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Police Chief Medaria Arradondo speaks during a press conference to announce the Justice Department has put $3 million toward the creation of a national center to help law enforcement agencies prevent the use of excessive force at the Federal Courthouse, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Minneapolis. Chief Arradondo says he's grateful for the offer and hopes city leaders will take advantage of it. (Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP)

DOJ announces center to help cops, offers aid to Minneapolis

Oct. 20, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it has put $3 million toward the creation of a national center that will provide training and assistance to help law enforcement agencies prevent the use of excessive force, and officials expressed hope that Minneapolis would be the...

Minneapolis police deputy demoted over 'white boys' comment

Oct. 20, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A high-ranking deputy to the Minneapolis' police chief said he was demoted after he was quoted in a newspaper story referring to white officers as “white boys,” which led to a backlash within the department. Art Knight, who is Black and who was Police Chief Medaria...

Lawsuit: City, county officials violated rights of homeless

Oct. 20, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A lawsuit accuses officials in Minneapolis and Hennepin County of violating the civil rights of people in homeless encampments when they conducted sweeps that displaced them and put their health at risk. The federal complaint filed Monday by American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Tina Smith speaks in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien,File)

Sen. Tina Smith tests negative after skipping Warren event

Oct. 19, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith skipped a campaign event with Sen. Elizabeth Warren over the weekend after learning that a person who attended one of her events eight days earlier had tested positive for the coronavirus. “I’m getting tested & I am quarantining until I...

Suburban voters hold key to control of Minnesota Senate

Oct. 19, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In an election that will determine political control of the Minnesota Legislature, Democrats have high hopes for flipping the Republican-controlled state Senate in November. While Democrats are expected to keep a comfortable majority in the House, Republicans have a narrow 35-32...

Longtime Minnesota sports columnist Sid Hartman dies at 100

Oct. 18, 2020 10:44 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota sports columnist and radio personality Sid Hartman, an old-school home team booster who once ran the NBA’s Minneapolis Lakers and achieved nearly as much celebrity as some of the athletes he covered, died Sunday. He was 100. Hartman, whose first newspaper column was...

Minnesota reports more than 1,700 new virus cases, 17 deaths

Oct. 18, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health on Sunday reported 1,732 new cases of the coronavirus and 17 deaths in the last day. That update shows the total number of cases in Minnesota at 122,812, including more than 32,200 in Hennepin County. There have been 2,234 deaths since the pandemic...

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis addresses supporters in Stillwater, Minn., on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at a get out the vote rally on the banks of the St. Croix River. Lewis, a one-term former congressman and former talk radio host, is challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Lewis' hopes for Senate upset may turn on Trump's fate

Oct. 18, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — Jason Lewis' strategy for knocking off Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith has been clear for over a year: For better or worse, the former congressman is all in for President Donald Trump. Lewis, a one-term former congressman best known from his days as a conservative talk radio host...

What drove protesters in May unrest over George Floyd?

Oct. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Before facing federal arson charges, the only other time McKenzy Ann DeGidio Dunn could recall appearing before a judge was three years ago, when she was legally adopted by a rural Pope County, Minnesota family at the age of 16. Her biological mother had died of brain cancer when she...

FILE - This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows from left, former Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Prosecutors have offered additional explanation about why they believe longer sentences should be given if the four former Minneapolis police officers are convicted in the death of George Floyd. In a court filing Monday, Oct. 12 in Hennepin County, prosecutors said the position of trust the officers held and Floyd's vulnerability are two reasons why the men, if convicted, should receive longer sentences than guidelines recommend.  (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Judge rejects request to delay access to Floyd case filings

Oct. 15, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge on Thursday rejected prosecutors' request to put a 48-hour hold on filings in the criminal cases of four Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill said a natural lag in the court filing system gives prosecutors...