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2019 brings a new mix to Minnesota’s big conference table

ST.PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There's a new mix at Minnesota's big conference table for the always-contentious negotiations at the end of the legislative session over the big questions of taxes and spending. It's the first budget for Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, and Speaker Melissa Hortman's first as ...

St. Cloud prison fair helps inmates plan for their release

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Some St. Cloud inmates recently met with community groups to begin planning for their future outside of prison. The Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud held its release planning fair this week, the St. Cloud Times reported. It's the 10th year that the prison has ...

Minnesota lawmaker booked after clashes at hotel, hospital

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota state lawmaker Matt Grossell was arrested after he refused to leave a St. Paul hospital where he was taken after allegedly causing a ruckus at a hotel bar, police said Sunday. A release from police Sgt. Mike Ernster said that officers were called to the Best ...

Minnesota’s presidential primary may impact 2020 election

By GRETA KAUL of MinnPost. undefined MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Excitement over wide-open Republican and Democratic presidential primaries brought 320,000 Minnesotans, or about 8% of eligible voters, out to pick presidential candidates on a cold March night in 2016. Such a showing would be ...

Police in Minneapolis, St. Paul seek suspects in 2 killings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in St. Paul and Minneapolis are looking for suspects in separate shooting deaths in the last two days. St. Paul police say a man was killed in the parking lot of Johnny Baby's bar early Saturday, but only one person at the scene agreed to speak to officers. ...

Nonprofits see boarding house as affordable housing solution

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some Minnesota nonprofits are embracing communal housing as a way to address affordable housing shortages despite the model being long rejected as contributing to urban blight. Alliance Housing has been trying to get Minneapolis officials to rethink rooming houses as a ...

Hmong American nonprofit to bring more resources to St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The largest Hmong American nonprofit in the country is trying to bring job training, youth classrooms, childcare and even assisted living to St. Paul. The Hmong American Partnership plans to develop the projects at three sites in St. Paul around next year, the Pioneer ...

Some states seek to close loopholes in marital rape laws

By JULIE CARR SMYTH and STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Witches were still being burned at the stake when Sir Matthew Hale came up with his legal theory that rape could not happen within marriage. The 17th century English jurist declared it legally impossible because ...

Ex-nurse manager at Mayo Clinic facilities accused of theft

WASECA, Minn. (AP) — A former nurse manager for Mayo Clinic in Minnesota is accused of making nearly $71,000 in false mileage reimbursement claims. The Mankato Free Press reports that 50-year-old Christine Chadderdon, of Le Center, is charged in Waseca County District Court with felony theft ...

Supporters of Chinese billionaire’s accuser decry censorship

By YANAN WANG Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — For three years, Chen Chun published articles on his public WeChat account touching on politics, philosophy and current affairs — subjects that are often censored on Chinese social media. More recently, the writer in southern China has focused ...

CenterPoint admonished by regulators for bungling refund

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators have admonished the state's largest natural gas utility for how it handled a recent rate hike refund. CenterPoint Energy customers were left with checks that bounced or late payment fees after the utility reversed rate refunds to customers because ...

Klobuchar releases $100B substance abuse, mental health plan

By SARA BURNETT Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has released a plan to spend $100 billion over a decade to improve mental health care and fight substance abuse, an issue the Minnesota senator has faced firsthand as the daughter of an alcoholic ...

Worker leave during investigations costs taxpayers millions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota and its local governments have been shelling out millions of taxpayer dollars to public employees to stay away from their jobs while they're being investigated for allegations of misconduct, wrongdoing or crimes, according to a TV station. KARE-TV obtained public ...

Minnesota man charged with fleeing police, killing motorist

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of killing a motorist while fleeing Minneapolis police has been charged in county court. Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman says 27-year-old Trevon McMorris, of Brooklyn Park, is charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle resulting ...

Police: Boys fall from Minneapolis rooftop was accidental

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say two brothers ages 3 and 1 ½ climbed over a barrier and accidentally fell 55 feet (17 meters) from the rooftop of a Minneapolis apartment onto a patio, killing one of them. Minneapolis police say the other brother was injured in the Thursday fall and is ...

2019 brings a new mix to Minnesota’s big conference table

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST.PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There's a new mix at Minnesota's big conference table for the always-contentious negotiations at the end of the legislative session over the big questions of taxes and spending. It's the first budget for Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, and ...

Minneapolis to pay $20M to family of 911 caller slain by cop

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis will pay $20 million to the family of an unarmed woman shot by a police officer after she called 911 to report a possible crime, city leaders announced Friday — a move that comes just three days after the former officer was ...

Minnesota governor signs repeal of marital rape exemption

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bill repealing a Minnesota law that prevented prosecutors from filing rape charges against people accused of sexually assaulting their spouses. Looking on as Walz signed the bill Thursday was Jenny Teeson. The Andover woman went public after ...

Judge keeps juror names secret after Minnesota cop convicted

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge is keeping secret the names of jurors who convicted a Minneapolis police officer this week in the shooting of an unarmed woman. Judge Kathryn Quaintance cited the possibility of unwanted publicity and harassment in an order Thursday that keeps the jurors' ...

Lawmakers, governor get down to hardest work of session

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Lawmakers and Gov. Tim Walz got down to the most difficult work of the legislative session Thursday, as they began what were expected to be marathon negotiations on budget targets. The Democratic-controlled House, the GOP-controlled Senate and the Democratic governor ...