Steelworkers rally for

fair contract on Iron Range

KEEWATIN, Minn. (AP) — Steelworkers and their supporters rallied on the Iron Range to show a united front as they negotiate a labor contract with U.S. Steel.

KBJR-TV reports union leaders say U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal have proposed contracts that don’t reflect the success of the industry, especially in light of sacrifices they made in 2015 when the steel industry wasn’t doing as well.

USW Local 1938 says if a contract deal isn’t reached by midnight Saturday, workers will decide the next steps which could include a strike.

Man who killed two teens appealing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man serving two life sentences for killing two teenage burglars is appealing his conviction.

Byron Smith has filed a notice with the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which argues a brief closure of the courtroom denied him his constitutional right to a public trial.

The Star Tribune reports the notice is the latest in a number of legal filings by Smith to have his convictions overturned. The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled the courtroom closure was an administrative proceeding so the right to a public trial law does not apply.

Smith fatally shot 17-year-old Nicholas Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer on Thanksgiving of 2012 as they broke into his home. Smith claimed self-defense.