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Jeorganna Barnes, a worker at Harrah's casino in Atlantic City, N.J., wipes slot machines with disinfectant Wednesday, July 1, 2020, as the casino prepared to reopen after 3 1/2 months of being shut down due to the coronavirus. Five of Atlantic City's casinos will reopen on Thursday, while three others, including Harrah's, will open Friday. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Alaska Airlines secures loans; casinos in NJ reopening

Jul. 2, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ TRANSPORTATION: Alaska Airlines has secured nearly $1.2 billion in...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, right, listens to Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm as she provides an update on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, during a news conference in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (John Autey/Pioneer Press via AP, Pool)

Minnesota health officials back statewide mask mandate

Jul. 2, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Health experts are urging Gov. Tim Walz to require people to wear masks in public statewide amid concerns that the spike in coronavirus cases elsewhere could happen in Minnesota. Governors in California, Kansas and Pennsylvania and several other states that are seeing rising COVID-19...

Children caught up in rolling gun battle at Minneapolis park

Jul. 2, 2020 7:59 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dozens of young children practicing football at a Minneapolis park were spared when bullets began to fly over their heads from a rolling gun battle one shaken mother described in a Facebook post that has been widely viewed. Carrie Heinrich said 50 or so children and a handful of parents...

Members of the Oromo community stop during a protest on University Avenue in St. Paul, Minn., to sing a song by Hachalu Hundessa, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Protesters apparently outraged by the killing of Hachalu Hundessa, a popular singer in Ethiopia, stopped traffic on an interstate during the evening rush hour, before leaving the highway and walking along surface roads. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

Protesters march on I-94 in St. Paul after singer's death

Jul. 2, 2020 6:51 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Protesters apparently outraged by the killing of a popular singer in Ethiopia stopped traffic on Interstate 94 in St. Paul during Wednesday evening’s rush hour. Police blocked the entrance ramps to the freeway shortly before 6:30 p.m. Traffic was stopped as the group moved...

Police arrest man in fatal shooting of woman in St. Paul

Jul. 1, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul police have arrested a 20-year-old man in a fatal shooting during a disturbance in the city's Midway area early Wednesday. Officers were called to the disturbance about 1 a.m. and learned that a woman with an apparent gunshot wound had been brought to Regions Hospital in a...

George Floyd's aunt Angela Harrelson, of Minneapolis, speaks with reporters outside the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility on Monday morning, June 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. A Minnesota judge on Monday warned that he's likely to move the trials of four former police officers charged in Floyd's death out of Minneapolis if public officials, attorneys and family members don't stop speaking out about the case. (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP)

Minneapolis commission to hold 2 hearings on police proposal

Jul. 1, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some members of a commission reviewing a proposal to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department expressed concern Wednesday about the fast-tracked timeline they must follow if the proposed change has any chance of getting on the November ballot. The Minneapolis Charter Commission met...

Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake closed for July

Jul. 1, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Walleye fishing on Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Lake has closed for July. The planned closure took effect Wednesday, in anticipation of a fall walleye season. Officials with the Department of Natural Resources determined closing the popular lake to walleye fishing in July would...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, right, address a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn. as Minnesota's new law mandating that drug makers provide emergency and longer-term insulin supplies to diabetics who can't afford them went into effect. Their 26-year-old son Alec Smith died of diabetic complications in 2017 because he was forced to ration his supply of the drug.(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota governor, insulin activists blast industry lawsuit

Jul. 1, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota officials and insulin activists blasted the pharmaceutical industry Wednesday for suing to overturn a new state law mandating that drug makers provide emergency and longer-term insulin supplies to diabetics who can’t afford them. The Pharmaceutical Research and...

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...

Minnesota woman sentenced to 4 years in ginseng scam

Jul. 1, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman has been sentenced to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty in an elaborate ginseng farm fraud scheme, prosecutors said Wednesday. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Mai Vang, 51, of Brooklyn Center pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft-by-swindle...