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Minneapolis to beef up security for trial in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — National Guard troops and hundreds of law enforcement officers will converge on the Minneapolis area during the upcoming trial of the former police officer charged in George Floyd's death, and authorities said Wednesday they hope months of planning will help prevent a ...

Court revives lawsuit over Minnesota family’s 2015 killing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday revived a lawsuit filed by relatives of a Greenwood man who killed his wife and the couple's three children before killing himself in 2015. Relatives of Brian Short had sued Park Nicollet health system, alleging that doctors did ...

Minnesota nears vaccine milestone; Walz readies school plan

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota is expected to pass a milestone this week by administering its 1 millionth dose of coronavirus vaccine, even though severe winter weather in other parts of the country is likely to disrupt supplies, Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said Tuesday. Meanwhile, Gov. ...

Company agrees not to place guards at Minnesota voting sites

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Tennessee company that had been advertising for security guards to monitor the 2020 election in Minnesota and then backed away from the idea must follow certain provisions in the future as part of a settlement agreement approved Tuesday in federal court. The Minnesota ...

Business owners ruined by protests plead for rebuilding bill

ST. PAUL, MInn. (AP) — Owners of Twin Cities businesses that were raided and burned during the violent protests over the death of George Floyd appealed to lawmakers Tuesday for help with rebuilding. Several store owners in Minneapolis and St. Paul told members of the House Capital Investment ...

Moment of silence will be held for clinic shooting victims

BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) — A moment of silence will be held on Tuesday to mark one week since a Minnesota man walked into a health clinic northwest of Minneapolis and opened fire, killing one staff member and injuring four others. Gregory Ulrich, 67, is charged with murder, attempted murder and ...

New restrictions by Canada sting Minnesota border businesses

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Canadian officials on Monday began enforcing tighter restrictions on nonessential travel across its border, which many northern Minnesota business owners view as a move in the wrong direction. Canada has kept its border closed to nonessential visitors for nearly 11 ...

Minnesota House pulls $35M security fund for officer trials

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A proposal by Gov. Tim Walz to create a $35 million fund to bolster security during the murder trial of a former Minneapolis officer charged with killing George Floyd stalled out in the Democratic-controlled Minnesota House on Monday when leaders pulled the bill, ...

Minneapolis to spend $6.4M to recruit more police officers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis is planning to spend $6.4 million to hire dozens of police officers, at a time when some City Council members and activist groups have been advocating to replace the police department following George Floyd's death. The City Council voted unanimously Friday to ...

Police chief of small Iowa town arrested in Minnesota

ARMSTRONG, Iowa (AP) — The police chief of a small Iowa town, who was charged with several crimes along with three other local officials last week, has been arrested in Minnesota. The Martin County, Minnesota, Sheriff's office said Armstrong, Iowa, Police Chief Craig Merrill was arrested ...

Minnesota reports 779 new COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday confirmed 779 new COVID-19 cases and seven new deaths due to complications from the coronavirus. The update lifted the total number of cases to 473,567 and the cumulative number of deaths to 6,373 since the start of the pandemic. ...

Doctors who say no to opioid use face threats from patients

By TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press One patient threatened to shoot Dr. Terry Hunt if physical therapy didn't relieve his pain as effectively as opioids did. Another harassed his staff, then roamed a hospital searching for Hunt after being told he would be weaned off painkillers he had used ...

Minnesota reports 779 new COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday confirmed 779 new COVID-19 cases and seven new deaths due to complications from the coronavirus. The update lifted the total number of cases to 473,567 and the cumulative number of deaths to 6,373 since the start of the pandemic. ...

Man given 5 years for firebombing in George Floyd aftermath

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis man has been sentenced to five years in prison for firebombing a Dakota County courthouse in the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd last year. Garrett Ziegler, 25, of Long Lake, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to aiding and ...

Appeals court won’t delay ex-cop’s trial in Floyd’s death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Friday dismissed prosecutors' request to delay next month's planned trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd over their safety concerns about trying the case during ...

Walz expands capacity limits in restaurants, elsewhere

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Friday said he would relax several restrictions in place due to the coronavirus as cases continue to ebb and vaccination efforts increase, including raising the maximum occupancy in bars and ...

Streets to reopen, memorial to stay at site of Floyd arrest

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A memorial honoring George Floyd will remain at the Minneapolis intersection where he was pinned to the ground by a police officer in the moments before he died last May, but the streets will reopen to two-way traffic at the conclusion of ...

Rozier scores 41 points, Hornets beat Timberwolves 120-114

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Terry Rozier scored 41 points and rookie LaMelo Ball had 20 points and 11 rebounds to help the Charlotte Hornets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-114 on Friday night. Charlotte improved to 13-14, opening a five-game homestand with its third victory in four games. ...

Report: Police granted clinic shooting suspect gun permit

BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) — A man charged with murder in a shooting at a Minnesota medical clinic bought the handgun he used in the attack with a permit from the local police department, even though he had been the subject of a restraining order for threatening the clinic in the past, according to ...

Officials: Chauvin was ready to plead to 3rd-degree murder

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was prepared to plead guilty to third-degree murder in George Floyd's death before then-Attorney General William Barr personally blocked the plea deal last year, officials said. The deal would have averted any potential federal ...