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Published February 10, 2014, 12:00 PM

WDAY News - Noon Update

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - Welcome to the WDAY 6 News update at noon.

By: Lane Zyvoloski, WDAY

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - Welcome to the WDAY 6 News update at noon.

Missouri All-American Michael Sam is a college football star who could become the first openly gay player in the NFL. The 255-pound defensive end says he came out to his teammates and coaches in August. He's projected to be a mid-round NFL draft pick.

Michael Sam is trending on Twitter today. ESPN says Sam started his Twitter account Sunday night and within 2 hours, he had 35 thousand followers. As of this afternoon, he has over 51,000 followers! There are many positive responses so far on Twitter about his coming out, including reactions from those in the NFL. A tweet of support coming from football hall of famer Deion Sanders says "Michael Sam isn't the first gay player in the NFL, although he IS the first to come out. #realtalk. Let's show him love like a family member.” Sam tweeted today "Many thanks to the NFL players and legends who vocally supported me. Jerome Bettis and Deion Sanders were kinda special for me, not gonna lie!"

Family members say the woman killed in an officer-involved shooting on a highway in Eden Prairie was a mom of two. And court records show the man she was with had a lengthy police record. Authorities say 34-year-old Dawn Marie Pfister and 36-year-old Matthew Vincent Serbus were killed Friday on Highway 212. Both died of multiple gunshot wounds after leading police on a high speed chase. The couple had been dating about a month and both were wanted in Olmsted County. Few details have been released about the shooting. Pfister's stepmother says Dawn Pfister was from Elkhorn, Wisconsin and has two children, ages 9 and 12.

A 17-year old is injured driving a snowmobile south of Fargo. Authorities believe the teen was riding in the ditch when she struck a tree. She was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The teen did have on a helmet.

The State Department says its "deeply disappointed" with North Korea for cancelling a second time its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to visit the country to discuss the possible release of American Kenneth Bae, who's been detained for more than a year. The State Department says the upcoming military drills between the U.S. and South Korea are "in no way linked" to Bae's case. North Korea has called the planned drills a rehearsal for an invasion.

Take a look at today's Forum: Learn why life in boomtown has become too much for a Williston, ND couple, and tune in to WDAY 6 News tonight, the Home Builder's Association is releasing the latest numbers for our area. We’ll have those coming up tonight.

Time now for our retweet of the day; it's of course from Michael Sam.

The official Twitter account of his school, the University of Missouri tweeted out “We support Tigers of all stripes at Mizzou. Proud of you @MikeSamFootball!”

Michelle Obama says Sam is “an inspiration to all of us." The first lady took to Twitter Monday to comment on Michael Sam, saying she “couldn't be prouder" of Sam's courage, both on and off the field.

The tweet was signed “-MO," which is how the White House marks messages personally sent by the first lady.

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