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Death of Watertown woman in crash investigated as homicide

WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — Police say the death of a Watertown woman who was killed in a crash is being investigated as a homicide. Authorities say a 16-year-old Moorhead, Minnesota boy was going more than 100 mph when he crashed into the woman's vehicle in Watertown Tuesday in an attempted ...

St. Paul police to release video of fatal shooting next week

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The police chief in St. Paul, Minnesota, will release body camera video recorded during a fatal police shooting. Police Chief Todd Axtell plans to release video on Tuesday stemming from the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Ronald Davis. The department said in a tweet ...

U of M president criticizes hiring of lawmaker for temp job

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel has criticized the hiring of a legislator for a temporary job at the school's Institute on the Environment. Democratic Rep. Jamie Long, of Minneapolis, resigned from a clean energy research position this month amid questions ...

Police: 6,000 Minnesota climate strikers gather in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A crowd estimated by police at 6,000 gathered at the state Capitol in St. Paul as part of a global wave of mass protests to demand action against climate change. The Star Tribune reports that some of the young people who skipped school Friday to participate were ...

Trump proposal could cut off food stamps to 35K in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota food pantry officials are opposing a federal proposal that could take away food stamp benefits from more than 35,000 state residents. The Trump administration in July proposed closing what it calls "a loophole" that automatically deems some people eligible who ...

Minnesota Senate Republicans unveil insulin cost bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Leaders of the Republican majority in the Minnesota Senate said Thursday that they want to require drugmakers to provide free insulin to qualifying residents who can't afford the high cost of the life-saving medication. They unveiled their plan a week ahead of when ...

Task force launched on missing and murdered indigenous women

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan have helped launch a statewide task force on the plight of missing and murdered indigenous women. They led a ceremonial bill signing Thursday that brought together advocates, tribal representatives, law enforcement and elected ...

Minnesota student climate strikers to march on Capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota students concerned over climate change are planning to skip school and march on the state Capitol in St. Paul on Friday as part of global protests by young people demanding action from their governments. Organizers are calling for legislation at the state and ...

4 immigrant-operated businesses vandalized in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — At least four small immigrant-operated businesses have been vandalized in a south Minneapolis neighborhood. A 36-year-old man was arrested Thursday. Police say it's too early to speculate on a motive but they will look at whether bias was a factor. The four businesses are ...

Minnesota probe says man fatally shot by police had knife

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says a man fatally shot by St. Paul police last weekend had confronted an officer with a knife before he was killed. The BCA, which is investigating the shooting, says Officer Steve Mattson was on patrol in the Midway ...

Minnesota opioid task force to hold 1st meeting next week

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's new task force on the opioid crisis will hold its first meeting next week on how best to spend $20 million from new licensing fees on the pharmaceutical industry. The Department of Human Services on Wednesday announced the 19 members of the Opioid Epidemic ...

St. Paul Public Schools settles teacher retaliation lawsuit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul Public Schools has agreed to pay a black teacher $525,000 to settle a 2017 whistleblower lawsuit that accused the district of retaliating and forcing him to quit because he criticized its racial equity policy. Aaron Benner was among five teachers who in 2014 ...

Minneapolis man charged, allegedly set girlfriend on fire

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man is charged with attempted murder and assault after he allegedly strangled his girlfriend and set her on fire. The criminal complaint says the woman escaped and drove herself to the hospital while her hair and body were still smoldering. She's now in a ...

Safety concerns postpone St. Cloud hate crimes forum

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Officials have postponed a forum on hate crimes in St. Cloud over safety concerns. The Minnesota Department of Human Rights and the St. Cloud Area Regional Human Rights Commission postponed the forum scheduled for Wednesday. State Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca ...

NOT REAL NEWS: Trump promotes false video of Rep. Omar

President Donald Trump on Wednesday used Twitter to share an edited video made by a conservative comedian that falsely accused Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of dancing and partying last week on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The inaccurate video provoked new Twitter criticism ...

Brothers charged in fatal shooting of St. Paul firefighter

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two brothers from St. Paul have been charged in the shooting death of an off-duty firefighter. Thirty-six-year-old Thomas Harrigan was fatally shot in his St. Paul home Sept. 2. A criminal complaint charges 39-year-old Dontay Caraway and his 36-year-old brother, Blake ...

Buildings clear at University of St. Thomas following threat

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The University of St. Thomas has given the all clear after several buildings were evacuated on its St. Paul campus following a bomb threat. The university tweeted the four buildings evacuated have been search and cleared, including the John Roach Center, the Anderson ...

University developing faster test for fatal deer disease

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As Minnesota's archery deer season gets underway, hunters in the state's hot zones for chronic wasting disease still have to wait days to find out if their venison is safe to eat. But the University of Minnesota is aiming to develop a better testing method within two ...

11 Minnesota State Fair visitors sickened by E. coli

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Health officials say at least 11 people got sick with E. coli infections after visiting the Minnesota State Fair this summer. The Minnesota Department of Health says six of the ill people were hospitalized, and one developed a potentially fatal complication. One person ...

Minnesota Supreme Court rejects Line 3 pipeline challenges

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has declined to take up challenges by tribal and conservation groups to the environmental review of Enbridge Energy's proposal for replacing its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The court rejected the requests in a ...