MN State News

Big issues in dispute as Legislature approaches homestretch

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes for the homestretch of the 2019 session on Tuesday, with no agreements yet on any of the big issues involving taxes and spending, while the deadline looms just four weeks away. Nevertheless, Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and legislative ...

Economic agency’s hiring of DFL operative raises questions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says he'll tighten hiring rules after a prominent Iron Range Democrat was hired for a civil service job without going through the normal hiring process. Walz's move comes after Joe Radinovich, a former state legislator, was fast-tracked for a job at ...

Minnesota professor pleads guilty to domestic assault charge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A University of Minnesota professor accused of assaulting his girlfriend in their apartment has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Thursday that 47-year-old Aaron Doering pleaded guilty to domestic assault by ...

Officer says partner fired before he could analyze threat

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The partner of a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman as she approached their squad car testified Thursday that he didn't fire his own gun because he was still trying to determine if he was in danger, agreeing with a prosecutor's characterization ...

Man accused duping Vikings for $70,000 in luxury suite scam

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A San Francisco man is accused of bilking the Minnesota Vikings out of about $70,000 in a luxury suite scam. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office says 39-year-old Daniel Escamilla signed a contract to rent a suite for the Sept. 9 game against the San Francisco 49ers, ...

Man pleads guilty to attack on 2 Minnesota college teachers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A student accused of beating two teachers at Normandale Community College in Bloomington has pleaded guilty. Twenty-one-year-old Gavin Hutson, of St. Paul, pleaded guilty to felony assault, two counts of misdemeanor assault and carrying a gun without a permit. ...

Eden Prairie dad pleads guilty to whipping teenage daughter

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — An Eden Prairie man accused of locking his teenage daughter in a bedroom and whipping her with a tree branch and a belt has pleaded guilty. The Star Tribune reports that 38-year-old Craig Underwood II pleaded guilty to malicious punishment of a child for his ...

Fox News to host town hall meeting with Amy Klobuchar

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Amy Klobuchar agreed on Wednesday to become the second Democratic presidential candidate to hold a town hall meeting on Fox News Channel, and others are soon to follow. Sen. Bernie Sanders was the first to venture onto Fox this week. His Monday town hall reached 2.55 ...

Minnesota cop’s trial raises questions about code of silence

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Testimony in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home has shined a light on officers' actions at the scene and raised questions about whether they were trying ...

Suspect in attack on boy at Mall of America held on $2M bail

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America said little Tuesday during his first court appearance but appeared lucid and followed the court's directions. Emmanuel Aranda, 24, of Minneapolis, is charged with attempted ...

Woman sues Chinese billionaire Liu for alleged rape

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman who said she was raped by JD.com founder Richard Liu filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the billionaire and his company alleging he and other wealthy Chinese executives coerced her to drink during a dinner in the hours before she was attacked. Jingyao Liu, a student ...

Minnesota governor, first lady release returns on Tax Day

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and first lady Gwen Walz have marked Tax Day by releasing their 2018 federal and state tax returns. The Democratic governor and his wife reported total income of just over $212,000 in 2018, mostly from his salary as a congressman. They paid ...

Trump seeks mileage for tax cuts at truck company appearance

BURNSVILLE, Minn. (AP) — President Donald Trump played up the benefits of his tax cuts on Monday's tax filing day in a state where he's aiming to turn a narrow defeat in the 2016 presidential race into a victory in his re-election bid next year. "We promised these tax cuts would be rocket ...

Complaint: Man went to Mall of America intending to kill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The man charged with throwing a 5-year-old boy off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America told police he was angry at being rejected by women at the Minnesota mall and was "looking for someone to kill" when he went there last week, according to a criminal complaint ...

Words and consequences: A look at the Omar and Trump feud

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't backing down from his tweets about Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress. In fact, he spoke at an event in Omar's home state of Minnesota on Monday amid a ferocious fight over her comments about the Sept. ...

Report: Minnesota students paid $620K in TCF Bank card fees

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — TCF Bank made more than $620,000 in card fees from University of Minnesota students on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses last school year, according to a consumer advocacy group's report. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group released a study last week that found 44% ...

Yemeni-Americans to boycott NY Post over 9/11 front page

NEW YORK (AP) — Yemeni-Americans are criticizing the New York Post over its front page last week that featured a photograph of the burning World Trade Center and a quote from Democratic Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar that some say was dismissive of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. On Sunday, The New ...

Omar cites more death threats against her since Trump tweet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar says she's faced increased death threats since President Donald Trump spread around a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks. "This is endangering lives," she said, accusing Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism. "It ...

Minnesota may see psychologist shortage after Argosy closes

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota could suffer a shortage of psychologists following the sudden closure of Argosy University, according to mental health leaders. The private university chain closed its Eagan campus last month after being cut off from federal loan programs — a move that left ...

Minnesota woman with 64 dead cats, 43 live cats sentenced

FARMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman who was found to have 64 dead cats, 43 live cats, a 400-pound pig and other animals on her property has been sentenced. Twenty-five-year-old Caycee Bregel, who ran an animal rescue nonprofit out of home south of the Twin Cities, pleaded guilty ...