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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 ...

18 people charged in 2 violent robberies in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eighteen people are charged with various counts in connection with two violent robberies in downtown Minneapolis. The defendants range from 15 to 27 years old. One man is charged in both attacks. In the first robbery, surveillance video shows about a dozen people beating ...

Autopsy: NDSU student killed 5 years ago died of asphyxia

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota State University freshman from Minnesota who was killed five years ago died of asphyxia. Authorities have said little about the September 2014 death of 18-year-old Thomas Bearson of Sartell, Minnesota, other than it was a homicide. KVLY-TV obtained ...

Magistrate: Mosque bombing case should not be dismissed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal magistrate is recommending that a judge decline to dismiss charges against an Illinois militia leader who was the alleged ringleader behind the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque. Michael Hari's attorneys had argued that four counts against him should be ...

Lawyer: Chicago archdiocese paid $80M to clients of law firm

By MICHAEL TARM AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has paid $80 million to 160 victims of sexual abuse by clergy represented by a single law firm since 2001, the lawyer who heads the Minnesota-based firm told reporters Tuesday. According to a ...

2-year-old boy struck by bullet in north Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 2-year-old boy is recovering after being struck by a bullet in north Minneapolis. Minneapolis police were sent to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale early Tuesday after the child was dropped off with a reported gunshot wound to the arm or hand. Officers were ...

Walz to push gun control, insulin affordability in 2020

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With summer winding down, Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday that he's looking ahead toward the 2020 legislative session, with plans to push proposals for making insulin affordable, reducing gun violence, clean energy and criminal justice ...

Video deleted from Minnesota first lady’s tense policy forum

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A deleted video from a forum that turned tense over racial issues demonstrates some of the political risks in Minnesota first lady Gwen Walz's push for criminal justice reform. Walz and staffers in the governor's office wanted to promote an upcoming PBS documentary ...

Suspect charged in fire that destroyed Minnesota synagogue

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday charged a homeless man with causing a fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota. Matthew James Amiot, 36, is charged with two counts of setting a negligent fire. A judge set his bail at $20,000 and Amiot remained in ...

Walz signs order creating Governor’s Biofuels Council

PLATO, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is setting up a council to advise him on how to foster the growth of Minnesota's biofuels industry. The Governor's Biofuels Council will have 15 members, including representatives of the agriculture, biofuels and transportation industries, as well as ...