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Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2013 -- 3:53 a.m.

GOP GOVERNORS-HEALTH CARE

In a switch, GOP governors back expanding Medicaid

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Once largely united against the Obama administration's new health care overhaul, a growing number of Republican governors are now buying into parts of the system.

This week, Michigan's Rick Snyder became the sixth GOP governor to support expanding his state's health insurance program to cover more low-income residents.

Snyder concluded that the state's higher Medicaid cost would be outweighed by the large amount of federal money Michigan would receive. Expanding Medicaid is optional for states, and most Republican governors have not agreed to do so. Many fear the federal government could later renege on covering its share of the costs.

The administration is pushing the states to participate so that most low-income people will have health coverage when the new system begins next year.

EBT FOR COCAINE

30 arrested in Twin Ports in cocaine investigation

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- Police have arrested 30 people in an alleged crack cocaine trafficking ring in Duluth and Superior, Wisconsin.

The arrests came this week after a nine-month investigation dubbed "Operation Crackdown."

Investigators say suspects were trading crack cocaine for government food-assistance debit cards at about half the face value of the cards. Investigators say they used decoy cards to conduct controlled buys of crack cocaine.

Lieutenant Steve Stracek, commander of the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, says alleged dealers would either go to the store with the buyer and buy groceries with the cards, or they would force the buyer to prove the card still had money, and then take the card.

WDIO-TV reports authorities are seeking another 10 suspects.

FATAL FIRE-WILLIAMS BAY

Williams Bay fire is deadly

WILLIAMS BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say one person has died and another one was rescued from a house fire in Williams Bay.

WTMJ reports the fire started about 8:30 p.m. Thursday and burned for about 3 1/2 hours. Investigators are searching for the cause of the fire.

The victim has not been identified.

COLD CASE-SEXUAL ASSAULT

Wisc. judge denies bail in sexual assault cold case

WAUPACA, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin judge has denied bail for an Oklahoma man charged with a 1990 sexual assault and considered a person of interest in a 1992 double murder.

Forty-one-year-old Glendon Gouker appeared in Waupaca County Circuit Court Thursday on a charge of first-degree sexual assault. He's accused of sexually assaulting a then-20-year-old woman in November 1990 in Iola (eye-OH'-lah).

The break in the case came in 2011, when DNA evidence was resubmitted to the state crime lab for analysis as part of an ongoing investigation into the 1992 fatal stabbings of 23-year-old Tanna Togstad and 35-year-old Tim Mumbrue. State investigators say Gouker was found to be a contributor to the DNA.

Waupaca County Sheriff Brad Hardel says Gouker is a "person of interest" in the homicides.

NORTHEAST SNOW-KNICKS

Knicks stuck in MN because of snow storm in NY

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The New York Knicks are stuck in Minnesota thanks to the massive snow storm that is pelting the New York-to-Boston corridor.

The Knicks were in Minnesota to play the Timberwolves on Friday night. They initially planned to fly home after the game, but coach Mike Woodson says that flight has been postponed. The team will stay in Minnesota overnight and try to get home on Saturday.

The Knicks are scheduled to play the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

Woodson says the team plans to get up on Saturday morning and go over scouting for the Clippers at the hotel before trying to leave for New York.

Forecasters are estimating 1 to 3 feet of snow will hit the northeast this weekend.

Copyright Associated Press 2013


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