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Minnesota News

Minneapolis City Council OKs contentious police union pact

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis City Council approved a police union contract Thursday over complaints by activists and others that the deal leaves out new disciplinary rules necessitated by a series of high-profile police killings in recent years. The council voted 8-5 in favor of the ...

Teacher in Minnesota asked to take down Ukrainian flag

BYRON, Minn. (AP) — A teacher in southeastern Minnesota has been asked by high school administrators to remove a Ukrainian flag from her classroom, a flag her students asked her to display as a show of solidarity for the war-torn country. Byron Public Schools Superintendent Mike Neubeck says ...

Minnesota lawmakers propose changes to felony murder laws

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Megan Cater and her friend Briana Martinson went to a friend's house in 2017 to retrieve prescription medication they thought was stolen from Martinson. They brought along two of their friends, who brought another ...

Sacramento teachers strike as Minneapolis walkout continues

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ and HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH Associated Press Thousands of teachers and other school workers in Sacramento walked off the job Wednesday as the California capital became the second big U.S. school district this month to see a work stoppage over pay and ...

Canadian Pacific to resume operations after work stoppage

The Associated Press Thousands of conductors, engineers, train and yard workers will return to work Tuesday after an agreement between Canadian Pacific Railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference ended a two-day work stoppage. A work stoppage that began Sunday brought trains to a halt ...

DNR: More groundwater released by pipeline aquifer ruptures

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The damage to public groundwater resources in Minnesota from missteps during construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline is more severe than previously known, state environmental regulators said. Enbridge Energy crews ruptured three groundwater aquifers while building the ...

Moorhead man sentenced in gun death of 6-year-old boy

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Moorhead man was sentenced Tuesday to nearly five years in prison for leaving a loaded gun in his residence that was used in the accidental death of a 6-year-old boy. Phillip Neal Jones Jr., a convicted felon, pleaded guilty last year to illegally possessing a ...

Mississippi River tow kicks off start of navigation season

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The first Mississippi River towboat has marked the unofficial start of the 2022 navigation season. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials say the Motor Vessel W. Red Harris was due to pass through Lock and Dam 3 near Welch on Monday afternoon. The tow originated from ...

Minnesota Republicans offer alternate plan for family leave

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature offered a voluntary proposal for paid family and medical leave Monday that would rely on tax credits for employers who choose to participate, in contrast with Democratic proposals that would ...

U of M asks lawmakers for $30m for scholarships

University of Minnesota officials are asking legislators to approve $30 million for scholarships for students who attend regional campuses. The Star Tribune reported Saturday that the proposed Greater Minnesota Scholarship Program would go give money to Minnesota residents who enroll as ...

Canadian Pacific rail work stoppage could hit US agriculture

DETROIT (AP) — Canadian Teamsters and CP Rail blamed each other for a work stoppage Sunday that brought trains to a halt across Canada and interrupted fertilizer and other shipments to and from the U.S. More than 3,000 Canadian Pacific Rail conductors, engineers, train and yard workers ...

Minnesota public defenders may strike over workloads and pay

ST. PAUL, Minn. By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press (AP) — Public defenders are poised to go on strike as early as Tuesday across Minnesota, where unionized attorneys say they've been pushed to the brink by routinely high caseloads that have become unmanageable amid the coronavirus ...

Penn State widens lead in NCAA wrestling championships

DETROIT (AP) — Penn State advanced six wrestlers to the semifinals of the NCAA championships Friday and opened a double-digit lead over Michigan in the team race. The Nittany Lions had 73 points after the quarterfinals. Michigan had 62.5 and Arizona State 53. Cornell's Yianni Diakomihalis ...

American among civilians killed in Russian attack in Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American man was killed in a Russian attack on the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv, where he was seeking medical treatment for his partner. The death of Jim Hill was reported Thursday by his sister. "My brother Jimmy Hill was killed yesterday in Chernihiv, Ukraine. ...

Bakk to depart Legislature after nearly 30 years

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Tom Bakk will retire at the end of the year, drawing a curtain on a political career that saw him become one of Democrats' most powerful lawmakers before he eventually left the party. Bakk announced Thursday he wouldn't seek re-election, calling his time ...

New Walz plan for surplus includes bigger tax rebate checks

NEW HOPE, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz released an updated plan Thursday for how to spend the state's enormous budget surplus, including a proposal for income tax rebate checks of $1,000 per couple. His revised supplemental budget proposal, released Monday, follows last month's announcement ...

Boy held in fatal stabbing of relative in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A 15-year-old relative is accused of fatally stabbing a 19-year-old woman in Duluth, according to police. Karimah Phuly was found unresponsive at a residence Friday just minutes after police had left the home following a previous call. Officers originally responded to a ...

Ex-boyfriend of woman set on fire arrested in her death

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The former boyfriend of a woman who died after she was set on fire at a St. Paul shipping warehouse has been arrested in the case, according to police. Authorities said 44-year-old Kelli Ranning Goodermont was killed at her workplace Tuesday. Her former boyfriend was ...

$2.4M to be paid to man shot in eye during Floyd protests

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man who lost an eye when he was hit by a projectile fired by police during protests that followed George Floyd's killing will get a $2.4 million settlement. Soren Stevenson, 27, was in a large group of people standing in a grassy area near an interstate ...

Gladney, Williams agree to deals with Arizona Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have signed cornerback Jeff Gladney to a two-year contract and also brought back tight end Maxx Williams on a one-year deal. The 25-year-old Gladney was found not guilty of a felony assault charge last week, according to online records from Dallas ...