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News organizations object to gag order in George Floyd case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A coalition of news organizations asked a Minnesota judge on Friday to scale back the gag order he imposed in the case of four former Minneapolis police officers who are charged in the death of George Floyd. The July 9 gag order is overly broad and restricts a "staggering ...

Minnesota hospitals ask Walz for statewide mask mandate

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota hospitals asked Gov. Tim Walz to order people throughout the state to wear masks in public to slow the spread of the coronavirus — a step the governor said he has been considering. In a letter released Friday, the Minnesota Hospital Association urged the ...

Ex-law officer apologizes to Castile girlfriend over tweet

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minnesota law officer has apologized to the girlfriend of Philando Castile over a tweet he sent in 2017 suggesting she would spend her settlement money on crack cocaine. Attorneys on Thursday announced Diamond Reynolds has settled her defamation lawsuit against ...

Crystal officer struck by car trying to flee police

CRYSTAL, Minn. (AP) — A Crystal police officer is recovering after being struck Thursday by a car trying to flee police, authorities said. The chase began after 1 p.m. after a State Patrol trooper tried to stop a vehicle for speeding. The driver would not stop and led troopers on a ...

Woman, 3 teens arrested in fatal Bloomington hotel shooting

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Police have arrested a woman and three teenagers in a fatal shooting at a Bloomington hotel last weekend. The body of a 39-year-old Minneapolis woman was found Sunday in a room at the LaQuinta Hotel. Police said Jennifer Swaggert was shot in the upper body. A ...

Hostage-taker killed by sheriff’s deputy is identified

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified the man who was shot and killed Monday by a Carver County sheriff's deputy as he held a woman hostage on a bridge in a Twin Cities suburb. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office says 31-year-old Arlan Kaleb Schultz, of ...

‘I’m not a bad guy’: Police video captures distraught Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Body-camera footage made public Wednesday from two Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's arrest captured a panicked and fearful Floyd pleading with the officers in the minutes before his death, saying "I'm not a bad guy!" as they tried to wrestle him into a ...

Recent blip lands Minnesota on New York quarantine list

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A recent spike in confirmed coronavirus cases in Minnesota has landed the state on the quarantine list for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that Minnesota and three other states — New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin — were ...

Walz, Flanagan announce $100M housing assistance program

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan on Tuesday announced a $100 million housing assistance program to help Minnesotans hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The program is aimed at helping prevent evictions and homelessness and to maintain housing stability for ...

Duluth, Minnetonka join cities mandating masks in public

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Duluth and Minnetonka are the latest cities to mandate face coverings to help stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. Council members from both communities passed the requirement Monday night. Duluth council members voted unanimously in favor of the measure, which ...

Legal experts review Black Minnesota teen’s life sentence

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An independent panel of national legal experts will review the conviction of an African American man sentenced as a teenager to life in prison for the murder of a little girl struck by a stray bullet, Northwestern University's Center on Wrongful Convictions and the New ...

Minnesota legislative leaders: Deal close on bonding, taxes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Legislative leaders have agreed on most details of a public construction package and tax bill, the Minnesota Senate's top Republican and the top House Democrat said Monday, while discussions continued on an elusive compromise on police accountability in response to the ...

Media: Body camera video in Floyd case should be made public

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A coalition of news media outlets is seeking public access to body camera video recorded by former officers charged in the death of George Floyd, while attorneys for the officers are asking that a gag order in the case be lifted, according to court documents filed ...

Media: Body camera video in Floyd case should be made public

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A coalition of news media outlets is seeking public access to body camera video recorded by former officers charged in the death of George Floyd, while attorneys for the officers are asking that a gag order in the case be lifted, according to court documents filed ...

Authorities seek man in fatal stabbing at Owatonna park

OWATONNA, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Owatonna police are seeking a 28-year-old man as a person of interest in a fatal stabbing in a park in the southern Minnesota city. Officers were called Sunday afternoon to a stabbing at Dartts Park. Police found an ...

Minnesota AG’s office settles with Frontier Communications

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Monday his office has settled an investigation into possible deceptive practices in Frontier Communications' billing and sale of internet services. Under the settlement, Frontier agreed to fully disclose its prices for ...

Police shoot, wound man in Robbinsdale; BCA investigating

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating after police shot and wounded a man in the Minneapolis suburb of Robbinsdale. Police said officers were called about a suicidal person with a gun inside a home late Saturday. The person who called police ...

Lightning suspected in house fire in western Minnesota

OSAKIS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities suspect a lightning strike caused a minor house fire in western Minnesota. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office got a 911 call reporting smoke in the home in Osakis around 7 a.m. Sunday. Everyone was able to get out of the house without injury. Firefighters ...

Number of homeless camped in Minneapolis raises concerns

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Public officials and homeless advocates have raised concerns about the growing number of people, estimated at several hundred, camped out in a Minneapolis park. They say the encampment at Powderhorn Park is neither safe nor sustainable. Neighbors worry about increased ...

Lawyer: Over 150 Minneapolis officers seeking disability

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More than 150 Minneapolis police officers are filing work-related disability claims after the death of George Floyd and ensuing unrest, with about three-quarters citing post-traumatic stress disorder as the reason for their planned ...