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Local Groups use Creative ways to Fight Hunger

Inside Shobi's Table food truck where community members make calzones to serve their hungry neighbors for free. - Photo: KSTP-TV

The number of people receiving food assistance from the state has doubled since 2006. While demand is increasing, local food pantries say donations just aren't keeping up.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS found three local groups that are demonstrating that creativity may just be the most important weapon in the fight against hunger.

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INTERVIEW: Hennepin Co. Sheriff Stops by KSTP at the Fair

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek stopped by the KSTP building at the Minnesota State Fair on Friday to discuss his department's booth and some awareness campaigns.

Feds Say Met Council Can Start Designing Blue Line Extension

The federal government has given the Metropolitan Council its approval to begin designing the region's fourth light rail transit project.

The nearly $1 billion Blue Line Extension would run for 13 miles, starting at Target Field in Minneapolis and going through Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park.

MnSure Makes Move to Expedite Life Change Requests for Policies

More than 3,700 people in Minnesota are waiting for changes to be made to their health insurance.

They purchased private health insurance through the state health exchange known as MNsure. The enrollment period for health insurance ended in April, but people can change or add to their plans if they qualify for "Life Events."

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Changes Coming to the Heat Index

A new weather measurement tool will soon include the impact of sunlight on the heat index.

Chris Franks, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, says the new instruments will make it possible to make the strength of sunlight a factor in determining and reporting safety and comfort information.

Former Mpls. School Teacher to be Sentenced for Soliciting Sex from Minor

Twenty-three-year-old Joel Fowler of St. Louis Park -

A former Minneapolis social studies teacher is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in Ramsey County Court for soliciting sex with a child through electronic communication.