- Associated Press - Saturday, April 26, 2014
Minnesota records first measles case this year

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota has recorded its first case of measles this year.

State health officials confirmed the measles in a 19-month-old Hennepin County child, according to the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/QPvsAChttp://strib.mn/QPvsAC ).

The Minnesota Department of Health has alerted health care providers and is working to notify people who might have been exposed, according to Kris Ehresmann, the department’s infectious disease director. The health agencies are also offering immune globulin with antibodies against the measles virus to anyone who might have been exposed.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared measles eliminated from the United States in 2000, but it’s still prevalent around the world. The Philippines is undergoing a measles outbreak with more than 20,000 cases.

The CDC has reported 129 cases and 13 outbreaks in the U.S. for the first four months of 2014, the highest in that period for the past 18 years.

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Minn. man to be sentenced on weapons charges

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A militia member who was arrested in what the FBI once called a terror plot to blow up a small-town Minnesota police station is scheduled to be sentenced Monday on weapons charges.

Twenty-five-year-old Buford Braden Rogers pleaded guilty in January to one count of possessing a firearm illegally and one count of possessing an unregistered destructive device. He was never charged with terrorism.

Prosecutors want more than five years in prison, arguing that Rogers is a threat to public safety. But Assistant Federal Defender Andrew Mohring is asking for two years or less.

Mohring says the case was overblown. Prosecutors counter that the FBI had information about an imminent threat and say it’s naive to criticize the FBI’s response in hindsight.

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Eagle crashes into boat shrink wrap on Interstate

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) - A couple towing a boat to northern Minnesota got a surprise visitor: a bald eagle crashed through the shrink wrap while they were traveling on Interstate 94 in Wisconsin.

The eagle dove across the top of the pickup truck of Scott and Marilyn Kregness as they crossed the Red Cedar River near Menomonie at about 70 miles an hour on Friday, according to the Chippewa Herald (http://bit.ly/1lTu7T4http://bit.ly/1lTu7T4 ).

“I ducked in the truck, he was that close,” said Scott Kregness, of Tower, Minn. “I saw him for a second and then he was gone.”

He said he and his wife looked in the rear view mirror and just saw the hole in the white shrink wrap, but no blood or feathers.

He thought: “He must have bounced out or something.” So they kept going.

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Great Lakes meeting takes aim at invasive species

CHICAGO (AP) - The governors of eight states surrounding the Great Lakes and the leaders of two Canadian provinces agreed Saturday to join forces to combat invasive species including Asian carp.

Amid disagreement over the best long-term solution and how to pay for it, the mutual aid deal reached Saturday empowers the states and Canadian provinces to share staff and expertise to do what they can to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes and imperiling the fishing industry.

“The threat of aquatic invasive species transcends borders, and this agreement allows us to address this threat through collaboration and cooperation,” said Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, co-chairman of the Council of Great Lakes Governors.

Saturday’s final round of meetings in Chicago between the council and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec also addressed improving maritime transport and attracting Chinese and other foreign investment in manufacturing in the region.

The bighead and silver carp species have infested much of the Mississippi River basin since escaping from southern fish farms in the 1970s. They are threatening to reach the Great Lakes through rivers and canals, leading the federal government to spend millions to try to stop them. They are a menace to the aquatic food chain because they eat enormous amounts of plankton needed by native species.

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