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Minnesota News

Teen bystander: Knew instantly Floyd was `in distress’

By AMY FORLITI and STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A woman who was 17 when she came upon Minneapolis police pinning George Floyd to the street testified Friday at a federal trial for three officers that she knew instantly the Black man was "in distress," as he ...

School bus driver shot in Minneapolis, children not injured

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A school bus driver was expected to survive after being shot in the head in Minneapolis while transporting young children, officials said. The driver was wounded Wednesday afternoon while on his or her bus route. Three children younger than 10 were on board and were not ...

Wisconsin election conspiracy theorist running for governor

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state lawmaker who has won praise from former President Donald Trump for his attempts to reverse President Joe Biden's win in Wisconsin filed paperwork Thursday to run for governor, a move that would shake up the Republican ...

AP source: Denver’s Ed Donatell agrees to join Vikings as DC

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ed Donatell has agreed to become the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings under head-coach-to-be Kevin O'Connell, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition ...

Minnesota editor returning to Louisiana’s largest newspaper

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The editor of Louisiana's largest newspaper is retiring, and the new editor is a returning New Orleans native who comes to the job after heading the biggest newspaper in Minnesota. Rene Sanchez of the Star Tribune of Minneapolis will replace Peter Kovacs as editor of the ...

Twin Cities lift restaurant, bar vaccine-or-test mandates

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul have rescinded vaccine-or-test mandates for restaurants, bars and entertainment venues as COVID-19 cases decline rapidly. The Star Tribune reported Thursday that Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter have ...

Judge restores protections for gray wolves across much of US

By MATTHEW BROWN and JOHN FLESHER Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont (AP) — A judge restored federal protections for gray wolves across much of the U.S. on Thursday, after their removal in the waning days of the Trump administration exposed the predators to hunting that critics said would ...

Minnesota tax collections jump 25% in January

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota tax collections rang in 25% higher than expected in January, bolstered largely by robust corporate pay-ins, state budget analysts announced Thursday. The Star Tribune reported that Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter announced the numbers ...

Minnesota bill would soften tracking device rules for police

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota House committee considered legislation Thursday that would expand the use of mobile tracking devices by a law enforcement officers trying to track down stolen vehicles and avoid high-speed chases amid a ...

Lieutenant: Officers should have intervened in Floyd killing

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three former Minneapolis police officers on trial for violating George Floyd's civil rights should have intervened to stop fellow Officer Derek Chauvin when he had his knee on the Black man's neck, the head of the Minneapolis Police ...

Cop safety cited in no-knock warrant ahead of Locke’s death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities searching the Minneapolis apartment where Amir Locke was killed by a SWAT team member said a no-knock search warrant was necessary to protect the public and officers as they looked for guns, drugs and clothing worn by people ...

Essential workers urge Minnesota lawmakers to pass bonuses

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Several people testified before a Minnesota House committee hearing on Wednesday to outline the need for a $1 billion proposal that would send $1,500 bonuses to health care workers and others whose jobs were deemed ...

Toxicologist: Drugs, ‘excited delirium’ didn’t kill Floyd

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A toxicologist testified at the federal trial of three former officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights that it wasn't drug use, heart disease nor an agitated state known as "excited delirium" that caused Floyd's ...

Amir Locke’s cousin arrested in probe that led to fatal raid

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities arrested Amir Locke's 17-year-old cousin Tuesday in connection with the homicide investigation that led police to the Minneapolis apartment where a SWAT team officer fatally shot Locke while conducting a search warrant. Mekhi ...

Journalists settle suit over mistreatment covering protests

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The state of Minnesota has agreed to pay $825,000 and change several policies to settle a lawsuit brought by journalists who said they were hurt or harassed while covering protests over the police killings of George Floyd and Daunte Wright. The American Civil Liberties ...

Trainer: Officers in Floyd killing did not follow policy

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who oversaw medical training for two of the three former officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights testified that the officers failed to follow their training to do everything they could ...

Lung expert: Officers could have saved George Floyd’s life

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — George Floyd could have been saved if Minneapolis police officers had moved him into a position to breathe more easily, and his chances of survival "doubled or tripled" if they had performed CPR as soon as his heart ...

Senate GOP reveals plan to resolve unemployment fund deficit

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Senate Republicans on Monday released a $2.73 billion proposal to repay the state's debt to the federal government for unemployment benefits during the pandemic and prevent a looming tax hike on ...

Police trainer testifies against officers in Floyd’s death

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who oversaw medical training for two of the three former officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights is scheduled to resume testifying in their federal trial Tuesday about what they were ...

Amir Locke, killed by Minneapolis cop, wanted music career

By SARA BURNETT Associated Press Before he was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer, Amir Locke had been making plans. The 22-year-old Black man had filed paperwork to start a music business, his mother said, and had already designed a logo. Next week, he planned to move to Dallas, ...