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Walz announces major rollback of COVID-19 restrictions

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Friday announced he is easing several coronavirus restrictions, citing rising vaccinations and declining COVID-19 cases. "I'm here to tell you that we're winning. We're winning, and this thing is ...

A look at big settlements in US police killings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The attorney for George Floyd's family said Friday that a $27 million settlement of a federal lawsuit by the city of Minneapolis is the largest pretrial civil rights settlement ever. The settlement was announced as jury selection continued in the trial of Derek Chauvin, a ...

Floyd family agrees to $27M settlement amidst ex-cop’s trial

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Minneapolis on Friday agreed to pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit from George Floyd's family over the Black man's death in police custody, as jury selection continued in a former officer's murder ...

Fatal shooting of two men in Mahtomedi ruled murder-suicide

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled a shooting that left two men dead outside a FedEx facility in Mahtomedi last month was a murder-suicide. David Peterson killed Todd "Jimmy" Wilemon and then shot himself following an argument Feb. 1, according to ...

Minnesota officials warn about deteriorating ice conditions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's recent warm weather has led to treacherous ice conditions in some areas of the state, officials said Thursday. The Minnesota Department of National Resources said in a release that ice thickness varies widely and some lakes already have large areas of open ...

Walz plans to dial back virus restrictions for gatherings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Thursday he's planning significant rollbacks of COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, following an update by state health officials showing that 70% of the state's senior citizens have now been vaccinated. "They will be probably our biggest turn ...

EXPLAINER: Ex-cop trial to include ‘spark of life’ on Floyd

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors trying a white former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd's death plan to use a legal doctrine called "spark of life" to humanize Floyd in front of jurors. It's a doctrine with roots in a 1985 state Supreme Court ...

Judge OKs 3rd-degree murder charge for ex-cop in Floyd death

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Thursday granted prosecutors' request to add a third-degree murder count against a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death, offering jurors an additional option for conviction and ...

Walz urges lawmakers to pass summer education package

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday urged Minnesota lawmakers to immediately pass legislation to fund a $150 million summer education package in the Democratic governor's budget proposal that would attempt to remedy disruptions ...

6 chosen for Chauvin trial jury so far; murder charge added

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who said he has a "very negative" impression of Derek Chauvin nevertheless became the sixth juror selected for the former Minneapolis police officer's trial in George Floyd's death. The man, who told attorneys he ...

Former Sen. Jensen announces GOP candidacy for governor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former state Sen. Scott Jensen has made his Republican candidacy for governor official. Jensen served one term in the Senate and retired in January. The family physician has been critical of the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic and in interviews with Fox News ...

Ex-Minneapolis airport worker sentenced for stealing copper

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport electrician accused of stealing more than $125,000 worth of copper from a project site has been sentenced to home detention and probation. Kipp Baldwin, 60, of Bloomington, pleaded guilty earlier to theft by swindle and ...

Minnesota health commissioner receives dose of J&J vaccine

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz joined Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm at a COVID-19 vaccination site on Wednesday as Malcolm received a dose of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine on camera in an effort to ...

EXPLAINER: Why jurors can’t be dismissed based on their race

By CLAUDIA LAUER Associated Press The issue of race looms large over the trial of a white former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death last May of George Floyd, a Black man. The racial makeup of the jury that will decide Derek Chauvin's fate has been no exception, as observers ...

Attorneys in ex-cop’s trial probe jurors’ views about police

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death questioned potential jurors Wednesday about their attitudes toward police, trying to determine whether they're more inclined to ...

Boy killed, man injured in Minneapolis shootout

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A shootout between two groups of people has left one dead and another injured in Minneapolis, according to police. Officers were called to a south Minneapolis intersection about 10 p.m. Monday where the shooting took place. A boy and a man had been hit by gunfire, said ...

Governor: More Minnesotans eligible for coronavirus vaccine

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota is expanding eligibility for the coronavirus vaccine after reaching its goal of inoculating at least 70% of people ages 65 and older, Gov. Tim Walz announced Tuesday. The state will expand eligibility to the ...

Pandemic shapes trial of Minneapolis ex-cop in Floyd’s death

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Because the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death is being held during the coronavirus pandemic, the courtroom has been overhauled for safety. Gone are the traditional jury box and gallery, ...

Minnesota education commissioner resigns, replaced by deputy

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota education commissioner and longtime teacher Mary Cathryn Ricker is stepping down after two years to return to the classroom, Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday. Ricker said in her resignation letter that she feels "the pull to spend my time and energy in classrooms ...

Attorneys sift strong opinions, anxiety among Chauvin jurors

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One was anxious, worried about high emotion surrounding the case. One worried his family might be targeted. And one was delighted to receive her jury summons — even after learning she might wind up on the panel considering whether to ...