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Mpls. Mayor Responds To WCCO's 911 Investigation

Rules are changing at Minneapolis's 911 center after a WCCO Investigation found some callers waiting minutes to get through. Raymond Callihan's wife tried twice to reach an operator last week when her husband suffered a heart attack. Her second call took more than two minutes to answer. Callihan died Thursday morning. City leaders Thursday expressed sympathy for his family. But operators at the 911 center worry others may not get help as quickly as they should, and they're asking for more staff.

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4 Weeks After Heart Attack, Rybak Skis In Loppet

As the lights glistened on Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, skiers took part in a celebration of Minnesota winter. Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was ready to slip on his ski boots. You would never know his last ski trip was almost his very last. "I did come a little closer to not being here than I'd probably ever want to," Rybak said. On Jan. 7, Rybak was skiing in Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis when he suffered a major heart attack.

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Synthetic Drugs In Cross Hairs Of Minn. Lawmakers

Minnesota may be taking a big step to stop the sale of synthetic drugs in the state. A special committee of lawmakers approved a sweeping set of changes Wednesday to end what some describe as an "epidemic." They are substances sold in head shops around the state as incense and bath salts, but they're extremely dangerous when ingested. The drugs have exotic names and seductive websites, but they're easily available on Minnesota Main Streets.

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Students Rally Around Ailing Mayer Teacher

Students at a high school just west of the metro are pulling together to help a teacher in critical condition after suffering a heart attack. Mayer Lutheran High School students are supporting their Spanish teacher, Adela Alvarez, by raising money to help with her medical expenses. Joel Landskroener, executive director at Mayer, says when Alvarez wasn't in the classroom teaching Spanish to teenagers, she was out in the community teaching Zumba.

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