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A police officer is shot and killed; Nienstedt breaks his silence; Target finds a CEO

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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  • Officer shootingOfficer shot and killed; suspect captured after shootout
    Mendota Heights police Officer Scott Patrick was shot and killed Wednesday in West St. Paul during what police are calling a routine traffic stop. By nightfall, authorities had captured a suspect they sought in the killing.
  • SWAT teams pack upChaotic scene, then massive manhunt
    Kimberly Alley was on her way back to work when she saw a woman jump out of an SUV, screaming that a police officer had been shot. "I pulled around and there was a nurse giving him chest compressions and he was not doing very well," she said.
  • Archbishop John NienstedtNienstedt's says he's staying put
    In a one-on-one interview with MPR News, Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt defended his decisions on several abuse cases, but said he was caught off guard with the immensity of recent news reports about his actions. "I, in a sense, didn't see the forest for the trees," he said.
  • Brian CornellTarget hires PepsiCo executive Brian Cornell as new CEO
    Cornell, 55, served as CEO of PepsiCo Americas Foods. Prior to that, he'd been president and CEO of Sam's Club. He has served on the board of directors of Medina, Minnesota-based Polaris Industries since 2012.
  • Samaritan's Purse staff putting on protective gearEbola: Is it a threat to Minnesota?
    With deadly diseases just a plane ride away these days, we wondered what the likelihood is that we could see a case of Ebola in this country. The director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, joined MPR's Cathy Wurzer.
  • Wisconsin protestWis. Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law
    The law effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's recall election.
  • Medical personnel inside an Ebola clinicEbola: Peace Corps pulls hundreds of volunteers out of West Africa
    Meanwhile, Liberia's president ordered the nation's schools to shut down and most civil servants to stay home as fears deepened over the virus that already has killed more than 670 people in West Africa.
  • Debate: GOP candidates for governor
    Wednesday's debate was the first time in a month that the four candidates -- Marty Seifert, Kurt Zellers, Scott Honour and Jeff Johnson -- had been featured in a public forum or debate. It also came one day after campaign finance reports were released.

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