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Video of the rioting, looting and arson is shown to lawmakers Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn. during a hearing on the unrest that rocked the state after the death of George Floyd who died in police custody. The hearing focused on the damage and destruction of businesses. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota Senate GOP spotlights damage after Floyd's death

Jul. 1, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate opened hearings Wednesday on the unrest that rocked the state after the death of George Floyd, focusing on the destruction rather than the underlying issues of racism and policing on which Democrats have concentrated. The hearings will help...

People demonstrate at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. on Friday, June 19, 2020, to mark Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure all enslaved people be freed, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. 
(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota lawmakers fail to reach deal on revamping policing

Jun. 20, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota legislative leaders traded barbs Saturday after a special session collapsed with no deal on revamping policing following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a session that one group called “a train wreck.” The two sides may be back at it in another special...

FILE - In this March 28, 2011, file photo, a larger-than-life bronze statue of Patrick A. McCarran of Nevada, left, stands near the entrance to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democratic members of Nevada's congressional delegation are renewing a proposal to remove a statute of a former Nevada Sen. McCarran from the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall, saying that he left a “legacy of racism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The Latest: Nevada officials seek removal of McCarran statue

Jun. 20, 2020 12:30 AM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Nevada officials renew proposal to remove statue of McCarran. — Sharpton takes on Trump for ‘lowlifes’ tweet. — Protesters in North Carolina pull down parts of Confederate monument. — Legend, Union among Black cultural leaders to sign letter to fight...

People demonstrate at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. on Friday, June 19, 2020, to mark Juneteenth. Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure all enslaved people be freed, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Police accountability bills stall in Minnesota Legislature

Jun. 19, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A special session of the Minnesota Legislature appeared to be in a stalemate Friday with both parties deeply divided on how far lawmakers should go toward remaking policing in the state where George Floyd was killed. The Democratic-controlled House early Friday passed an extensive...

People demonstrate at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. on Friday, June 19, 2020, to mark Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure all enslaved people be freed, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. 
(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota activists hold Juneteenth rally for reparations

Jun. 19, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's Black Lives Matter chapter took to the state Capitol on Friday to mark Juneteenth with a demand for reparations and real police reform in a continued push for racial justice following the death of George Floyd. Juneteenth, the traditional commemoration date of the...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, center, takes a walking tour of some of the artworks commissioned by Springboard for the Arts along University Avenue in St. Paul, Minn., Monday, June 8, 2020. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)

Minnesota Democrats press GOP for sweeping policing changes

Jun. 18, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has challenged Republican lawmakers to approve a Democratic-backed package of police accountability bills crafted following George Floyd's death so he can have the “poetic justice” of signing them Friday to celebrate Juneteenth, which marks the end of slavery...

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, right, confers with Assistant Majority Leader Warren Limmer before the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate began debate, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn., on a package of police accountability measures in response to the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota Senate debates GOP police accountability proposals

Jun. 16, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate on Tuesday debated a package of police accountability measures drawn up following the death of George Floyd, but with a more extensive set of bills advancing in the Democrat-dominated House critics warned the Senate proposals don't go far...

Albuquerque police detain members of the New Mexico Civil Guard, an armed civilian group, following the shooting of a man during a protest over a statue of Spanish conquerer Juan de Oñate on Monday, June 15, 2020, in Albuquerque, N.M. A confrontation erupted between protesters and a group of armed men who were trying to protect the statue before protesters wrapped a chain around it and began tugging on it while chanting: “Tear it down.” One protester repeatedly swung a pickax at the base of the statue. Moments later a few gunshots could be heard down the street and people started yelling that someone had been shot. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

The Latest: Man shot during protest over New Mexico statue

Jun. 16, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Man shot as protesters in New Mexico try to tear down statue. — Black Lives Matter banner removed from U.S. Embassy in South Korea. — Seattle City Council votes unanimously to bar police from using tear gas and pepper spray. — NYPD closes plainclothes anti-crime...

Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman, of Brooklyn Park calls for members to stand in silence and bow their heads for 8 Minutes and 46 seconds in honor of George Floyd Friday, June 12, 2020, as the Minnesota State Legislature met in a special session. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Minnesota lawmakers unveil $300M plan to rebuild from unrest

Jun. 15, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democrats who control the Minnesota House announced a $300 million economic aid proposal Monday for businesses that were damaged or destroyed during the civil unrest over the death of George Floyd. The legislation is aimed at commercial corridors in lower income neighborhoods that were...

Protesters demanding change in the wake of the death of George Floyd hold a media briefing outside the Minnesota State Capitol, Friday, June 12, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn., where a special session of the legislature was about to begin. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota Senate GOP to block most policing overhaul plans

Jun. 12, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Key Republican lawmakers in Minnesota said Friday that they’ll block most of the ambitious changes Democrats want to make to policing in the state where George Floyd died, and that they plan to approve only a limited set of police accountability measures. Senate Majority Leader...