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  11/26/2014
Driver Runs Down Woman During South Minneapolis Ferguson Demonstration
(Minneapolis, MN) -- A vehicle ran down a woman in south Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon right near the Third Precinct police station as a group of demonstrators were protesting the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury decision. Dave Bicking, one of the march organizers, says they had already formed a solid wall of people and it was absolutely clear to everyone in their cars that the protesters were blocking traffic. Bicking says the driver of a car charged through the crowd, went right through a banner, knocked a woman over and pinned her ankle under the tire. Bicking says people piled on the hood of the vehicle and then tried to lift the corner of the car off the woman, and the driver then gunned the engine and drove right through the crowd and out of the intersection. The suspect was taken into custody later.


11/26/2014
Two Minnesota Men Charged with Aiding ISIS
(Minneapolis, MN) -- Two Somali-Americans face terrorism charges for allegedly planning to travel from their homes in Minnesota to join ISIS. Prosecutors are charging the two men, age 18 and 20, with conspiring to support the Islamic State. U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger says dozens of young people from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area have joined terrorist organizations since a Somalia-based militant group began recruiting in the area in 2007.


11/26/2014
East Coast Weather May Affect Travelers in Minneapolis
(Undated) -- Although so far everything appears to be running smoothly in the first few hours of the busiest travel day of the year at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, a huge storm on the East Coast is affecting travelers in many cities Air traffic tracking website Flightaware-dot-com (www.flightaware.com) shows that more than 200 flights were cancelled before midnight, and more cancellations and delays are expected. The large demand in passengers changing flights has resulted in a number of airlines, including Delta and United, waiving flight-change fees. Officials remind passengers to check their flights before leaving for the airport.


11/26/2014
If You're Bumped from Your Flight This Wknd.
(Various) -- Whether it's the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport or regional airports like Rochester or St. Cloud, they'll be busy this week with people headed off to their Thanksgiving destinations, and those passengers should keep legal protections in mind if things don't go smoothly. Abe Scarr of the Public Interest Research Group says many people aren't aware of their rights -- whether it's the right to be reimbursed if you're bumped, or if there's something wrong with your baggage, or simply the right to complain -- which he says actually has a lot of power to it. For those involuntarily bumped from their plane, Scarr says if the flight is not re-booked within one to two hours, a passenger is owed 200 percent of the one-way fare, up to 650 dollars.


11/26/2014
WI Ferguson Demonstrations
An estimated 300 protesters marched in downtown Milwaukee last night to condemn the police killings of Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee and Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri. Marchers yelled "Hands up, don't shoot" -- one of the symbols of the Ferguson protesters who said Brown was killed while trying to surrender. They also yelled the name of Hamilton, the 31-year-old black man killed by fired white officer Christopher Manney in Milwaukee's downtown Red Arrow Park in April. The march stretched from the shooting scene to the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Police cordoned off streets. Two officers suffered minor injuries. No arrests were made. Dontre's brother Nathaniel urged the protesters to not to be violent. The group marched through the downtown mall, and tried but failed to get into the Bradley Center where the Bucks were playing the Detroit Pistons. In Madison, up to 500 protesters marched against the decision not to charge Ferguson officer Darren Wilson for his shooting of Brown. They also rallied against plans for a new Dane County Jail, saying too many African-Americans are jailed as it is. The marchers carried a huge banner reading, "Black Lives Matter." In La Crosse, about 50 people marched against the Ferguson decision. In Superior, some protesters cited the arrest of Natasha Lancour last January, in which a video showed officer George Gothner hitting her outside a lounge. Police and prosecutors said the action was justified -- and after being charged with a felony, Lancour had her case dropped.


11/26/2014
UW's Gordon Named as Finalist for Two Awards
Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon was named yesterday as a finalist for both the Maxwell and Doak Walker awards. The junior running back from Kenosha is one of three players still in the running for each honor. The Maxwell Award goes to college football's best player. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Mississippi State Q-B Dak Prescott are the other finalists. The Doak Walker award is given to the nation's top running back -- and for the first time, all the finalists are from the Big Ten. Gordon joins Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska and Tevin Coleman of Indiana on that list. Both awards will be presented December 11th on E-S-P-N's College Football Awards Show. Gordon held the N-C-A-A single-game rushing record for a week, with 408 yards against Nebraska. He's tied for the Big Ten's season-rushing record of 21-hundred-nine yards, going into Saturday's regular season finale against Minnesota at home. The winner of that game will face Ohio State for the Big Ten title on December 6th.


11/26/2014
Two Twin Cities Men Accused of Trying to Join Syrian Terrorists
(Minneapolis, MN) -- Two Twin Cities men accused of trying to join terrorists fighting in Syria are being charged in federal court with conspiracy. Abdullahi Yusuf (ab-do-lah-hee you-sef) was stopped by F-B-I agents at MSP Airport just before boarding a flight for Turkey. But Abdi Nur (ab-dee nore) was able to get on a plane for Turkey the day after Yusef was arrested.


11/26/2014
Three Dead in Crash Near Onalaska
Three people were killed Tuesday night in a head-on traffic crash north of La Crosse. It happened about 6:45 p-m on Highway 35 between Onalaska and Holmen. La Crosse County sheriff's deputies were initially told that two cars were involved, but deputies saw a third vehicle in the wreckage when they arrived. Media reports said two cars collided head-on, and the third vehicle was thought to be struck afterward. W-K-B-T T-V said all three of the fatal victims were reportedly from the La Crosse area, and a total of seven people were in the three units. Authorities have not released their names, ages, or home-towns as the crash continues to be investigated. Meanwhile, Milwaukee County deputies are investigating a freeway crash that killed a 54-year-old man. Officials said his vehicle rolled over about two yesterday afternoon while on the ramp between westbound Interstate-94 and northbound Highway 41 near Miller Park. The man was extricated from his vehicle, and died later at a hospital.


11/26/2014
WEAC Says Half of Its Members of Voted to Stay in Existence Another Year
The state's largest teachers' union says about half of its member groups have voted to stay in existence for another year. State officials released results yesterday of more than 300 annual re-certification votes by public school unions. The Wisconsin Education Association Council said 97-percent of its groups that sought to re-certify were successful in doing so. However, just over half of WEAC's (wee-ack's) member groups did not attempt to re-certify -- and while they can still organize, those groups cannot bargain for limited wages as allowed under the state's Act-10 public union law. The 2011 law allows most public unions to bargain only for pay increases at-or-below inflation -- with no bargaining for working conditions. Twelve local unions affiliated with another statewide group, the American Federation of Teachers, all voted to re-certify.


11/26/2014
Fed Gives WI Cranberry Growers Early Christmas Gift
The federal government is giving Wisconsin cranberry growers something to be thankful for -- assistance to help them break even. The U-S-D-A has agreed to buy up to 68-million pounds of cranberries to help alleviate an over-supply among growers. It's more than twice what the producers requested, and it will them stabilize their revenues. According to Wisconsin Public Radio, the over-supply means that cranberry producers are getting 10-to-19 cents a pound -- when they actually need 25-to-30 cents just to break even. Tom Lochner of the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association said the U-S-D-A was originally asked to buy about 30-million pounds of excess products. Those cranberries are expected to end up at food pantries and school lunch programs.


 


 

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