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A group of Minnesota State University, Mankato students sit at The 507 in Mankato, Minn., Wednesday, July 8, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. Clockwise from left are Josh Hamond, 21, Jake West, 22, Bailey Higgins, 23, Kara Winters, 21, AJ Wilson, 21, and Elva Colman, 22. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP)

Minnesota urges college students to stay home, avoid bars

Aug. 14, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As students prepare to return to Minnesota's colleges and universities, health officials made a plea Friday for them to stay home and avoid crowded bars, house parties and road trips during what's left of their summer vacation so that they don't bring the coronavirus to campus. "Lay low...

FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey calls on Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman to charge the arresting officer in the death of George Floyd as he speaks during a news conference, at City Hall in Minneapolis. Mayor Frey on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, announced plans to hold open 100 police officer positions next year as part of a hiring freeze to help manage a 2021 budget and as activists are clamoring to shift money away from traditional policing. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP, File)

Minneapolis mayor proposes keeping vacant 100 police jobs

Aug. 14, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Friday announced plans to hold open 100 police officer positions next year as part of a hiring freeze to help manage a 2021 budget and as activists are clamoring to shift money away from traditional policing. Frey said the city projects about 100 officers,...

FILE - This combination of file photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Prosecutors say they may revisit the issue of audio-visual coverage of the trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd.  Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by him and the other Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Kueng, Lane and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Ex-cop's video captures crowd's horror during Floyd arrest

Aug. 14, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Newly released body-camera video from a third officer involved in George Floyd’s arrest captures for the first time the growing horror of onlookers who repeatedly pleaded with the officers to get off Floyd. The video made available Thursday comes from fired Officer Tou Thao, one...

Cop fired for racist Christmas decorations returns to work

Aug. 13, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who was fired for decorating a Christmas tree with racist items has been reinstated through arbitration, a process that makes it difficult to fire officers and has been cited as an obstacle to police reform. The arbitrator ruled that Mark Bohnsack was wrongly...

Walz names Manke new leader of Minnesota National Guard

Aug. 12, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new leader is taking over command of the Minnesota National Guard. Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday announced his appointment of Brig. Gen. Shawn Manke as Minnesota’s next adjutant general. Manke succeeds Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, who recently assumed his new role as director of the...

FILE - This combination of file photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Prosecutors say they may revisit the issue of audio-visual coverage of the trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd.  Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by him and the other Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Kueng, Lane and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Prosecutors want joint trial for 4 ex-cops in Floyd death

Aug. 12, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday asked a judge to try four fired Minneapolis police officers jointly in George Floyd’s death. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a memo arguing that evidence against the four is similar and that a single trial would spare witnesses and family...

Rep. Ilhan Omar, center, D-Minn., talks with Dulce Sanchez, whose family owns Dulceria La Piñata at Mercado Central in Minneapolis, on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, primary day in the state. Omar faces Antone Melton-Meaux in the Democratic primary, (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP)

Omar vows to keep fighting as she savors decisive victory

Aug. 12, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar savored a decisive primary victory Wednesday, saying she plans to use her organization to keep President Donald Trump from carrying Minnesota and to keep fighting for deep structural change in America during her second term in Congress. Omar must still get past another...

Progressives beat Democratic incumbents in legislative races

Aug. 12, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Challengers defeated three incumbent Democratic in Minnesota's primary elections and were leading a fourth as the progressive wing of the party showed its strength. Sen. Erik Simonson of Duluth lost Tuesday night to attorney Jen McEwen, who campaigned against copper-nickel mining and an...

Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar addresses media after lunch at the Mercado Central in Minneapolis Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, primary Election Day in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota’s Omar holds off well-funded primary challenger

Aug. 12, 2020 7:59 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota survived a stiff Democratic primary challenge Tuesday from a well-funded opponent who tried to make an issue of her national celebrity, the latest in a string of victories by a new generation of emboldened progressive lawmakers. Omar, seeking her second term...

FILE - This combination of file photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Prosecutors say they may revisit the issue of audio-visual coverage of the trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd.  Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by him and the other Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Kueng, Lane and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Prosecution rejects rookie argument by ex-cop in Floyd death

Aug. 11, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

Minneapolis (AP) — State prosecutors have rejected an argument by a fired Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death that he was just a rookie overridden by a senior officer at the scene. Prosecutors on Monday opposed the fired officer’s motion to be dismissed from the case....