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Attorneys Hope Toyota Inspection will Grant New Trial

An inspection of the Toyota Camry involved in the deaths of three people that sent a Minnesota man to prison is underway, Kare 11 said.

The inspection will take two days, and attorneys hope that it will win the driver, Koua Fong Lee, a new trial, Star Tribune said.

Lee was convicted of criminal vehicluar homicide after his car accelerated unexpectedly and crashed into another vehicle in 2006, Kare 11 said.

Lee's attorneys said that he did everything he could to stop the car, which has been recalled because of a cruise-control problem causing the vehicle to suddenly accelerate, Kare 11 said.

Gopher Linebacker May Face Felony Charges

University of Minnesota linebacker Gary Tinsley faces criminal charges after fleeing police this weekend on a moped, Kare 11 said.

Tinsley, 20, faces felony counts for fleeing police, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving, Star Tribune said.

A Minneapolis police lieutenant saw Tinsley and another person driving mopeds the wrong way down a one-way street. The lieutenant tried to stop the riders, but they fled-- driving through yards and on sidewalks, the Minneapolis Police said.

Tinsley was caught, but the other man was not found, the Minneapolis Police said.

Tinsley was booked and taken to Hennepin County jail, Kare 11 said.

Twins Win at Target Field

The Minnesota Twins won their first stadium opener in franchise history Monday when they defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-2 at the new Target Field, Pioneer Press said.

The Twins played their first season in Metropolitan Stadium in 1961, where they lost the opener to the Washington Senators 5-3, Kare 11 said.

In 1982, the Twins moved to the Metrodome where they were defeated by the Seatlle Mariners 11-7, Kare 11 said.

Now in their 50th season, the Twins opened Target Field with a slew of famous former players in attendance, including Harmon Killebrew and Rod Carew, said Kare 11.

Hecker Approved for Public Defender

A bankrupt Denny Hecker claimed poverty and was approved for a public defender, the Associated Press said.

Ben Toder of Chestnut Cambronne law firm will defend Hecker at the expense of the public, the Associated Press said.

A conflict of interest caused the switch in representation. Hecker's trail is set for Oct. 18, Kare 11 said.

Hecker is charged with wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, conspiracy and money laundering, Kare 11 said.

Minneapolis is Best Bike City in America

Minneapolis has been named America's best bike city by Bicycling magazine, City Pages said.

Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybeck is proud of the city, acknowledging that the city has come a long way since the first bike lanes.

Minneapolis has 127 miles of bike paths, and in June the city will start the nation's largest bike share program, Kare 11 said.

The city also has the most bike parking per capita of any American city, Kare 11 said.

Gun Threat at Hastings School

An eighth-grade student from Hastings was arrested for allegedly bringing a loaded gun to school and threatening to shoot, WNMT said.

The boy entered a classroom and ordered students to get down before pulling out a loaded .22 caliber revolver. Teacher Mike Rapatz calmly spoke to the student, urging him not to shoot when the student ran from the classroom, Kare 11 said.

The student then smashed windows and computers in the school before returning to Rapatz's classroom and then running outside.

Police officers tackled the boy and he is now is Dakota County juvenile center awaiting charges, Kare 11 said.

Pawlenty Signs Tax Credits, Budget Cuts

Gov Tim Pawlenty signed a bill on Thursday that will give over $100 million in tax breaks to buisness over the next three years, the Associated Press said.

The bill will benefit the St. Paul Ford plant with tax exemptions and job retention. The plant is scheduled to close in 2011, and Palenty hopes the bill will convince officials to reconsider, Minnesota Public Radio said.

Pawlenty said at the signing ceremony that the bill will improve Minnesotans' quility of life, citing job growth and econimic activity.

Pawlenty also signed a bill that will cut state spending in an effort to reduce the deficit, Minnesota Public Radio said.

Wolf Moves to Dakota Zoo

The Mexican gray wolf that escaped from Forest Lake Wildlife Center in February, is being moved to a new zoo on Wednesday, the Star Tribune said.

The wolf, nicknamed "Medium Toast," was rejected by her two sisters when she was returned to the zoo. She had to be separated from the other wolves, and is being moved to Dakota Zoo in Bismarck, North Dakota, the Star Tribune said.

The Mexican gray wolf is an endangered species and is part of species survival plan, The Bismarck Tribune said.

Medium Toast will be the fourth Mexican gray wolf at the Dakota Zoo, the Bismarck Tribune said.

Joe Nathan Out for Surgery

Twins closer Joe Nathan will have a Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Friday, putting him out for the 2010 season, Pioneer Press said.

Nathan, who felt discomfort in his pitching elbow at the beginning of March, sought opinions from other players before selecting the Met's team physician, Dr. David Altchek, as his surgeon, ESPN News said.

Altchek will remove a ligament from Nathan's right forearm and use it to replace the torn elbow ligament, Pioneer Press said.

Nathan is hopeful that he will be able to spend the season rehabbing at Target Field, allowing him to attend Twins home games, Pioneer Press said.

Minn. Senate Lifts Ban on Alcohol in TCF Stadium

Lawmakers are re-discussing the decision to ban alcohol in TCF Stadium after a bill was passed in the Minnesota Senate to lift the ban, Associated Press said.

The bill, sponsored by Sandra Pappas, D-St. Paul, would allow the university to decide alcohol rules, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal said.

The bill also proposes that money from alcohol sales would be used for merit scholarships for athletes, Associated Press said.

The University of Minnesota has no formal position on the bill, The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal said.

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