Minnesota

Evidence in Riess murder case

includes box cutters, guns

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Box cutters, a roll of duct tape, rubber gloves and two handguns are among the items collected as evidence in the case of a Minnesota woman accused of killing her Florida look-alike.

Investigators in Florida released hundreds of photos and a list of evidence Wednesday in their case against Lois Riess. The 56-year-old Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, woman is charged with murder in the April death of Pamela Hutchinson in a Fort Myers Beach condo. Prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty.

Riess is also accused of killing her husband, David Riess, before leading authorities on a manhunt. Murder charges in Minnesota are pending.

Online shoppers to begin paying sales taxes in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Online shoppers in Minnesota will soon have to pay more on goods and services in their digital shopping carts.

The Minnesota Department of Revenue said Wednesday that it’s requiring online sellers operating out of state to start collecting state sales taxes by Oct. 1. It’s a response to last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that makes it easier for states to collect taxes on online sales.

States can require vendors to collect sales tax if they don’t have a physical presence in their state following the ruling. Officials in South Dakota, who brought the case forward, say states were deprived of millions of dollars in tax revenue from online purchases.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates Minnesota could take in between $132 million and $206 million in additional revenue annually.

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