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Minnesota Legislature faces tough budget talks in week ahead

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As the Minnesota Legislature enters the last full week of its 2021 session, lawmakers face long hours of tough negotiations as they seek to agree on a balanced budget by next Monday's mandatory adjournment date. And given the ...

Big Minnesota Lottery winners will get to keep names private

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Big winners in the Minnesota Lottery will be able to keep their names confidential under a bill signed by Gov. Tim Walz this week. The new law, which takes effect Sept. 1, makes the names of winners of cash prizes bigger than $10,000 private data unless they give ...

Minnesota community vaccination sites now taking walk-ins

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Vaccine-eligible Minnesotans can walk in for a COVID-19 shot without an appointment at the state's Community Vaccination Program locations effective immediately, the governor's office announced Friday. "We want Minnesotans to pile in the car, walk in to a state site ...

Ruling lets Minnesota move forward with ‘clean car’ rules

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators got a green light Friday to adopt new "clean car" rules without getting approval from the Legislature. A ruling from an administrative law judge allows the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to move forward with its plan to write new regulations ...

Minnesota marijuana bill heads to House floor vote next week

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Legislation that would legalize cannabis use for adults and expunge most minor marijuana convictions is expected to head to a full floor vote in the Minnesota House next week after a dozen hearings — the first time ...

Man charged in Minnesota bank hostage case

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Charges were filed Friday against a man accused of holding five employees hostage during a standoff at a Minnesota bank that lasted more than eight hours. Ray R. McNeary, 35, was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, five counts of kidnapping and assault in ...

4 ex-cops indicted on US civil rights charges in Floyd death

By AMY FORLITI and MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's arrest and death, accusing them of willfully violating the Black man's constitutional rights as he was restrained ...

‘We did it!’: Minnesota exults at Census win at NY’s expense

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM and STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans spent 18 months worrying over whether the 2020 census would finally cost them a precious seat in Congress, expecting to lose one to faster-growing competitors in the South and West even if they found and ...

Trial of other cops charged in Floyd’s death to be broadcast

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Chauvin's murder trial was the first Minnesota criminal trial to be broadcast live on television. It won't be the last. Some in the Minnesota legal system were apprehensive about allowing the live broadcast of Chauvin's trial over the killing of George Floyd, but the ...

Prosecutor in Daunte Wright’s death not swayed by critics

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The day Daunte Wright was laid to rest, a small group of demonstrators gathered outside prosecutor Pete Orput's suburban home and, with microphones and a loudspeaker, demanded he file murder charges against the police officer who killed the ...