5:00pm News March 23-Part 1

5:00pm News March 23-Part 1


NEARLY 6- THOUSAND STUDENTS IN MINNESOTA ARE PAYING STUDENT LOANS… AT A RATE THAT’S ILLEGAL! AND NOW… THE MINNESOTA ATTORNEY GENERAL IS TAKING ACTION. THANKS FOR JOINING US TONIGHT. AN ACTIVE LAWSUIT ARGUES GLOBE UNIVERSITY IS PRESSURING STUDENTS INTO LOANS.. “WITHOUT” BEING CLEAR ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE SIGNING UP FOR. THE MAXIMUM INTEREST RATE A SCHOOL CAN CHARGE IN MINNESOTA IS 8%. BUT… GLOBE UNIVERSITY IS CHARGING MORE THAN DOUBLE THAT RATE… ACCORDING TO MINNESOTA’S ATTORNEY GENERAL, LORI SWANSON. SHE SAYS THE UNIVERSITY IS CHARGING 18%! AND ON TOP OF THAT… THE LAWSUIT SAYS THE UNIVERSITY “ISN’T” A LICENSED LENDER. VALLEY NEWS TEAM’S CRIME AND SAFETY REPORTER “NICOLE JOHNSON” SHOWS US WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU FIND YOURSELF WITH AN ILLEGAL LOAN… AND HOW TO GET THE RIGHT LOAN. NAT PROMISING TO PAY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS BACK… A COMMITMENT CAROLYN ZEHREN… STUDENT LOAN EXPERT– SAYS MANY STUDENTS TAKE TOO LIGH TLY… “WE HEAR SO MANY TIMES FROM STUDENTS, WELL I AM NOT GOING TO WORRY ABOUT THAT NOW, I’LL GET A GREAT JOB, I’LL GET A GREAT SALARY, AND I’LL BE ABLE TO PAY IT.” A GROUP, SOME FEEL CAN BE EASILY TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF… “FOR A STUDENT, ANY OF THESE OFF THE WALL, OR NON-RECOGNIZED LOAN PROGRAMS ARE REALLY SCARY, IT’S LIKE GOING TO A MONEY LENDER, BECAUSE YOU ARE DESPERATE FOR MONEY.” THAT’S WHY THE MINNESOTA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE IS SUING “GLOBE UNIVERSITY.” “THE SCHOOL IS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THEIR DREAMS.” ATTORNEY GENERAL… LISA SWANSON SAYS, IT’S NOT JUST GLOBE UNIVERSITY, AND IT’S NOT JUST MINNESOTA… SHE CLAIMS THERE’S PLENTY OF LOAN COMPANIES TRYING TO RIP YOU OFF… “WHEN THEY ARE STARTING OUT, THEY ARE COMING OUT OF HIGHSCHOOL, THEY HAVEN’T INCURED FINANCIAL LOANS BEFORE, THESE LOANS CAN BE PRETTY COMPLICATED.” HER ADVICE– TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FEDERAL LOANS, AND READ THE FINE PRINT IF YOU “MUST” TAKE OUT A PRIVATE LOAN. “I HEARD IS WHAT WE HEAR PERIODICALLY, SOMEONE TOLD ME, OR I THOUGHT, OR I GUESS, NO GET THE FACTS.” ZEHREN SAYS IF IT’S OVERWHELMING, SEEK EXPERT HELP– AND BE CAREFUL WHO YOU TRUST. IN THE CASE OF GLOBE UNIVERSITY– THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ADVICES STUDENTS, FOR NOW, KEEP PAYING THEIR LOANS “I DON’T KNOW IF THE SCHOOL WOULD SUE THEM, OR IF THE SCHOOL WOULD TRY TO FILE A REPORT WITH THE CREDIT BEAURU TO HAMPER OR HARM THEIR CREDIT, I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT THE SCHOOL WOULD DO.” IF THE STATE FINDS GLOBE UNIVERSITY IS IN THE WRONG, STUDENTS COULD GET SOME MONEY BACK. NICOLE JOHNSON VALLEY NEWS LIVE. THE CASE AGAINST GLOBE UNIVERSITY IS SET TO GO TO TRIAL IN NOVEMBER. ON TOP OF GETTING STUDENTS’ MONEY BACK.. THE LAWSUIT IS ASKING FOR A CHANGE IN PRACTICES, A FINE. WE REACHED OUT TO THE UNIVERSITY… BUT HAVEN’T HEARD BACK YET. GLOBE UNIVERSITY HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF FRAUD IN THE PAST… BUT HAS AN “A-PLUS” RATING WITH THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU. NOW TO A STORY WE’VE BEEN FOLLOWING ALL DAY…. AFTER GETTING A LIST IN WHICH THE “HACKING” DIVISION OF ISIS HAS TARGETED NORTH DAKOTA MILITARY PERSONNEL. THE LIST INCLUDES THE PERSONAL INFORMATION OF 100 SERVICE MEMBERS — SIX OF THOSE ARE NORTH DAKOTA PERSONNEL STATIONED IN MINOT. FOR OBVIOUS REASONS… WE ARE NOT RELEASING THE NAMES ON THE LIST. THE PENTAGON SAYS ALL 100 OF THE U.S. SERVICE MEMBERS ON THE ISIS “KILL LIST” HAVE BEEN CONTACTED. THOSE SERVICE MEMBERS ARE BEING ADVISED TO BE AWARE, BE VERY CAUTIOUS, AND STAY OFF OF, OR LIMIT ACTIVITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA. STICK WITH US… WE’LL HAVE MORE ON THIS STORY ON VALLEY NEWS LIVE AT 6:00. A CONTROVERSIAL TRAIL – THAT’S STIRRED UP A LOT OF EMOTIONS – HAS BEEN DELAYED. “AARON KNODEL” IS ACCUSED OF HAVING SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH A STUDENT. THE TRIAL WAS EXPECTED TO BEGIN TOMORROW… BUT HAS BEEN POSTPONED AFTER PROSECUTORS ADDED A SECOND HANDWRITING EXPERT TO THEIR WITNESS LIST. THE DEFENSE FILED A MOTION WITH THE COURT.. ASKING THE JUDGE TO HAVE THE NEW HANDWRITING WITNESS TO NOT TESTIFY, OR MORE TIME TO PREPARE FOR THE WITNESS. IT’S BEEN A QUIET DAY IN THE WEATHER DEPARTMENT TODAY…. BUT THERE MIGHT BE SOMETHING LOOMING THIS WEEK. BUT LET’S STICK WITH TONIGHT.. … HUTCH/LISA… HOW’S THE EVENING LOOK TONIGHT? YOUR VALLEY NEWS LIVE STORM TEAM FORECAST DISCUSSION: IT LOOKS LIKE THE FORECAST FOR AN UNSETTLED FIRST WEEK OF SPRING IS ON THE MONEY. IN THE SHORT TERM, WE WILL CONTINUE WITH CLOUDS AND COOL TEMPERATURES THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY. SOUTH WIND WILL KEEP TEMPERATURES ABOVE SEASONAL AVERAGE, BUT IT WILL NOT BE OVERLY WARM. THIS WARM SURGE WILL PRECEDE A STORM SYSTEM THAT MOVES THROUGH THE REGION TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING. STORM WILL BEGIN AS RAIN ON TUESDAY WITH A CHANGE TO SNOW FOR MANY INTO WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. COMPUTER MODELS ARE HINTING NOW THAT MUCH OF THE MOISTURE WILL FALL AS RAIN BEFORE CHANGING OVER TO SNOW INTO WEDNESDAY. THERE WILL BE AREAS THAT COULD GET A MIX OF RAIN/SLEET AND SNOW TUESDAY. THIS SYSTEM WILL BRING SOME GOOD TOTAL MOISTURE WITH IT, AND SOME AREAS WILL HAVE A CHANCE AT PICKING UP OVER 1 INCH OF LIQUID EQUIVALENT. THE BEST CHANCE OF TUESDAY NIGHT SNOWFALL WILL BE TOWARD MINNEAPOLIS AND ALSO TOWARD MINOT. TONIGHT: MOSTLY CLOUDY NORTH WITH DECREASING CLOUDS FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST TONIGHT. TEMPERATURES STEADY IN THE MID 30S TONIGHT, THEN FALLING TO LOW 30S BY MORNING. INCREASING SOUTH WINDS AT 5-20 MPH. THE DEVILS LAKE MAN – CHARGED WITH MURDERING A MAN IN HIS HOME NEAR VIKING, MINNESOTA LAST WEEK – WILL REMAIN IN A DEVILS LAKE JAIL. FOR NOW. “RAY LITTLEWOLF” APPEARED IN DEVILS LAKE COURT TODAY… BUT DECLINED TO WAIVE EXTRADITION TO FACE CHARGES IN WARREN, MINNESOTA. LITTLEWOLF SAID HE WANTS TO MEET WITH AN ATTORNEY FIRST. HE’S APPLIED FOR A COURT APPOINTED ATTORNEY AND REMAINS IN JAIL ON A BOND OF ONE-MILLION DOLLARS.. IN THE DEATH OF “RONALD FOSS.” OFFICERS AND AT LEAST ONE SEARCH DOG WILL BE ON THE SCENE TOMORROW.. LOOKING FOR A WOMEN WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE THE BEGINNING OF OCTOBER. “MELISSA EAGLESHIELD” HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE OCTOBER 5TH. SHE’S ALSO KNOWN AS “MITZ”… AND WAS LAST SEEN OUTSIDE HER HOME NEAR ISLAND LAKE IN BECKER COUNTY. ACCORDING TO THE BECKER COUNTY SHERIFF… THE CASE IS STILL ACTIVE… AND IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION YOU’RE ASKED TO CONTACT THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE. MORE THAN A DOZEN PIGS DIED IN A POLK COUNTY FIRE THIS MORNING. THE FIRE WAS LOCATED ON THE FARMSTEAD OF “DOUG PEDERICK” — 17 MILES NORTHEAST OF CROOKSTON. IT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 7:30 THIS MORNING. FIREFIGHTERS SAY THIS SHED – WHICH WAS BEING USED TO HOUSE THE PIGS – WAS ENGULFED IN FLAMES WHEN THEY ARRIVED ON THE SCENE. “FLAMES WERE SHOWING. THE ROOF HAD PRETTY MUCH COME DOWN ALREADY, THE GARAGE DOORS WERE HANGING IN THERE.” REPORTER: “HOW MANY PIGS WERE IN THERE?” JOHNSON: “SIXTEEN.” JOHNSON SAYS IT APPEARED THERE WERE HEATING LAMPS IN THE BUILDING. BUT AT THIS TIME… THE OFFICIAL CAUSE OF THE FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION. A NORTHERN VALLEY GRANDMOTHER IS USING THE POWER OF THE INTERNET TO HELP WITH HER GRANDDAUGHTER’ S MEDICAL BILLS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COUNTRY. VALLEY NEWS TEAM’S “NEIL CARLSON” SHOWS US HOW “CHERYL THOMPSON” IS USING A FREE, ONLINE SERVICE TO HELP HER GRANDDAUGHTER AND FAMILY IN UTAH. CHERYL THOMPSON, THOMPSON, ND: “THEY’LL GO IN AND REMOVE SCAR TISSUE AND THEN.” EVA, WHO LIVES IN SALT LAKE CITY, WAS BORN WITHOUT HER ESOPHAGUS ATTACHED TO HER STOMACH. NOW, AFTER 25 SURGERIES AND OVER ONE-MILLION DOLLARS IN MEDICAL COSTS PAID BY INSURANCE, THE NOT COVERED COSTS HAVE ALREADY PILED UP TO OVER TEN-THOUSAND DOLLARS, AND THERE’S MORE TO COME. CHERYL THOMPSON: “SHE’S VERY SUSCEPTIBLE TO BEING SICK. IN THIS PICTURE SHE’S PROBABLY ABOUT 3-MONTHS OLD.” NOW, EVA’S GRANDMOTHER, CHERYL THOMPSON OF THOMPSON, IS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF A NEW, ONLINE PROGRAM CALLED GO FUND ME-DOT-COM TO HELP HER DAUGHTER AND SON-IN-LAW COVER THEIR EXPENSES. CHERYL THOMPSON: “IT’S VERY SIMPLE TO GO ON GOFUNDME.COM.” REPORTER: “YOU BASICALLY JUST FILL OUT ALL THE INFORMATION.. WHAT’S WRONG?” CHERYL THOMPSON: “YEP. PEOPLE CAN READ EVERYTHING. THIS IS THE MOST RECENT UPDATE MY DAUGHTER DID.” THE SITE LETS PEOPLE EASILY DONATE BY CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD. YOU EVEN DONATE ANONYMOUSLY. IT’S HELPING ONE GRANDMOTHER REACH ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO HELP A GRANDCHILD IN NEED. FROM THOMPSON, NORTH DAKOTA, NEIL CARLSON, VALLEY NEWS LIVE. IF YOU’D LIKE TO HELP EVA ONLINE OR LEARN HOW TO SETUP YOUR OWN CROWD FUNDING SITE… WE HAVE THE INFORMATION FOR YOU ON OUR WEBSITE. JUST GO TO VALLEY NEWS LIVE.COM AND CLICK ON THIS STORY. MINNESOTA REPUBLICANS ARE ROLLING OUT THEIR PLAN FOR FIXING AND PAYING FOR THE STATE’S ROADS AND BRIDGES. ASSISTANT HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER “DEB KIEL” OF CROOKSTON VISITED MOORHEAD TODAY TO OUTLINE HOW THEY’RE GOING TO DO THAT. SHE SAYS THEIR PLAN CALLS FOR SPENDING SEVEN-BILLION DOLLARS OVER TEN YEARS. THE MONEY WOULD COME FROM TAXES ALREADY IN PLACE, THE STATE’S GENERAL FUND, AND BONDING. BUT GOVERNOR DAYTON SAYS THE REPUBLICAN PLAN IS “NOT” SUSTAINABLE…. AND HE’S BACKING A GAS TAX INCREASE TO PAY FOR IT. BUT A NEW MINNEAPOLIS- TRIBUNE POLL FINDS THE GAS TAX INCREASE IS NOT VERY POPULAR AMONG STATE RESIDENTS –PARTICULARLY IN GREATER MINNESOTA. “EVERYBODY WANTS US TO FIX THE ROADS AND BRIDGES, BUT IF WE CAN FIGURE OUT A SUSTAINABILITY PLAN THAT IS MORE CONSISTENT, I BELIEVE THE POLL STATED THAT THERE WAS CLOSE TO 80% THAT WOULD SUPPORT A SUSTAINABILITY PLAN THAT WOULD NOT INCREASE TAXES.” GOVERNOR DAYTON SAYS THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL TAKES MONEY FROM ONE POCKET AND PUTS IT INTO ANOTHER… AS OPPOSED TO COMING UP WITH NEW MONEY DEDICATED TO ROADS AND BRIDGES. EVERYDAY HEROS CAME OFF THE ICE AND INTO THE CLASSROOM TODAY.. TO TEACH AN IMPORTANT LESSON. FARGO FORCE HOCKEY PLAYERS VISITED FIRST GRADE CLASSROOMS AT BENNETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TODAY. THE PLAYERS READ ALOUD TO THE STUDENTS… TALKING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF ESTABLISHING GOOD, LIFE-LONG READING HABITS. “I’VE BEEN IN THE LEAGUE FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS NOW AND THIS IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS TO GIVE BACK AND READING, IT FEELS GOOD FOR US TO DO IT. WE LOVE SEEING THE THE AND THEY DEFINITELY BRING SOME JOY TO US AND I KNOW WE BRING SOME JOY TO THEM, TOO.” THEY ALSO SIGNED AUTOGRAPHS FOR THEIR YOUNG FANS. STILL AHEAD TONIGHT… IF YOU USE A ROUTER FOR YOUR INTERNET… YOU’LL WANT TO LISTEN UP TO THIS LATEST WARNING!


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