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Wisconsin Parents of Student Who Died in Rome Sue University

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin couple whose son died in Rome last year is suing the university he planned to attend in Italy, alleging it didn’t warn students about previous deaths near campus. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Nick and Jodi Solomon filed a federal lawsuit against John Cabot University. The lawsuit alleges the American university student was…

Minnesota Unions Approve Contract, Raises for State Workers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Members of Minnesota’s two massive public employee unions have ratified a new, two-year contract for the state’s 30,000-plus workers. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that the contracts for the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees and AFSCME Council 5 call for a 2-percent raise this year and a 2.5-percent raise in 2018. The results of the…

Trump Names Hate Groups, Denouncing Charlottesville Violence

(AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Under relentless pressure, President Donald Trump on Monday named and condemned “repugnant” hate groups and declared that “racism is evil” in a far more forceful statement than he’d made earlier after deadly, race-fueled weekend clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump’s initial failure on Saturday to denounce the groups by name — instead he bemoaned violence on “many…

Minnesota Health Insurers Propose Higher Rates

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota’s four largest small-business health insurers are proposing average premium increases next year. The Star Tribune reports that increases range from 8 to 17 percent. Some insurers say the increases are needed because enrollees are consuming more care while medical costs are rising. The proposed increases could affect about 160,000 people. They’re also rekindling fears that some…

Three Injured in Minneapolis Shooting

Police Say They Havne't Arrested a Suspect

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)  Police say that three men were hospitalized after an early morning shooting in Minneapolis. Authorities say that police responded to the shooting shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday. Officers found three adult men suffering from gunshot wounds when they arrived. The victims were transported by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center. Police say two victims are being treated for…

Man who Drove into Crowd in Custody

Witnesses Say He Drove into Group Protesting Rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP)  A state official said the driver of a car that plowed into a group of marchers in Charlottesville is in police custody. Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran said the driver, a man, has been arrested. Moran did not immediately provide a name of the driver. Witnesses say a car plowed into a crowd of people…

Heavy Rains Damage Mount Vernon

George Washington's Estate Hit by More than 5 1/2 Inches of Rain in an Hour Friday

MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) Heavy rains have caused major damage at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in northern Virginia. Mount Vernon CEO Curt Viebranz said about 100 feet of a brick wall located between Washington’s iconic mansion and the Potomac River fell over after the estate was hit by more than 5 1/2 inches of rain in a single hour…

Milwaukee Police Investigating Fatal Stabbing

Police Say Suspect Has Been Arrested

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee police are investigating the fatal stabbing of a 24-year-old woman. The department says the woman was stabbed on the 1500 block of South 25th Street. Police say a 27-year-old male suspect has been arrested. Authorities say the circumstances of the stabbing are under investigation. Authorities say officials attempted to stabilize the woman, but she died at the…

Salmonella Linked to Shelled Peas at 3 Wisconsin Markets

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin health officials are investigating an outbreak of salmonella linked to shelled peas sold at farmers’ markets. The state Department of Health Services said Friday at least seven cases of salmonella are reported in four Wisconsin counties. Officials say all seven of the patients ate fresh shelled peas purchased at farmers markets. The shelled peas are…

House Conservatives Seeking Fresh Health Care Repeal Vote

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hard-line conservatives began an uphill fight Friday to force a fresh House vote this fall on erasing much of President Barack Obama’s health care law without an immediate replacement, the latest instance of Republican rifts in what’s been a fractious week for the GOP. The effort by the House Freedom Caucus seemed to have no chance of…

Mall of America Celebrates 25th Anniversary

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The biggest mall in the United States is celebrating its 25th anniversary with cupcakes and party hats. The Star Tribune reports that the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, will attempt to set the Guinness World Record, on Friday, for the most people wearing conical birthday hats and the most people simultaneously decorating cupcakes in celebration. The…

State Shows Off Capitol’s $310M Face Lift with Weekend Bash

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – It’s time to party: The Minnesota Capitol is back open. The Capitol has technically been open since January after a massive renovation to the century-old building kept it closed to the public for several years. But construction crews were putting the finishing touches on the building and its grounds until late last month. The formal…

Wisconsin Cranberry Growers Projected to Continue Leading US

(Ocean Spray) WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin cranberry growers are expected to continue leading the nation in cranberry production this fall. Projections released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday say Wisconsin is expected to harvest an estimated 5.6 million barrels of cranberries. That project is part of the approximately 9 million barrels of cranberries expected nationwide. The…

Judge Awards Mother of Philando Castile Entire Settlement

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A judge has ordered that the mother of Philando Castile, a motorist fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer last summer, receive what remains of a $3 million settlement after attorneys are paid. Hennepin County Judge Susan Robiner decided in favor of Valerie Castile on Wednesday. The Star Tribune reports the judge ruled after reviewing letters from…

New Minneapolis Police Chief Voted In

Former Chief Resigned Earlier this Year

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.-A Minneapolis City Council committee has unanimously endorsed the nomination of Acting Chief Medaria Arradondo to become the first African-American police chief in Minnesota’s largest city. The committee heard nearly two hours of public comments Wednesday from a broad cross-section of community members, who overwhelmingly supported Arradondo. But many speakers warned that Arradondo can’t change the department’s culture without…

Farm Production Costs in Wisconsin Hold Steady

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – New figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show production costs for Wisconsin farmers remained steady in 2016. The average Wisconsin farm spent nearly $159,000 on feed, labor, machinery, fuel, and other items last year. That’s just a fraction of 1-percent more than 2015. University of Wisconsin-Extension farm management specialist Kevin Bernhardt tells Wisconsin Public Radio…

Trump Declares Opioid Crisis a ‘National Emergency’

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) – President Donald Trump is officially declaring the opioid crisis a “national emergency.” Trump made the announcement before holding a security briefing Thursday at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. He tells reporters the drug crisis afflicting the nation is a “serious problem the likes of which we have never had” and says he’s drawing up…

In New Threat, Trump Demands NKorea ‘Get Their Act Together’

  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Issuing a new threat to North Korea, President Donald Trump demanded that North Korea “get their act together” or face extraordinary trouble. He said his previous warning of “fire and fury” if Pyongyang threatened the U.S. again might have been too soft. “Maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough,” Trump said on Thursday….

Twin Cities Looking to Regulate Airbnb as Super Bowl Nears

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Officials in the Twin Cities are trying to decide how to best deal with Airbnb short-term home rentals as the Super Bowl approaches. Minnesota Public Radio reports that St. Paul has a proposed regulation that would limit rentals to only accommodating four unrelated adults. It would also require hosts to collect city taxes and become licensed. Some…

Postal Service: More Red Ink, Missed Payments as Mail Slumps

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Postal Service is warning that it will likely default on up to $6.9 billion in payments for future retiree health benefits for the fifth straight year. It is citing a coming cash crunch that could disrupt day-to-day mail delivery. The post office says it expects cash balances to run low by October. Postmaster General Megan…

Wis. DNR Chief: Foxconn Bill Won’t Harm Environment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s top conservation official promised Wednesday that regulatory rollbacks in Gov. Scott Walker’s incentive plan for a giant Foxconn plant won’t harm the state’s environment. Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp, a Walker appointee, told the agency’s board during a meeting in Milwaukee that the plant is a “gift.” Walker’s incentives proposal merely streamlines the…

10-Year-Old Kills Brother while Playing ‘Cops and Robbers’

LOGANVILLE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities in southern Wisconsin say a 10-year-old boy fatally shot his 14-year-old brother while playing “cops and robbers” with a rifle they didn’t think was loaded. The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to a report of a shooting at a home south of Loganville. A statement from the sheriff’s office…

Minnesota Sees Growing Wind Energy Capacity

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – New data from the U.S. Department of Energy shows that Minnesota’s wind energy capacity increased nearly 10 percent last year. The Minnesota Public Radio reports that wind power accounts for nearly 18 percent of the electricity generated in the state. The data shows that Minnesota ranks seventh in the nation for wind energy. Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike…

Trump Warns North Korea of ‘Fire and Fury’ if It Threatens US

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned North Korea it could face “fire and fury” if it threatens the United States, after a new report Tuesday said U.S. intelligence officials believe Pyongyang has successfully produced a nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles. Washington’s alarm over North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s pursuit of a nuclear capability has intensified…

Foxconn Package Would Cost $50 Million in Lost Sales Taxes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – New fiscal estimates show Gov. Scott Walker’s incentives package for electronics giant Foxconn would cost the state and local governments nearly $50 million in lost sales taxes. Walker had introduced a bill that would give Foxconn up to $3 billion in incentives to build a plant in southeastern Wisconsin. According to fiscal estimates from state agencies,…

Trump gets Briefing on Opioid Drug Epidemic

First lady Melania Trump listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on the opioid crisis, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (AP) BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is attending a briefing on the country’s opioid drug epidemic during his break from Washington. The session is being held at Trump’s private…

Dems Seek Federal Payments to Trump Business

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) – As President Donald Trump spends much of August at his New Jersey golf club, Democratic lawmakers are making a new push for information about how much money the federal government is spending at his for-profit properties. Democrats on the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday asked departments to hand over information about their Trump-related spending…

One Challenger Already for Sen. Klobuchar

State Rep. Newberger to Challenge Klobuchar

Jim NewbergerMINNEAPOLIS-State Rep. Jim Newberger is the first Republican to formally announce plans to take on Minnesota’s popular U.S. senator, Amy Klobuchar. Should Newberger win his party’s endorsement at next year’s state convention, the task of beating Klobuchar is a tall one. The Democratic senator beat her last two Republican opponents by double digits. And, she’s already raised nearly $6…

Wisconsin Legislator Announces Run for Governor

Dana WachsMADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Democratic legislator from northwestern Wisconsin says he’ll challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker next year. Rep. Dana Wachs of Eau Claire announced Monday that he’ll enter the race. Two other Democrats – Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik and political newcomer Bob Harlow – have already announced their candidacies. Other Democrats who have registered campaign committees, but…

Back Home, Speaker Ryan Can’t Escape Questions About GOP

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan responds to questions from a Republican voter during an employee town hall meeting on Wed. Aug. 2, 2017, in Mukwonago, Wis. Frustrated Republicans vented their displeasure at Ryan on Wednesday during the town hall meeting at a wire manufacturer in Wisconsin congressman’s district. (AP Photo) MUKWONAGO, Wis. (AP) — With a dysfunctional Congress on recess,…

9-Year-Old Wants to be NASA’s ‘Planetary Protection Officer’

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A 9-year-old New Jersey boy who described himself as a “Guardian of the Galaxy” is hoping to add the real-life NASA title “Planetary Protection Officer” to his resume. NASA received an application for the position from fourth-grader Jack Davis, who asked to apply for the job. In a letter the agency posted online , Jack acknowledged his youth,…

Minnesota Researchers Study the State’s Sex Buyers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Researchers in Minnesota have discovered that most sex buyers in the state are married, white men, with disposable income. Minnesota Public Radio reports that University of Minnesota researchers interviewed more than 150 law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and social service employees for the study. The study found that the men tend to be between 30 and 50 years…

GM Recalling Roughly 800,000 Pickups for Steering Defect

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling roughly 800,000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks worldwide. The company says the vehicles can temporarily lose electric power steering assist, especially during low-speed turns. If that happens, the driver could lose control of the steering wheel. The recall affects trucks from the 2014 model year. Most of the…

New Information Released in Building Collapse

Two People Killed in Collapse

Image from Fox 9MINNEAPOLIS-The private Minneapolis academy where an explosion and partial building collapse killed two people and injured nine others is planning a memorial service for the school custodian who died in the blast. Minnehaha Academy said on its Facebook page that the school will hold a service Sunday at 6 p.m. for John Carlson in the lower and…

Cleanup Begins After 2 Killed in Explosion at Minneapolis School

Two Employees Killed in Blast

Image from Fox 9MINNEAPOLIS-Cleanup work is expected to begin one day after a deadly natural gas explosion and partial building collapse at a Minneapolis school. Fire Chief John Fruetel says a second body was recovered from the rubble at Minnehaha Academy around 8 p.m. Wednesday. Fruetel says the medical examiner’s office was working to notify relatives. The school earlier Wednesday…

Gray Wolves to be Kept on Endangered Species List

There are Now 3,800 Gray Wolves in the Great Lakes Region

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.– A federal appeals court is keeping gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region on the endangered species list. A panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday upheld a district judge’s 2014 ruling that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had acted prematurely by removing federal protections from wolves in Michigan,…

New FBI Director Named

Christopher Wray Has Been Named New FBI Director

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as FBI director. Tuesday’s vote was 92-5 for Christopher Wray. The lawyer is a former high-ranking official in President George W. Bush’s Justice Department who oversaw investigations into corporate fraud. He will replace James Comey, who was fired by Trump in early May amid the investigation into Russia meddling…

Anniversary of Mississippi Bridge Collapse is Today

Ceremonies to be Held in Twin Cities to Honor Victims

MINNEAPOLIS-Ten years ago Tuesday, a bridge on a busy freeway collapsed without warning into the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis during the evening rush hour. The disaster killed 13 people and injured 145. Many leaders saw it as a wake-up call about the country’s deteriorating infrastructure. It changed the bridge industry and helped spur states into catching up on their…

PTSD Patients Can Now Buy Medical Marijuana in Minnesota

The Medical Marijuana Program Launched in 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Minnesota residents suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can start buying medical marijuana. Tuesday brought the latest expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program that launched in July 2015. Patients suffering chronic pain that couldn’t be treated with other means were allowed to use the drug starting last summer, a move that added thousands of customers to the state’s…

Minnesota Trying to Clean Up State’s Water

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Minnesota’s governor is pushing for more improvements to water quality in the state. Minnesota Public Radio reports that 40 percent of the state’s lakes and streams are polluted and many are unsafe for recreational activities. Current cleanup efforts predict water quality improvements of between 6 to 8 percent by 2034. Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed a…

Trump Awards Medal of Honor to Army Medic 48 Years Later

(AP | Alex Brandon) WASHINGTON (AP) — An Army medic who “ran into danger” to save wounded soldiers during a Vietnam War battle despite his own serious wounds on Monday became the first Medal of Honor recipient under President Donald Trump, 48 years after the selfless acts of bravery for which James McCloughan is now nationally recognized. McCloughan mouthed “thank…

I-35 Bridge Collapse Still Reverberates 10 Years Later

(August 5, 2007 | AP) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ten years ago Tuesday, a bridge carrying a busy stretch of freeway collapsed without warning into the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis during the evening rush hour. Many leaders saw the disaster, which killed 13 people and injured 145, as a wake-up call about the country’s deteriorating infrastructure. Here’s a look at…

Woman Found Dead Near Evacuated Senior Center

Victim Believed to Have Been Killed by Robbery Suspect

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) Police in Mendota Heights say a woman was found dead in an office building near where authorities searched an assisted living center for an armed suspect. Police Chief Kelly McCarthy says the woman was found in the Mendota Heights Business Center about 2 p.m. Saturday. Authorities believe she was killed by the man police were looking…

One Dead in Minneapolis Shooting

Police Have not Released Victim's Identity

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minneapolis police say one person has died in a shooting on the city’s north side. Officers responded to a 911 call of the shooting on Plymouth Avenue North on Friday night. Police found a man who had been shot in the head. The victim was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died. The name of the…