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Minneapolis voters weigh police fate after George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Voters in Minneapolis decide to replace the city’s police department with a new Department of Public Safety. The election comes more than a year after the death of George Floyd started a movement to fund or abolish police across the country. Mayor Jacob Frey is also in a fierce fight for a second term. He faces a host of opponents who attacked his leadership after Floyd’s death. The results of the ballot question are expected Tuesday evening. But the mayoral race is a question mark because Minneapolis uses ranked choice voting. If no candidate achieves 50% in the first round of recounting, the winner would be determined on Wednesday.


Media pleads for access to ex-cop Potter’s trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – News organizations are launching a new plea to the judge overseeing the case of a former Minnesota police officer accused of the death of Daunte Wright. They are asking him to allow live video coverage of the trial of former Brooklyn Center agent Kim Potter due to the continuing threat of COVID-19 and the strong public interest. Judge Regina Chu has banned live broadcasts of the trial, which begins November 30. But a media coalition has asked the judge to reconsider his decision. They say COVID cases have increased. And they say the resulting limitations will apparently mean complete exclusion of the public and all members of the media except a few.


Voting access for people with disabilities is generally good in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) – Those who monitor voting access for people with disabilities say Minnesota generally does a good job on the issue, but the state is not without challenges. Minnesota Council on Disability ADA director David Fenley said that although barriers persist, Minnesota provides good general access to voters with different disabilities. Polling stations are equipped with a voting machine accessible to people with visual impairments, with many counties using an electronic marker called AutoMARK. The website of a new Minnesota-based organization, Able to Vote, connects staff with people who need help finding transportation to polling stations, developing a voting plan, or report an accessibility barrier.


October survey shows growth, but little confidence in economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new monthly survey of business leaders in nine Midwestern and Plains states shows significant increases in employment and inventories since September, but confidence in the economy over the next six months has remained at a dismal level. The Creighton University North America Global Trading Conditions Index for October released on Monday rose to 65.2 from 61.6 in September. Any score above 50 on the survey indices suggests growth. But the survey’s business confidence index, which forecasts six months, has not budged from the 37 recorded in September. The monthly survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.


Plan to replace Minneapolis PD worries many black residents

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A proposal to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new public safety unit is presented to city voters this week. The idea for Tuesday’s poll has its roots in the abolish police movement that erupted after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis cop last year. He enjoys strong support from young black activists energized by Floyd’s death, as well as some black and white residents of this liberal city. But the plan, which would remove the city’s requirement to have a minimum number of police officers, has raised concerns in some of the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods, where many black residents fear it will make them more vulnerable as will crime. violent increase.


2 convicted of stealing $ 777,000 from a drug addiction center

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Two employees of a Native American addiction and counseling center, including its executive director, have been convicted of embezzling more than $ 777,000 in federal funds. Federal officials in Wisconsin said Fredericka DeCoteau, of Cloquet, Minnesota, was sentenced to 2 years in prison on Friday. Edith Schmuck, of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 1 year and 1 day in jail. A judge ordered DeCoteau and Schmuck to jointly support the restitution of $ 777,283. DeCoteau and Schmuck worked at Ain Dah Ing, a nonprofit halfway house in Spooner, Wisconsin. DeCoteau was the executive director and Schmuck was the accountant. The center provides mental health, alcohol and drug addiction services to Native Americans from the tribes of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.


Canada lynx to maintain species protection in legal agreement

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – U.S. wildlife officials have agreed to keep species protection in place for the Canada lynx. A federal judge in Montana on Monday approved a settlement between the US Department of the Interior and environmentalists who had filed a lawsuit to retain protections for snow-loving feral cats. The lynx has been listed as an endangered species since 2000. During the Trump administration, officials said the lynx recovered after their numbers rebounded in some areas. But some scientists and wildlife advocates warn that climate change could reverse these advances by reducing lynx habitat and the availability of a key food source – the snowshoe hare. A new lynx recovery plan is expected by 2024.


Prosecutors begin second round to plead Rodriguez’s death penalty

FARGO, ND (AP) – Prosecutors in North Dakota’s first and only death penalty case say defense attorneys are wrong in saying judge did not go far enough to explain why he overturned the conviction of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. Rodriguez was convicted of murdering Dru Sjodin, a student at the University of North Dakota. Judge Ralph Erickson ordered in September that a new phase of sentencing be conducted, saying his defense team had failed to consider key factors. Defense attorneys filed a motion arguing that the judge left out Rodriguez’s intellectual disability as one of those factors. In a response filed Friday, prosecutors said Rodriguez’s lawyers “fail to establish the existence of manifest error or newly discovered evidence” and “cannot meet the very high standard to justify a modification or amendment “.

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