Construction season: Another reason to avoid 35W

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Another reason to avoid 35W
Starting tonight, avoid 35W south of downtown like the plague. For six months, 35W will go from four to three lanes each way as construction continues on the road. Once the construction is complete, there will be electronic signs to warn about accidents and car stalls as well and decreased speeds ahead. There will be a fifth lane shoulder for buses, carpools, and drivers using MnPass.

Info on the USPS bomb threats? Get $100,000
Rewards for criminal activity seem all the more enticing when we're all poor. Well now it pays off to have bad friends. The U.S. Postal Service announced a $100,000 reward for tips that lead to the capture of the bomb threat letter writer. USPS says 16 post offices received bomb threats since February.

Busted: Couple sentenced to jail time for helping people get free TV
A Ramsey couple finally got busted for hooking people up with free cable. Jon Henry Sweeney, 52, got nearly six years in the clink and his wife, Michelle Ann Sweeney, 47, will be behind bars for more than three years. It's estimated they cost cable companies $2.5 million to $7 million.

Pawlenty asks state workers to take a two-month unpaid vacation
Gov. Tim Pawlenty is asking state workers to suck it up to help fix the budget problems. Everyone dreams of being offered a two-month unpaid vacation, right?

Death of St. Thomas student accidental, police say
Police in Puerto Vallarta say the death of a St. Thomas freshman was an accident. Josh Gunderson, 20, was found unconscious on the bathroom floor in his hotel room have a supposed slip that knocked him unconscious.

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