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Noon News Update 10/24

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WDAY TV (Fargo, ND) - Welcome to your afternoon update.

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The first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital, is free of the virus. 26-year-old Nina Pham has been released today from the National Institutes of Health's hospital near Washington. Pham is one of two nurses in Dallas who became infected with Ebola while treating Thomas Duncan, who died of the virus October 8. Meantime, New York City's mayor is reassuring New Yorkers they are not at risk because of the city's first case of Ebola. The patient, Dr. Craig Spencer, is an emergency room doctor who had traveled to West Africa. Dr. Spencer was helping treat Ebola patients in Guinea as part of Doctors Without Borders. City officials say "clear and strong" protocols have been followed.

Three men have been charged for stealing tools and wire from a Fargo construction site. Stephen Tankersley, David Laur and Stephen Murphy admitted to taking more than $1,000 worth of materials from a Valley Rental construction site October 4. Tankersley and Laur say they returned to the site at 1709 21st Avenue South the following night, to retrieve Tankersley's lost phone and steal more tools and wire. All three are charged with multiple felonies including burglary, criminal conspiracy and conspiracy to commit criminal mischief.

A Fargo woman is arrested for drunk driving. Police say 31-year-old Lauren Mahlke hit a parked car in Prairiewood just after 1 this morning. When officers arrived, no one involved was on scene. Police traced the license plate to Mahlke's home where the investigation stalled for an hour when her husband denied she was home. Mahlke eventually came out and was arrested. She's charged with DUI and refusal of DUI. Her husband is facing charges of obstruction.

Moorhead police are searching for a woman who robbed a convenience store in broad daylight. The woman walked into the Tesoro on 8th street and Main Avenue, just before 11 Wednesday morning. She pulled out a silver colored weapon, possibly a knife, demanded money, then fled on foot heading east, with cash. Officers searched around 13th Street to no avail. The suspect is described as Native American in her 20's wearing a dark hoodie, colorful pajama pants and a white scarf to cover her face.

A rural Kindred man whose mentally ill brother died in an unheated home last winter is charged with endangering a vulnerable adult. Ronald Simmons was the caregiver for Bruce Simmons. According to court records, the two brothers lived in separate buildings on the same property. Bruce was found unresponsive in January. Ronald told investigators Bruce had not left the house for the past four years. The plumbing was broken and the furnace had stopped working.

The TLC network says it is canceling "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," its colorful series about a young beauty pageant contestant and her family. TLC would not explain why the series was being shelved. But this week TMZ reported that the girl's mother, June Shannon, was in a relationship with a man who was convicted of child molestation. In a statement, TLC said "supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority."

Take a look at today's Forum: Learn about the Cobbers quarterback on the verge of breaking two Concordia passing records.

And tonight on the news: A celebration of art and ink.

Time now for our retweet of the day from: BBC News England: "Woman, 104, gets 5,700 birthday cards after a Facebook appeal goes viral." The article says it all started with 104-year-old Betty Musker's great-granddaughter's appeal on Facebook to surprise her great-grandma with cards to mark the big occasion.

You can check out that tweet @WDAYnews or on my Twitter handle @LaneWDAY.

Thanks for watching. More news is coming up tonight.

Have a fantastic Friday and weekend.

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