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Franken-McFadden debate: Mines, terrorism, health care

Senator Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden held their first debate in Duluth this morning. They sparred on a variety of topics, including terrorism, the state’s health insurance exchange and mining in northeastern Minnesota. Another debate, this time between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, Republican nominee Jeff Johnson and Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet, is scheduled for tonight in Rochester.

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Minnesota realtors reconsider safety measures after death of Arkansas agent

The apparent murder of a real estate agent in Arkansas has Minnesota realtors re-evaluating safety protocols. The CEO of the Southeast Minnesota Association of Realtors told ABC 6 the death of Beverly Carter, whose body was found in a shallow grave outside Little Rock on Tuesday, has devastated the group’s members. She said safety training is part of a new agent’s orientation, and added some are seeking self-defense courses. Carter’s murder has been linked to a prospective buyer she met alone at a home last week.

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An alligator in Minnesota? Anoka County woman startled by live gator

Unlike the fake alligator incident in Rockville, Minnesota, last month, an Anoka County woman says she encountered the real deal last week when she walked out of her house and noticed the reptile in her front yard. She called police, who were advised to destroy the 3 to 4 foot long animal because alligators are considered invasive species in Minnesota. The homeowner says she regrets the alligator's death. It's unclear how it ended up in the area.

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