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4 shot, wounded in Minneapolis one day after Uptown shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police in Minneapolis were investigating a shooting on the city's north side Monday that left four people wounded, just one day after 12 people were shot in a different neighborhood. Police spokesman John Elder said officers were called to a neighborhood about 2 miles ...

Minority officers allege discrimination over Chauvin booking

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eight minority corrections officers who work at the jail holding a former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd allege that they were barred from guarding or having contact with the officer because of their race. Floyd died on May 25 ...

1 man dead, 11 people wounded in Minneapolis shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A shooting in a popular Minneapolis nightlife area early Sunday left one man dead and 11 people wounded in a chaotic scene that sent people ducking into restaurants and other businesses for cover. The shooting broke out shortly after midnight in the city's trendy Uptown ...

Klobuchar urges Biden to pick nonwhite woman as running mate

By SARA BURNETT Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Amy Klobuchar says she is dropping out of the running to be vice president and urging Democrat Joe Biden to select a woman of color instead. The white Minnesota senator, who had seen her prospects fall as racial tensions swept the nation, said ...

Man arrested in police station arson head back to Minnesota

DENVER (AP) — A Minnesota man arrested in Colorado on suspicion of setting some of the fires that destroyed a Minneapolis police station on a night when protests over the death of George Floyd turned violent is returning to his home state to face prosecution. Dylan Shakespeare Robinson, 22, ...

Minnesota activists hold Juneteenth rally for reparations

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's Black Lives Matter chapter took to the state Capitol on Friday to mark Juneteenth with a demand for reparations and real police reform in a continued push for racial justice following the death of ...

Minnesota health dept. says youth sports can resume

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Youth outdoor sports can return to games and scrimmages on Wednesday after being on pause during the coronavirus pandemic, Minnesota health officials said Friday. The Minnesota Department of Health also announced that indoor youth sports can resume games and scrimmages ...

Police accountability bills stall in Minnesota Legislature

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A special session of the Minnesota Legislature appeared to be in a stalemate Friday with both parties deeply divided on how far lawmakers should go toward remaking policing in the state where George Floyd was killed. The ...

Minnesota Democrats press GOP for sweeping policing changes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has challenged Republican lawmakers to approve a Democratic-backed package of police accountability bills crafted following George Floyd's death so he can have the "poetic justice" of signing them Friday to celebrate Juneteenth, which marks the end of slavery ...

EPA fines Enbridge $6.7M over pipeline safety issues

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal regulators have fined Enbridge $6.7 million for allegedly failing to quickly fix pipeline safety issues. Enbridge said Thursday that the Alberta, Canada-based company has settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and agreed to pay the fines, levied in ...

Minnesota promises late July decision on K-12 schools

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health and education officials on Thursday asked school administrators to plan for three scenarios on reopening in the fall under the cloud of the coronavirus, and promised a decision by the last week of July on whether students can return for in-person ...

Hibbing Taconite extends mine shutdown another month

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Hibbing Taconite in northern Minnesota is extending its iron mining shutdown for another month as the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic continues. HibTac announced in April it would shut down from May 3 to July 6. But the company now says the goal is to ...

Minnesota State trustees OK fall tuition freeze, spring hike

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Students at Minnesota State colleges and universities will get a tuition freeze this fall with a 3 percent hike following in the spring, under a budget approved by system trustees Wednesday. The trustees approved the fall tuition freeze as a way to retain students and ...

Teen charged with shooting Minnesota officer, causing unrest

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors charged an 18-year-old man Wednesday with shooting and wounding a St. Cloud police officer who was trying to arrest him — a shooting that sparked unrest after rumors surfaced that police had shot two black men. The Stearns County Attorney's Office ...

Minnesota waives absentee ballot witness signature mandate

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota will waive its witness requirements for absentee ballots for the statewide primary election in August under the settlement of two lawsuits sparked by the health threat from the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuits were filed by political arms of the League of Women ...

Minnesota Senate debates GOP police accountability proposals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate on Tuesday debated a package of police accountability measures drawn up following the death of George Floyd, but with a more extensive set of bills advancing in the Democrat-dominated House critics warned the Senate proposals don't ...

Iranian CEO pleads guilty to conspiracy to violate sanctions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The founder and CEO of an Iranian financial services firm has pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The U.S. Attorney's office said that Seyed Sajjad Shahidian, 33, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in ...

Protesters demonstrate for a second night in St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Police used tear gas to disperse a crowd early Tuesday during a second consecutive night of unrest in St. Cloud. About 100 people demonstrated with some protesters chanting some of George Floyd's last words "I can't breathe" before he died on a Minneapolis street. A ...

Board to review licenses of ex-officers in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota board that licenses and set training standards for all peace officers in the state plans to review the death of George Floyd. The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) is required to review all misconduct complaints against licensed ...

Minnesota lawmakers unveil $300M plan to rebuild from unrest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democrats who control the Minnesota House announced a $300 million economic aid proposal Monday for businesses that were damaged or destroyed during the civil unrest over the death of George Floyd. The legislation is aimed at commercial corridors in lower income ...