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Minnesota lawmakers aim to strengthen sexual assault laws

Apr. 07, 2021 21:36 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers are calling for swift passage of legislation that would update the state's criminal sexual conduct code after a loophole in the law's current language led to the reversal of a rape conviction last month. The...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Apr. 07, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

Minnesota Star Tribune. April 4, 2021. Editorial: Emergency powers strengthened Minnesota Resolve differences with good-faith negotiations, not Wisconsin-style court fights. Last week the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down a...

Minnesota hospitalizations climb as virus cases trend upward

Apr. 06, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Tuesday reported nearly 500 Minnesotans are hospitalized due to the coronavirus as case numbers continue to rise despite the state's vaccination campaign. The Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday reported 3,014 new...

Minnesota House Democrats unveil package of budget bills

Apr. 05, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota House Democrats unveiled legislation on Monday that calls for more spending on education and recovery for those most affected by the pandemic while increasing taxes on wealthy residents and large companies. The package of bills follows the...

Minnesota to host FEMA vaccination site at state fairgrounds

Apr. 05, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz and the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced plans for a mass vaccination site at the state fairgrounds in St. Paul next week that will have the capacity to vaccinate 100,000 Minnesotans against the coronavirus over eight weeks. ...

EXPLAINER: Legion of Chauvin prosecutors, each with own role

Apr. 04, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

Viewers watching the trial of a former Minneapolis officer charged with murder in George Floyd 's death may be struck by the array of prosecutors taking turns presenting their case. The choice of who does what is no accident. While Derek Chauvin ’s attorney, Eric...

Minnesota reports record daily vaccines, over 2,000 cases

Apr. 03, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota reported over 2,000 virus cases in a single day on Saturday for the first time since January, while also reporting a daily record for vaccines administered. Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has increased...

Woman sues former corrections officer for sexual assault

Apr. 03, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman has filed a lawsuit against the Minnesota Department of Corrections and a former corrections officer for allegedly sexually assaulting her while he was transporting her as an inmate. The former corrections officer, Randy A. Beehler, was also...

Lawsuit over correction's handling of COVID-19 will proceed

Apr. 02, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Ramsey County judge has ruled a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota can proceed against the Minnesota Department of Corrections over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Judge Sara Grewing ruled this week that all...

Minnesota Supreme Court rejects appeal in snowmobile death

Mar. 31, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed the conviction in the case of a snowmobiler sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for crashing into an 8-year-old boy on Chisago Lake and killing him. Eric Coleman, of Chisago City, was sentenced...