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Light rail in St. Paul

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The light rail made a test run on the Central Corridor track in St. Paul on Sunday, news sources reported.

The train was towed down the Green Line, otherwise known as the Central Corridor, connecting downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, MPR News reported.

There is no power running to the train yet, but crews were verifying clearance, the Pioneer Press reported.

The test run took a total of five hours, Pioneer Press reported.

The train will be towed back to Minneapolis on Wednesday, MPR News reported.

The light rail is the most complex and largest public-works project in state history and is 92 percent completed, MPR News reported.

The project is expected to be officially completed in 2014, Pioneer Press reported.

Student from Minnesota found dead in Arizona

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A student who was born in Minnesota and lived here for the majority of her life was found dead in Arizona Tuesday, news sources reported.

Rebecca Kasper, 19, a student at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. was found handcuffed and beaten in a bathtub in her boyfriend's apartment, the Pioneer Press reported.

Kasper's boyfriend, Luis Soltero, is a suspect in the case and held at Maricopa County jail on suspicion of first-degree premeditated murder, the Star Tribune reported.

Soltero's bail is $1 million, the Pioneer Press reported.

Kasper lived in Northfield and St. Cloud for the majority of her life until she moved to Arizona to attend the business school at Arizona State University, the Star Tribune reported.

Former Minneapolis police officer faces more charges

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A former Minneapolis police officer who is already facing criminal charges was arrested again on Thursday and charged with four counts of Internet or computer solicitation of children, news sources reported.

On Thursday Bradley Schnickel was arrested in Hennepin County on charages that he allegedly sent photos of his genitalia to a 11-year-old girl last fall, the Star Tribune reported.

Schnickel is facing charges in Anoka County of sexually assaulting young teenager girls that he met on the internet, CBS News reported.

Schnickel appeared in court in Hennepin Thursday, CBS News reported.

The court hearing in Anoka will be held May 16, the Star Tribune reported.

Second stillborn that is treated like laundry

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Regions Hospital issued a notice Friday that a second stillborn remains may have been sent to a laundry service, news sources reported.

The first stillborn was found wrapped in bed sheets after being sent to Crothall Laundry on Tuesday, ABC News reported.

Friday the hospital reported that another stillborn remains were missing, Pioneer Press reported.

"A tragic human error was made and we believe both sets of remains were mistaken as empty linens and placed in the laundry at the same time by a hospital worker," said Chris Boese, the hospital's chief nursing officer to Pioneer Press.

The hospital also said that extra measures would be taken to prevent future incidents from occurring, ABC News reported.

"That's our No. 1 concern, our patients, our family. We're deeply saddened and troubled that this happened and want to make sure that it never happens again," Boese said to ABC News.

Minneapolis Standoff finally ends

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After seven hours the police have ended the standoff in Northern Minneapolis Sunday, news sources reported.

The standoff was ended seven hours later after police subdued the suspect with chemical irritant released by a robot, the Star Tribune reported.

The standoff began early Sunday morning after a woman ran out of a home on the 3500 block of Newton Avenue North yelling for help, CBS News reported.

The police were notified at 4:40 a.m. and told that it was a domestic incident involving two men, a woman, and a child, the Star Tribune reported.

One man was suspected to be armed but the other man, woman, and child escaped the incident safely, CBS News reported.

The suspect, Eric Christopher Simmons, was arrested and is facing charges that include false imprisonment and reckless discharge of a fire arm, CBS News reported.

Twin Cities actor dies

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Phil Kilbourne was an individual that graced Twin Cities stages with his acting persona until Saturday when he died at age 61, news sources reported.

Kilbourne died Saturday on the two-year anniversary of his diagnosis of metastatic melanoma, the Star Tribune reported.

"He always had a great sense of occasion and timing. I thought he may have left us on Easter, but that's Jesus' day. Then we thought that maybe he would've left us on April Fools'. That would've been very much like him," said Marysue Moses, Kilbourne's wife of 16 years, the Star Tribune reported.

Kilbourne regularly performed at the Jungle Theater and Pernumbra in the Twin Cities, NPR News reported.

"He really was a tremendous spirit with a huge heart and an incisive brain. The world will be the worse, lacking him," said Charlie Bethel actor and director who had collaborated with Kilbourne NPR News reported.

University of Minnesota President Kaler proposed that the university manage Fairview Health Services in a January letter released on Thursday, news sources reported.

"We propose a new combination of our organizations in which the university acquires control of, and commits to enhance the historic mission of, Fairview in our state," said Kaler in his letter Pioneer Press reported.

Fairview Health Services is Minneapolis based institution that collaborates with the University of Minnesota as a teaching hospital since 1997, Pioneer Press reported.

Fairview has also been in pursuit by Sanford Health, MN Daily reported.

Attorney General Lori Swanson has scheduled a hearing Sunday at the Capitol discussing the merger between Fairview and Sanford, Pioneer Press reported.

Currently Fairview has a networth of $1.2 billion, MN Daily reported.

The Minnesota Zoo began launching their new extensive and expensive renovation program Saturday to attract more visitors, news sources reported.

The Minnesota Zoo will be under renovation for the next 15 to 20 years, WCCO reported.

The first phase the renovation process includes construction of an African trial, that will allow visitors to learn about lions, giraffes, and hippos, and an events center, the Star Tribune reported.

The first phase of the renovation is expected to cost $50 million and will be paid for by private donations, additional state aid, and an increase in the zoo's admission fees, Star Tribune reported.

The zoo has seen record attendance the past three years Lee Ehmke, the Minnesota Zoo director, reported to WCCO News, but with the new renovations they hope to increase admissions to support conservation efforts and education the Minnesota Zoo provides.

Later renovations include camel rides, an elevated zip-line and a new restaurant, the Star Tribune reported.

University of Minnesota fires coach Tubby

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University of Minnesota fired men's basketball coach Tubby Smith Monday, news sources reported.

After coaching the men's basketball team Smith was fired Monday by the University of Minnesota after failing to make the program more successful Athletic Director Norwood Teague said to Star Tribune.

The University must buy out Smith because of the renewal of his contract last July, which will cost the University $2.5 million, Star Tribune reported.

In addition Smith will also be paid $250,000 in retirement and $450,000 in salary for the next three months, MN Daily reported.

Smith has the Gophers with a record of 46-62 in the Big Ten with no winning conference seasons, which Teague said lead to Smith's termination, MN Daily reported.

The decision to fired Smith was for the future of the University of Minnesota "something we feel like will propel us," Teague said to the Star Tribune.

Search parties still have not found missing St. Paul when searching Lilydale Regional Park Sunday, news sources reported.

The St. Paul woman Kira Trevino has been missing since Feb. 21 and still has not been found, Pioneer Press reported.

Search parties are still searching for Trevino's body after her husband Jeffery has been arrested and charged with murder, KSTP reported.

Search parties searched Spring Lake Reserve in Rosemount on Saturday and still no progress has been made, Pioneer Press reported.

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