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MINNESOTA POLL-PRESIDENTIAL RACE Minn. Poll: Presidential Race tightening in state (Information in the following story is from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – With Election Day over a week away, a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll shows the presidential race is tightening in the state. The poll published yesterday in the Star Tribune says President Barack Obama holds a 3-point lead over Republican Mitt Romney. The lead is within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. The poll shows Obama has support from 47 percent of likely voters, while Romney has support from 44 percent. A Minnesota Poll last month showed Obama had an 8-percentage point advantage. Since then, Romney has gained more support from women and from undecided voters. Meanwhile, more independent voters have leaned toward Obama in the last month. The poll surveyed 800 likely Minnesota voters by phone between October 23rd and October 25th. No Republican presidential candidate has won Minnesota since 1972.
MINNESOTA POLL-GAY MARRIAGE Poll: Fight over ban on gay marriage is tight (Information in the following story is from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll shows the fight over a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is in a statistical dead heat. The Star Tribune reported Sunday that 48 percent of likely Minnesota voters support the amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman, while 47 percent of Minnesotans oppose the change. Five percent are undecided. Those in favor are short of the 50 percent needed to change the state Constitution. A September Minnesota Poll had similar results. The poll was conducted among 800 likely voters who were contacted by cellphone and land line from October 23rd to October 25th. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
MINN ST-MANKATO-CHILD PORN Hoffner asks to have child porn charges dismissed (Information in the following story is from: The Free Press, http://www.mankatofreepress.com) MANKATO, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota State, Mankato, football coach facing child pornography counts is trying to get the charges dismissed. Todd Hoffner’s attorney filed a request for dismissal in advance of a Wednesday hearing in Blue Earth County. Hoffner was put on paid leave in August and charged with felonies after videos of his children were found on a university-issued cellphone. Prosecutors say the videos show the children dancing naked and touching themselves. Attorney Jim Fleming says the videos are not child pornography. He and Hoffner’s wife have called them innocent family moments. Fleming already asked prosecutors to drop the charges, after officers found no child pornography on Hoffner’s computers and county officials found no evidence of sexual abuse. Hoffner has been volunteering with youth football.
GRAIN ELEVATOR DEATH Man falls from Buffalo Lake grain elevator, dies BUFFALO LAKE, Minn. (AP) – A 28-year-old man has died after a 60-foot fall from a grain elevator in Buffalo Lake. The Star Tribune reports the man was a contractor working on the elevator when he fell on Saturday. The Renville County Sheriff’s Office says local officials and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating. The victim’s name has not been released. ROAD RAGE SHOOTING Woman shot while riding in car on highway EAGAN, Minn. (AP) – A woman was shot early Sunday in an apparent road rage incident on a metro area highway. Eagan police say the 26-year-old woman was one of eight people in a Volkswagen Jetta that was being tailgated by a dark sport utility vehicle on an Interstate 35E entrance ramp in Eagan shortly before 2:30 a.m. While on the ramp, the Jetta’s driver slowed and made an obscene gesture toward the SUV. Police say that on the highway, the SUV then drove alongside the Jetta and someone from inside the SUV fired at least two shots, hitting the woman in the shoulder. Her injuries are not life-threatening. Police say they need the public’s help. Many of the witnesses were intoxicated – including the Jetta’s driver, who was arrested for drunken driving.
MINNEAPOLIS HIT-AND-RUN Man dead after hit-and-run in Minneapolis MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A 20-year-old man is dead after an apparent hit-and-run in Minneapolis, and police are still searching for suspects. Minneapolis police say officers were called to 3rd Street North and 1st Avenue early Saturday on a call of a hit-and-run. They arrived to find that a man had been hit. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died. As of Sunday, there were no suspects in custody. Police say the vehicle is being described as a dark four-door car, possibly a Chevy Lumina, with front edge damage. Crime Stoppers of Minnesota is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps solve the case.