Cellphone suit appealed to Supreme Court
Attorney General Mike Hatch wants to take a legal battle over Minnesota cell phone contracts to the U.S. Supreme Court. Hatch today filed an appeal asking the high court to reinstate a Minnesota law that forces more transparency from cell phone companies that want to change their rates in the middle of a customer's contract. Late last year a federal appeals court struck down the 2004 law at the request of cell phone companies. Host Stephen John talked with Hatch.5:23 p.m.
A one-newspaper Twin Cities? McClatchy Company, which owns the Minneapolis Star Tribune, is reportedly the top bidder for the parent company of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.5:49 p.m.
Memorial to Kirby
Many Minnesota sports fans are still dealing with the shock from earlier in the week, when it was learned that Twins great Kirby Puckett had died of a stroke at the age of 45. Now, his old team is looking to pack the Metrodome one more time, in his honor. A public memorial service is scheduled for Sunday evening for the long-time center.
Among Puckett's friends and former colleagues scheduled to speak are Kent Hrbek, Torii Hunter, Tom Kelly, Harmon Killebrew.
To tell us more about planning for the Kirby Puckett Memorial, Host Stephen John talked with Twins spokesperson Peter Martin.5:53 p.m.
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