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Already-huge Minnesota budget surplus grows to $9.25 billion

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's already-huge budget surplus has become even more enormous, growing to a projected $9.25 billion, the Walz administration announced Monday as they cautioned that inflation and Russia's invasion of ...

Minnesota House passes ‘Crown Act’ hair discrimination bill

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House of Representatives passed legislation with bipartisan support Monday that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone because of their hairstyle. The "Crown" Act, an acronym meaning ...

Fentanyl fear: St. Cloud reports 2-day spike in overdoses

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in the St. Cloud metro area say one person died and eight others were sickened from drug overdoses involving fentanyl over a two-day period. The cases were reported in the St. Cloud area from Thursday through midday Friday, the Central Minnesota Violent ...

Brooklyn Park man charged with stealing rare Bonsai trees

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Brooklyn Park man is accused of stealing rare and expensive Bonsai trees from Hopkins and St. Paul in multiple incidents over the last year, authorities said Friday, Phong Yang, 36, is charged with felony counts of theft, damage to property, possessing a firearm, ...

Man accused of killing wife wants confession thrown out

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of stabbing his wife to death while six children were upstairs watching TV asked a judge Friday to throw out a confession he made after his arrest in Wisconsin. McKinley Phillips, 40, was indicted in November on a charge of first-degree murder ...

Woman dies in explosion while house-sitting near Le Center

LE CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a 20-year-old woman who was house-sitting in southern Minnesota Saturday night died when the home exploded. Emergency crews responded about 11:30 p.m. to a report of an explosion and fire at a home a few miles northeast of Le Center, in Lexington ...

For 3 more officers at Floyd killing, jury says: Guilty

By AMY FORLITI, STEVE KARNOWSKI and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The three Minneapolis police officers alongside Derek Chauvin at the scene of George Floyd's killing offered a variety of reasons why they weren't to blame: Inexperience. Bad training. Fear of a senior ...

Prior Lake team ends season after player finds racist note

PRIOR LAKE, Minn. (AP) — A high school girls' basketball team in a city near Minneapolis will forfeit its final game and first-round playoff match after a player found a racist note in her gym bag, school officials have informed parents. The team's coach, Demondi Johnson, at Prior Lake High ...

Biden to follow State of Union address with Wisconsin trip

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — President Joe Biden travels to Wisconsin next week, the day after delivering his State of the Union speech in Washington. According to the White House, Biden and first lady Jill Biden will stop in Superior on Wednesday to discuss how the $1 trillion infrastructure law ...

School bus crash in Rochester leaves 10 injured

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A school bus crash in Rochester left 10 people injured Friday. KAAL-TV reported the crash occurred just after 9 a.m. on U.S. Highway 52 and U.S. Route 14. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a car lost control and slid into the school bus before colliding with ...

Sentence, state trial loom for ex-cops in Floyd’s killing

By AMY FORLITI and STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former Minneapolis police officers convicted of violating George Floyd's civil rights face federal sentences that one expert says could range from less than five years in prison to as much as the 25 years ...

Minnesota House Democrats propose summertime gas tax holiday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Several Democrats in the Minnesota House on Friday proposed a gasoline tax holiday during the summertime to help lessen the burden of rising gas prices on motorists. The proposal, authored by Democratic Rep. Zack Stephenson, of Coon Rapids, would waive the 28.5-cent tax on ...

For world, Floyd’s death was about race. Why not the trials?

By SARA BURNETT Associated Press For people around the world, the killing of George Floyd was about race. A white police officer, with three other officers nearby, kneeled on the neck of a Black man until he stopped breathing, and protests erupted across the country. Corporations and ...

3 ex-cops convicted of rights violations in Floyd killing

By AMY FORLITI, STEVE KARNOWSKI and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three former Minneapolis police officers were convicted Thursday of violating George Floyd's civil rights, as a federal jury rejected their arguments that inexperience, improper training or the ...

Minnesota Senate GOP unveils massive $8.5B tax cut proposal

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Senate Republicans on Thursday announced a tax cut proposal that would cost more than $8.5 billion over the next three years, which they say would make it the largest in the state's history. The proposal ...

2nd teen charged in probe that led to Amir Locke’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A second teen has been arrested in the homicide investigation that led police to the Minneapolis apartment where a SWAT team officer fatally shot Amir Locke, a Black 22-year-old man, while executing a search warrant. A 16-year-old boy is charged in Ramsey County juvenile ...

St. Louis Park won’t play New Prague due to alleged taunts

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis high school has informed New Prague athletics officials that it will not compete in any further games against its teams this year because of racial taunting. St. Louis Park athletics director Andrew Ewald sent an email to his counterpart at ...

Who are the jurors in the federal trial over Floyd killing?

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Twelve people began deliberations Wednesday in the federal trial of three former Minneapolis officers who are charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights during the May 2020 killing of the 46-year-old Black ...

Judge seals juror names in 3 cops’ trial over Floyd killing

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The judge overseeing the federal trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights ordered Wednesday that the names of the jurors be sealed for at least 10 ...

Suspect arrested in May shooting death of Minneapolis girl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in the May 2021 death of a 9-year-old Minneapolis girl who was shot while jumping on an outdoor trampoline, state authorities said Wednesday. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said a 19-year-old Minneapolis man is facing a second ...