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Minneapolis Eyes Styrofoam Ban for Food Containers

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- You deal with it many times each day in its various forms, and probably don’t even think about it.

But one of those forms is drawing some heated debate in Minneapolis.

"I've never talked to a market that was interested in taking Styrofoam in any of its forms," said Mower County recycling director Jeff Weaver.

But it's the doggie box you bring home from the restaurant that's drawing attention in Minneapolis, where a city council member wants to ban them to better protect public health and the environment.

"I would say that in a lot of instances there are good alternatives to using Styrofoam," Jeff Weaver told us.

Restaurants like the Styrofoam containers because they're light weight, sturdy and cheap.

Deborah Edge Pleads Not Guilty

(ABC 6 News) -- Last week ABC 6 told you an Austin man and his wife were working together to create and distribute child pornography online.

Last week, 34-year-old Anthony Edge was charged after police say he raped a child and posted explicit videos involving children online.  A few days later, police charged 36-year-old Deborah Edge with four counts of using minors in a pornographic work.

Both have now plead not guilty.

Police say in examining one of the computers they took from the couple's home, they found a video of Deborah Edge and a naked six-year-old girl in a bathroom.

Authorities say the video shows Deborah Edge deliberately exposing the girl's body and giving her a sign with some kind of web address written on it.

Edge told police she made the video for her husband, but admitted sending it to someone else.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases On Rise In Minnesota

Sexually Transmitted Diseases On Rise In Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State health officials are concerned that Minnesotans aren't getting the message about safe sex and about testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.

The Minnesota Department of Health on Wednesday reported the rate of sexually transmitted diseases in Minnesota rose 10 percent from 2012 to 2013.

But the increases were much higher for some diseases, with syphilis up 64 percent and gonorrhea up 26 percent.

The Star Tribune reports there were a record 18,724 cases of chlamydia in Minnesota in 2013, a 4 percent increase from the year before.

State health commissioner, Dr. Ed Ehlinger, says untreated STDs can have serious health consequences.

Since most STDs don't show symptoms, Ehlinger says it's important for sexually active people to get tested each year or when involved with a new partner.

Local Attorneys Named as Candidates for Third Judicial District

(ABC 6 News) -- There are currently two open judicial position in Minnesota's Third District Court, and the number of candidates recommended by the Commission on Judicial Selection is down to four.

Erin Felten is an attorney and shareholder at Patton, Hoversten & Berg, P.A., where her practice consists of family law, child protection, probate, employment law, corporate matters, and criminal defense of misdemeanor through felony charges. Previously, she was an associate at Olup & Associates, L.L.C., and, prior to that, was an associate at Adams, Rizzi & Sween, P.A. Ms. Felten currently serves as a volunteer attorney with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services and is a member of the Women’s Leadership Initiative of the Mower County United Way.

School Greenhouse Project Needs Your Vote

A local school needs your help to further its science education program.

At Woodson Kindergarten Center in Austin, teachers are hoping to turn an unused courtyard space into a greenhouse to give kids a hands-on, year-round science classroom.

They've applied for grant funding but need votes from the community to be considered for the money.

And teachers say the project could go a long way to helping their students.

“Students can get a hands-on opportunity to learn about science and watch things grow and explore all that nature and the world of science has,” said Alisha Galle, a teacher and project organizer.

To vote for Woodson's project, click on the following link: http://www.seedsofchangegrant.com/TheGallery.aspx

You can search for "Woodson KinderGarden" to find the project.

Pediatric Clinic Named In Memory Of Young Patient

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It’s part of the lasting legacy of a young buy who died much too soon.

"He loved to see interesting things, be it fish or animals, turtles, whatever," Kurt Potach told us.

It’s a place that exudes life, when hope sometimes seems far away.

"When we were in Saint Marys as we were for literally months, he spent a lot of time watching the fish, reading stories, looking at animal books, and those are the type of memories we have and we thought kids would enjoy those same types of things as Karl did," Kurt Potach said.

When Karl Potach was two years old, he was diagnosed with Wilm's Tumor. it's a rare form of childhood cancer that ...

in 1997 ... eventually claimed his life.

MNsure Chooses Deloitte as Lead IT Vendor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota's online health insurance marketplace has chosen Deloitte Consulting LLP as its main information technology vendor to overhaul its troubled website and computer systems, citing Deloitte's record of success in other states.

MNsure spokeswoman Jenni Bowring-McDonough says the exchange's contract with Deloitte is worth $4.95 million and will run for nine months. Details of Deloitte's plans will be presented to MNsure's board of directors Wednesday afternoon.

New York-based Deloitte was one of the original bidders for the contract to build the exchange, but Deloitte wanted $20 million more than the state was willing to pay. The contract went instead to Reston Va.-based Maximus Inc.

Technical problems marred the launch of the exchange last October and persisted for months, frustrating thousands of health insurance shoppers.