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Prosecutors appeal ruling that split trials in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in Minnesota on Thursday appealed a judge's ruling that split the trials of four Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death and kept the first trial scheduled to start in March. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill ruled earlier in January that ...

Minnesota’s election law fight heats up over voter ID bill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A post-election fight over whether Minnesota's election laws should be tightened or changed to make voting easier heated up Wednesday as a key Senate panel backed a Republican proposal to require people to present photo identification at the polls. GOP Sen. Scott Newman, ...

State: Some health systems ignoring vaccine rollout guidance

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some hospital systems around Minnesota are flouting state and federal guidance on the hierarchy for receiving the coronavirus vaccine, according to health officials. The Minnesota Department of Health has deputized large health systems to distribute the vaccine as part of ...

Woman injured by police during Floyd unrest settles lawsuit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Minneapolis has settled the first lawsuit by a demonstrator injured by a police projectile in violent protests that followed the death of George Floyd. Graciela Cisneros, 22, will receive a payment of $57,900 for injuries to her face when a police officer fired ...

Minnesota Democrats, unions announce meatpacking safety bill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota House Democrats teamed up with meatpacking workers on Wednesday to announce legislation that would protect individuals who work at statewide meatpacking and food processing plants amid the coronavirus pandemic. The bill, authored by Rep. Dan Wolgamott, of St. ...

Judge: Floyd’s past arrest details can’t be used at trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Information about George Floyd's prior arrests can't be used at the trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in his death, but jurors will be allowed to hear details about two previous incidents involving the officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck, a judge ...

Walz proposes tax hikes on the rich to balance state budget

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz proposed raising taxes on the wealthiest Minnesotans and large companies Tuesday to help plug a projected $1.28 billion gap in the next two-year budget, while calling for more spending on education and on helping the state recover from the coronavirus ...

Minnesota lawmakers to reintroduce sports betting bill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two lawmakers announced plans Tuesday to introduce legislation that would put Minnesota among 25 other states and Washington, D.C., in legalizing sports betting, hoping to change their luck after attempts in past years failed to gain support. The legislation, sponsored by ...

Levi’s first home collection deepens Target relationship

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co. is deepening its partnership with Target Corp. by launching its first-ever home collection at the discount chain. Levi's limited time only 100-item collection of denim-inspired tableware, quilts, pillows and other items will be launched on ...

Minnesota tweaks vaccination efforts amid questions of pace

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz announced a series of changes to vaccine distribution efforts on Monday after questions of the state's pace and heavy demand for a community vaccination program last week crashed a website and angered many people who could not get through. State officials ...