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Minnesota meteorologist fired for military duty?

University of Minnesota graduate Nicole Mitchell, a former on-air meteorologist with the Weather Channel, is suing network. She alleges that her contract was not renewed because her Air Force Reserve duties conflicted with the job.
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Former The Weather Channel meteorologist and Woodbury High School graduate Nicole Mitchell is suing her one-time employer, KPBS in San Diego says. Mitchell alleges the network did not renew her contract because of her service in the Air Force Reserve.

Mitchell's weekend duties with the military began to conflict with her Weather Channel job after the network’s ownership changed, and she was asked to clear her service time with her superiors, “which is not how the military works,” Mitchell said, Woodbury Patch reported.

Her employment with the network ended in January 2011, Woodbury Patch said. “They made it clear that they did not approve that I was putting something else first,” she said.

The Weather Channel has its own version of what happened, but can't disclose details, according to a press release.

Mitchell was born in Fargo, raised in Minnesota, and graduated from the University of Minnesota. She's been talking more about her case with the media this month.

She recently shared more of her story with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News.

A fan created a "best of" video from her time on The Weather Channel.

She did a recent radio interview about the controversy:

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