order for hundreds of Minnesotans. 

The breakdown revealed this week affects a widely used encryption technology that is supposed to protect on-line accounts for a variety of on-line communications and electronic commerce.  Cody Mills with Straight Forwarding Computing in Battle Lake advises people to change all of their passwords immediately and keep changing them over the next few weeks.  Mills says passwords should be changed every three months.  


A St. Louis Park physician is among those testifying at today's medical marijuana bill hearing in a Minnesota state Senate committee.  Dr. Jacob Mirman of Life Medical says he has a patient with multiple sclerosis who has tried all the conventional medications and they are not working.  He says his patient is now smoking marijuana illegally and it is actually working.  Mirman says his patient asked him for a medical marijuana card so he didn't have to buy it illegally on the street.  Dr. Mirman asked the committed to legalize the use of medical marijuana in the state so he can do what's ethical for his patients.  He says you cannot overdose on marijuana and claims it is less dangerous than Tylenol, Prozac, tobacco and alcohol.


State lawmakers would not have immunity from arrest or prosecution under a bill approved last night in the Minnesota state House of Representatives.  The measure makes it clear that legislators are not above the law if they are pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol.  Students at Concordia University called attention to a statute that says legislators "shall be privileged from arrest" during the legislative session except in cases of treason, felony and breach of the peace.  The bill now goes to the Senate where it was tabled March 27th in the Judiciary Committee.   


The Minnesota House passed a bill that amends the definition of a drug to also include synthetic drugs.  Bill author Representative Erik Simonson of Duluth says this will hamper drug makers' ability to create new poisons.  He says it would stop any retail sales of synthetic drugs once and for all across Minnesota. The legislation also included funding for increasing public awareness of the dangers of synthetic drugs and developing targeted education towards children and young adults.


Many locations across the state saw the warmest temperatures in six months on Wednesday.  The mercury topped 80 degrees in Montevideo, Ortonville and Madison in western and southwestern Minnesota.  Places farther north like Moorhead, Brainerd and Alexandria reached 75 while the high temp in the Twin Cities was 73.  Today's statewide forecast is at least ten degrees cooler than yesterday.