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MNSCU Selects McClellon as Next RCTC President

Leslie McClellon - Future RCTC President

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities board as selected Leslie McClellon as its next president.

The decision was made Wednesday morning.

McClellon comes from Colorado, where she has served as Vice President of student affairs at the Community College of Denver.

McClellon will replace interim president Gale O'Kane, and longtime president Don Supalla who retired last summer after 30 years with the school.

To learn more about McClellon's background, click here.

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<div> Senate To Vote On Added Job Protections For Women</div>

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A package of workplace protections for women is primed for a Minnesota Senate vote.

The bill that supporters have dubbed the Women's Economic Security Act was to be debated Wednesday.

It would require many companies with government contracts to certify they pay men and women similarly. It would prevent any company from preventing employees from discussing their wages. And it provides longer leave time and more workplace accommodations for new and expectant mothers.

The Minnesota House easily passed its version earlier this month. Unless House members embrace the Senate bill, a conference committee will try to negotiate a bill that will ultimately reach Gov. Mark Dayton. The Democratic governor has said he supports the thrust of the bills.

RPS Board Votes Down Attendance Policy Changes

(ABC 6 News) -- It was a hotly debated topic Tuesday night at the Rochester Public School Board meeting.
Parents upset over a new policy regarding student attendance to include family vacations and visits to colleges as unexcused absences. 

Nearly a dozen parents expressed their concerns Tuesday and the school board listened.

"This is a significant policy change," says Karen Holleman, who is not only a concerned parent, but a former teacher.

One by one, parents stepped up and voiced their opposition to the new language in RPS's attendance policy.

"If we are limited to when we take vacation, it makes it much more difficult," says Jacquie Armstrong, who says her work schedule conflicts with when she can take time off to be with her children.

Public Gets Chance to Weigh-In on DMC

(ABC 6 News) --  The public had a chance to voice their input on what Rochester's Destination Medical Center is going to look like.

Tuesday night, the room was packed at the Mayo Civic Center for the DMC public forum.
It was a chance for people to get to know the DMC planning consultants, and weigh-in on topics like transportation, green space and making sure Rochester is a healthy city.     

"We have a caring community and people that want to help and i think so we want to have the public to buy into this process, that doesn't mean everybody is going to agree with everything we do, but we want to give them a chance to give their input and hey they've got some good ideas too," DMCC board member Jim Bier said.

Tuesday was the kick off to a 10-month public input session.

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Weapon Screenings to Start at Olmsted County Government Center

(ABC 6 News) -- The Olmsted County Government Center is upping it's security. The county board of commissioners voted unanimously to install weapon screening, a security measure they say will be the first in south east Minnesota court houses.

Soon, anybody going above the first floor at the government center will have to go through metal detectors at security check points. The $5.6 million project will include making room off the front of the building for two new elevators. In order to get to upper levels, people will use specific elevators or stairways and walk through a weapon screening.

Heightening security has been in discussion for about two years now. County commissioners say it's a good investment to avoid possible risks.

<div> 550 Cited For Texting And Driving During Crackdown</div>

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says law enforcement officers across Minnesota cited 550 people for texting while driving during a recent 10-day crackdown on distracted driving.

The enhanced enforcement campaign by more than 400 departments this month also netted nearly 1,400 citations for failing to wear a seat belt and more than 400 citations and arrests for driving with a revoked or suspended license.

State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske tells the Star Tribune some drivers think they can multi-task. Besides texting, Roeske says drivers were distracted by shaving, applying makeup, reading newspapers, using their laptops and eating.

DPS says distracted driving contributed to about 17,500 crashes last year. Sixty-eight people lost their lives and more than 8,000 were injured.


A Litter Bit Better Kicks Off Saturday

A Litter Bit Better Campaign kicked off today in Rochester. -

(ABC 6 News) -- It's a program aimed at making Rochester cleaner -- the "Litter Bit Better" campaign.

Over the years, volunteers have picked up more than 83-tons of litter in the city. And now that program is back for the eighth year.

One local family gave their time to lessen the litter today, "We want to help keep Rochester clean.", Biverland Malibago is among hundreds of volunteers who are picking up trash bit by bit to make litter a little less visible for a litter-free environment.