And like all big stories, there's a certain amount of down time during which reporters, waiting for a scheduled press conference talk about the story, even though we're competitors.
So on this assignment, there has been a lot of discussion about all the items taken as evidence from the Gallagher home.
And, of course, there has been talk about the "polyamorous" relationship shared by Alanna's parents and another man in the home. So far, not much about that has gotten in print or on air.
But this week, Star Telegram Staff Writer Deanna Boyd talked to Police Chief Roger Macon and got some context on these issues.
Chief told Deanna that none of the three adults were considered "prime" suspects in the case.
-- Bill Miller