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Kobe Bryant, daughter perish in copter crash, 7 others dead

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on a remote, steep hillside in Southern California on Sunday, his sudden death at age 41 touching off an outpouring of grief for a star whose celebrity transcended basketball. The chopper went down in Calabasas, about 30 miles (48 kilometers)…

Minnesota Reports First Child Death of Flu Season

The Health Department Says Influenza Continues to be Widespread Across Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials are reporting the first child death of the flu season. According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s weekly influenza and respiratory illness report, a total of 31 people in the state have died of the flu so far this season. The number of people hospitalized due to the flu has topped 1,200 this…

Watch Live: Dems’ Impeachment Challenge: Making a Case With No New Facts

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Democrats prosecuting President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial are heading into the second day of arguments facing a big challenge. They’re trying to win over not just fidgety senators but an American public deeply divided by the Republican president’s actions. Prosecutors are relying on the same loops of videotaped testimony after Trump’s allies in the Republican-controlled Senate…

Cross: UW Regents Will Seek Tuition Increase in Next Budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross says regents are planning to ask legislators to increase tuition in the next state budget. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Cross told the state Senate’s universities committee Wednesday that the regent’s biennial budget request will include a tuition increase roughly in keeping with inflation. Republicans have kept tuition…

Rules Set, Senate to Hear Case for Pulling Trump From Office

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Tune in right now to Fox 21’s Facebook page to watch the impeachment trial live. WASHINGTON-The U.S. Senate is poised to hear opening arguments  in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Democratic House managers are set to make their case that Trump abused power and should be removed from office. Trump himself said on Wednesday he wants top aides to testify, but…

Audit Finds More Violations at Department of Human Services

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – An internal audit has found several violations of laws to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in a Department of Human Services division responsible for a string of improper payments. The department’s behavioral health division was responsible for $29 million in overpayments to two American Indian bands and $70 million in improper payments to chemical dependency…

US Gets First Case of Mysterious New Chinese Illness

The 30-Year-Old Man is in Good Condition at a Hospital is Everett

SEATTLE (AP) – The U.S. has its first case of a new virus that was found only last month in China, and health officials say they expect to see more around the world in the coming days. A U.S. resident who recently returned from a trip to central China has been diagnosed with the new virus. Health officials said Tuesday…

Vikings Pick up 5 Additions to Pro Bowl, Including Cousins

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have five additions to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, giving them eight players in the all-star game for their highest total in 10 years. The team announced Tuesday that quarterback Kirk Cousins, defensive end Everson Griffen, fullback C.J. Ham, linebacker Eric Kendricks, and cornerback Xavier Rhodes were picked as replacements. Running back Dalvin…

Longtime Democratic State Senator Won’t Seek Re-Election

He Has Served in the Senate Since 2001

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Another longtime Democratic Wisconsin state senator says he won’t seek re-election this fall. Mark Miller of Monona announced on the Senate floor Tuesday that he won’t run again this November. Miller is a former fighter pilot who has served in the Senate since 2004. He told his colleagues Tuesday that a winner-take-all culture has come to…

Senate to Vote on Funding for UW Missing Soldiers Project

(courtesy: www.biotech.wisc.edu) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Senate is set to vote on a bill that would allow the University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers to request hundreds of thousands of dollars to recover missing Wisconsin soldiers’ remains. The bill would allow the UW-Madison Missing-In-Action Recovery and Identification Project to ask the state to release $360,000 over the next two fiscal…

Wisconsin Senate to Legalize Taking Selfies With Ballot

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin voters could legally take selfies with their marked election ballots under a proposal up for approval in the state Senate. Supporters of the measure call the current ban archaic, especially in an era in which voters are increasingly posting pictures of themselves with their marked ballots on social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. But…

Trump Impeachment Trial to Begin With Rules Fight, Long Days

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is set to unfold at the Capitol. On the eve of the trial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed a condensed, two-day calendar for each side’s opening arguments. The rules package will be one of the first orders of business when senators convene about midday Tuesday. Trump’s lawyers are seeking swift acquittal….

Prince Wrongful Death Case Dismissed; Estate Case Continues

(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota court records show a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Prince’s family members has been quietly dismissed in recent months against all defendants. Though the dismissal of one defendant is being appealed, the rest were dismissed by agreement, which experts say could indicate settlements. Meanwhile, efforts to determine the value of Prince’s estate…

Minnesota Teen Found Unresponsive After Fall From Park Cliff

TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials say a teenager was found unresponsive after falling off a 30-foot cliff at a state park north of the Twin Cities. The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office says deputies navigated the “extreme terrain” to reach 19-year-old Luke Zajac from Marine on St. Croix at Interstate State Park in Taylors Falls Sunday afternoon. Deputies used…

Former Minnesota Probation Officer Accused of Luring Slain Real Estate Agent to Her Death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman who had worked as a probation officer is accused of luring a real estate agent to a Minnesota house before the agent was kidnapped and killed on New Year’s Eve, prosecutors alleged Friday. Elsa Segura, 28, of Fridley, was charged Friday in Hennepin County court with one count of kidnapping. Segura is accused of luring…

Hearing Puts Agency Under Scrutiny Over PolyMet Mine Permit

(AP Photo/Jim Mone, File) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Legal challenges to the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine enter a new phase this week. A Minnesota judge will open a fact-finding hearing Tuesday into allegations that state regulators improperly tried to suppress serious concerns by federal regulators about the project’s risks. The judge will then prepare findings that the Minnesota Court of Appeals…

Regulators OK Natural Gas Power Plant in Northern Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – State regulators have approved plans for a $700 million power plant in far northwestern Wisconsin. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the state Public Service Commission voted 2-1 on Thursday to approve a permit for Dairyland Power Cooperative to build the plant in Superior. The Nemadji Trail Energy Center will produce 625 megawatts of power using…

Student Shot During Attack on School Officer to Face Trial

OSHKOSH, Wis. – A Wisconsin teenager shot and wounded during an attack on a school resource officer has been ordered to stand trial. Seventeen-year-old Grant Fuhrman is charged as an adult with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the Dec. 3 attack at Oshkosh West High School. Resource Officer Mike Wissink was stabbed multiple times with a barbecue fork and fired…

Minnesota Opens Early Voting in March 3 Presidential Primary

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota voters became some of the first in the country to cast ballots in the presidential primaries as polls opened for the state’s Super Tuesday contest. Eligible voters can now vote at county courthouses across the state, and early voting stations in some cities and they can also request absentee ballots for the March 3 primary. But…

Chief Justice Arrives at Capitol for Impeachment Trial

The Full Trial Will Begin Next Week

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Chief justice of the United States has arrived at the U.S. Senate to preside over President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. He will be swearing in the senators with an oath to ensure “impartial justice” as jurors for only the third such proceeding in U.S. history. Earlier, Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, stood…

Parents Sue After Bemidji Students Sexually Exploited

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The parents of two students are suing the Bemidji school district, alleging it was negligent in allowing a former assistant principal to sexually exploit their children. Brandon Bjerknes, who was arrested in 2017, is serving a federal prison sentence for producing child pornography and coercing minors into sexual contact. A lawsuit by the parents of two of…

PolyMet Will Appeal Permit Ruling to Minnesota Supreme Court

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – PolyMet Mining Inc. will ask the Minnesota Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that canceled three permits needed for its proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. PolyMet President and CEO Jon Cherry says Monday’s decision from the Court of Appeals has far-reaching impacts for Minnesota and any future project that depends on state permits. The…

McCollum Proposes Permanent Mining Ban Near Boundary Waters

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Copper-nickel mining would be permanently banned upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness under a bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum. The Minnesota Democrat said at a news conference in Washington that the bill would protect over 234,000 acres within the Superior National Forest outside the Boundary Waters from copper-nickel mining. The land includes the…

House Sending Trump Impeachment to Senate, Trial to Follow

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has voted to send two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate. Delivery is set for a dramatic late-afternoon procession across the U.S. Capitol for only the third such trial in American history. Trump complained anew of a “hoax,” even as new details emerged about his political efforts in Ukraine. The move…

Soo Locks Closed for Maintenance Until Spring

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – The U-S Army Corps of Engineers says the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan are now closed to navigation until March 25th. The Corps uses this downtime for critical maintenance of the lock structures. The last vessel through the locks early Wednesday morning was the Burns Harbor, a thousand footer that is on its…

New Childcare Facility to Open in Downtown Duluth This Spring

The New Facility Plans to Open in May 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – A new childcare facility plans to open this spring in downtown Duluth. According to a recent press release, Mesabi Preschool Academy plans to open a second facility in the Wieland Building located at 26 East Superior Street in May. Mesabi Preschool Academy is currently located in Proctor and provides childcare to 70 children ages two through fifth…

Wisconsin Choice Schools Win Lawsuit Over Virtual Learning

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A judge has ruled that Wisconsin’s education department is illegally treating private choice schools differently to public schools by not allowing them to count online classes toward instructional time. The ruling on Tuesday from Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren is a win for School Choice Wisconsin Action. The group includes private schools in the state’s…

Pelosi Names Schiff, Nadler as Prosecutors for Trump Trial

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced the House prosecutors for the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. They include Democrats Adam Schiff of California and Jerrold Nadler of New York, who led the House impeachment probe. Pelosi made the announcement Wednesday morning, hours before the House was expected to vote to send the articles of impeachment…

Fake Law Officer Stopping Drivers in Northwestern Minnesota

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) – Authorities are warning motorists about a phony law enforcement officer who is stopping drivers in northwestern Minnesota. At least two incidents have been reported, in Clay and Becker counties. One driver reported being stopped in Hitterdal by a man who asked to see a driver’s license and then told the driver to slow down. A similar…

Wisconsin Appeals Court Puts Voter Rolls Purge on Hold

(Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court on Tuesday put on hold an order to immediately remove up to 209,000 names from the state’s voter registration rolls. The appeals court sided with the bipartisan state elections commission in putting the brakes on removing any voters while the court fight continues. It also put on…

Trump’s Milwaukee Rally Kicks off Election Year in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Some supporters of President Donald Trump lined up starting Monday night to make sure they would have a spot inside the Milwaukee arena where he hosts a rally Tuesday evening. Trump is making his first 2020 appearance in a state that’s a critical battleground in the race. He’s also counter-programming the Democratic presidential hopefuls’ debate in neighboring…

Queen Agrees To Let Harry, Meghan Move Part-Time to Canada

SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) – Queen Elizabeth II has agreed to grant Prince Harry and his wife Meghan their wish for a more independent life, allowing them to move part-time to Canada while remaining firmly in the House of Windsor. The British monarch said in a statement Monday that the summit of senior royals on Monday was “constructive,” and that it…

Hinch, Luhnow Fired for Astros’ Sign Stealing

(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File) HOUSTON (AP) – Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow have been fired after the pair were suspended by Major League Baseball for the team’s sign-stealing during the Astros’ run to the 2017 World Series title and during the 2018 season. Commissioner Rob Manfred strongly hinted that current Boston manager Alex Cora – the…

Minnesota Court Rejects Two Major Permits for PolyMet Mine

(AP Photo/Jim Mone, File) ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Court of Appeals has rejected some of the most important permits for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota in a major victory for environmentalists. The court ruled Monday the state Department of Natural Resources erred when it declined to order a trial-like proceeding known as a “contested…

Train Cars Derail in Dunn County

(courtesy: Fox 9) MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) – Officials say a train derailment in western Wisconsin has closed roads in the area. The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office says the Union Pacific train was traveling east of the village of Knapp when some cars jumped the track Sunday. No one was hurt and no hazardous materials spilled. The Menomonie Fire Department says…

Ex-Prisoners Who Can Vote Sought for Wisconsin 2020 Election

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Community activists believe there are thousands of former prisoners across Wisconsin who have the right to vote but don’t know it. They say those people could be a factor next year in a state known for deciding elections by the narrowest of margins. So a statewide group of former prisoners is fanning out across Wisconsin in an…

Walz Proposes $300 Million in Borrowing for Water Projects

(Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP) ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota should borrow $300 million to replace aging infrastructure and upgrade treatment facilities to protect its water supplies, Gov. Tim Walz proposed Friday as he announced the second of four installments of his public works borrowing package for the 2020 session. Walz told reporters the water quality package in his…

Superior Shores Resort Sold for $15 Million

TWO HARBORS, Minn. (AP) – A large resort on Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior has been sold for $15 million. The sale of Superior Shores Resort near Two Harbors to North Shore Resort Company continues a trend of major hospitality transactions along with the popular vacation destination. North Shore Resorts is a family-owned company led by Bryce Campbell and…

US Announces New Sanctions on Iran After Missile Strikes

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration on Friday announced a new wave of sanctions on Iran following this week’s missile strikes by the Islamic Republic on U.S. bases in Iraq. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the new sanctions will target eight senior Iranian officials involved in “destabilizing” activities in the Middle…

Woman Killed in Maple Grove House Fire

Officials Say The Woman Lived Alone

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) – Police say a homeowner has died in a house fire in Maple Grove. Authorities say flames were shooting out of the house when firefighters arrived about 7 p.m. Thursday. Officials say the fire was too intense for firefighters to enter the house. They later found the victim dead inside. She was a woman in her…

House Approves Measure to Restrain Trump’s Actions on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) – Reigniting a constitutional debate over war powers, the Democratic-controlled House has approved a resolution asserting that President Donald Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran. The war powers resolution is not binding on Trump and would not require his signature. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi nonetheless insists it “has real…

Minnesota High Court Allows Trump-Only GOP Primary Ballot

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected a Republican candidate’s attempt to join President Donald Trump on the state’s primary election ballot. The Republican Party of Minnesota is listing only Trump on its ballot. That drew a lawsuit from Lake Elmo voter James Martin and Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, a businessman and frequent candidate who’s challenging Trump…

Walz Proposes $276 Million for Affordable Housing Projects

(AP Photo/Jim Mone) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz has proposed that the state borrow $276 million to invest in safe and affordable housing projects across Minnesota. He made the announcement Thursday at a new apartment building in south Minneapolis that was financed with state bonds. It was the first of four presentations that the Democratic governor has planned over…