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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says unlicensed drivers are more likely to be involved in a deadly crash. Lt. Eric Roeske says statistics from 2011 show unlicensed drivers are twice as likely to be involved in fatal accidents. He tells WCCO-TV that if a driver is behind the wheel without a license, that driver is obviously not cognizant of following the law, and that may lead them to break other laws while behind the wheel.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's budget commissioner says a state Supreme Court ruling on refinancing bonds will save taxpayers "tens of millions of dollars." The court ruled Wednesday the state has the constitutional authority to borrow money to refinance the bonds it sold last year using future revenue from the its 1998 settlement with tobacco companies.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old man with fatally stabbing his mother and teenage nephew in their Minneapolis home. Ishmael Roberts was charged Wednesday in Hennepin County court with two counts of second-degree murder. According to the criminal complaint, a witness awoke in the house and saw a man wearing a mask and dark clothing stabbing the woman. As he ran from the house to call 911 the witness says he heard the boy screaming. Police recovered a sheath for a sword at the scene.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack and Democrat Rick Nolan reprised their disagreements on Medicare, jobs and the effectiveness of Congress in their final debate in a nationally watched House race in northeastern Minnesota. The candidates faced each other for 90 minutes in the Iron Range city of Virginia on Wednesday, five days before Election Day.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — President Barack Obama got an up-close look at the devastation wrought by superstorm Sandy on Wednesday, forsaking partisan campaigning days before the close election in favor of a disaster tour guided by the Republican governor of New Jersey. Rival Mitt Romney muted criticism of his foe as he barnstormed battleground Florida.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two major airports reopened and the floor of the New York Stock Exchange came back to life Wednesday, while across the river in New Jersey, National Guardsmen rushed to rescue flood victims and fires still raged two days after Superstorm Sandy. For the first time since the storm battered the Northeast, killing at least 61 people and inflicting billions of dollars in damage, brilliant sunshine washed over the nation's largest city — a striking sight after days of gray skies, rain and wind.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Minnesota filmmaker sentenced to 10 years in prison for her role in the Iowa Film Office scandal has been denied an appeal of her sentence by the Iowa Court of Appeals. Wendy Weiner Runge claims the district court judge improperly considered comments she made in a blog during her trial. In the posts she criticized prosecutors and the judge and alleged the charges were the result of anti-Semitism.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brad Pitt has agreed to donate $100,000 to help the Human Rights Campaign raise money for its efforts to support same-sex marriage initiatives in several states. The nation's largest gay rights group announced Wednesday that Pitt agreed to match contributions from the group's members up to $100,000. In an e-mail to members of the Human Rights Campaign, Pitt wrote that it's "unbelievable" that people's relationships will be put to a vote on Election Day. Same-sex marriage will be on the ballot in Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington state.
ST. CHARLES, Minn. (AP) — A mayoral candidate in Winona County admits his conviction for selling marijuana could "throw a few complications" into his campaign. Stephen Conlin says he's committed to his campaign for mayor of St. Charles. Conlin will be eligible to vote for himself on Tuesday because he hasn't been sentenced. But, should he defeat incumbent Bill Spitzer, he would not be able to hold office because of his felony conviction. He's scheduled for sentencing in December.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota on Tuesday confirmed its 10th case of fungal meningitis in a national outbreak tied to a tainted steroid from a Massachusetts pharmacy. The patient is a Twin Cities area woman in her 60s, said Richard Danila, the assistant state epidemiologist. She is not hospitalized but is being treated, Danila said.