MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Railroad documents released by the state show that about 50 trains carrying crude oil from North Dakota are passing through Minnesota each week. Nearly all of the oil trains pass through populated areas, and each train carries more than 1 million gallons of crude. The railroads were required to provide the traffic flow summaries to states so first responders could prepare for potential emergencies.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - A Mankato man facing murder charges in the deaths of two people who ingested synthetic drugs has skipped his latest court hearing and is wanted by police. Authorities are looking for Tyler Caputo after he didn't appear for a hearing Friday. The 21-year-old is accused of supplying a synthetic drug that killed 17-year-old Chloe Moses and 22-year-old Louis Folson in separate incidents in March.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - After a long push to legalize medical marijuana, Minnesota officials are starting the process to get it into patients' hands. The state has created an Office of Medical Cannabis and hired its director, but the program still needs to build technological systems to register patients, hire a doctor to manage research and, crucially, find two manufacturers to cultivate and distribute the drug.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Michele Bachmann is spending the weekend along the U.S.-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at an immigration crisis involving Central American youth. Her office says members of Congress are planning a handful of stops to visit with border patrol personnel and local officials. Bachmann has been critical of President Barack Obama's handling of immigration and border security issues.
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