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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 ...

More than 10% of Minnesotans have had a virus vaccination

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More than 10% of Minnesotans have now gotten shots to guard against the coronavirus, but state health officials say the spread of a more contagious version of the pandemic makes it important to avoid spring break travel. Dr. Ruth Lynfield, the state epidemiologist, pointed ...

EXPLAINER: Why battle over a murder charge in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jury selection in the trial of a former Minneapolis officer accused in the death of George Floyd was put on hold Monday while an appeals court considers whether to reinstate a third-degree murder charge against him. Derek Chauvin is already facing a second-degree ...

Jury selection paused for ex-cop charged in Floyd’s death

By AMY FORLITI and STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jury selection for a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death was halted before it began Monday by the state's effort to add a third-degree murder charge. As hundreds of protesters rallied ...

Fiery chants for justice from marchers at Chauvin trial

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered Monday outside the fortified courthouse for the first day of the trial of a former police officer charged in George Floyd's death, with chants of "No justice, no peace!" and speakers ...