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BC-US-JUNETEENTH

June 19 celebrations focus on ending racial disparities

DALLAS (AP) — A year after Juneteenth became a federal holiday in the United States, people came together this weekend for events filled with music, food and fireworks. The celebrations also focused on learning from the past and addressing racial disparities. President Joe Biden signed legislation last year making June 19 the nation’s 12th federal holiday. June 19, 1865 is the day Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to order the freedom of enslaved black people in the state. This was two months after the Confederacy surrendered in the Civil War and about 2½ years after the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery in the Southern states.

ST. PAUL TRENCH COLLAPSE

Two workers die after the collapse of a trench in Saint-Paul

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — Two construction workers died after a trench collapsed on top of them in St. Paul on Friday afternoon and one of their bodies was found about 12 hours later under 9 feet earthen. St. Paul Deputy Fire Chief Roy Mokosso told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that a trench box designed to prevent collapses was next to where three men were working on an underground pipe before the collapse. , but was not used. Mokosso said a third construction site worker tried to help the buried workers, but quickly realized there was little he could do to help. The victims were not immediately identified by authorities.

FRATERNITY-HAZING

Two former members of the Mizzou fraternity charged with hazing incident

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Two former members of a University of Missouri fraternity have been charged over a hazing incident that left another student blind and unable to walk or communicate after drinking a liter of vodka in October. The Columbia Missourian reports that a Boone County grand jury on Friday indicted former Phi Gamma Delta fraternity members Ryan Delanty and Thomas Shultz, both of St. Louis County, in the hazing of 19-year-old Daniel Santulli. of Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Both are charged with criminal hazing and misdemeanors of supplying alcohol to an underage or intoxicated person. Shultz also faces a felony for tampering with physical evidence as part of a felony prosecution.

AP-US-ELECTION-2022-MINNESOTA-GOVERNOR

min. Republican threatens retaliation against medical board

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen has threatened to retaliate against the Minnesota Board of Trustees that oversees doctors as it investigates him for the fifth time. Jensen calls the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice a “juggernaut” he will deal with if elected governor. Jensen, a Chaska family physician, is a COVID-19 vaccine skeptic who has promoted alternative treatments. He said in a video posted to Twitter on Thursday night that he shouldn’t have to practice medicine or run for governor with the cloud of a board inquiry hanging over him. The council consists of 16 people, all appointed by the governor.

TIR-MINNESOTA CLINIC

Judge: Attack that led to life imprisonment “simply unthinkable”

BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) — A judge has imposed a mandatory life sentence on a man who stormed a Minnesota medical clinic, shot and killed one person and injured four others, saying the act was unfathomable. Gregory Ulrich opened fire on February 9, 2021 at the Allina Crossroads Clinic in Buffalo, a city of about 16,400 people, 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis. He was sentenced on Friday. Earlier this month, a jury found Ulrich guilty on all 11 counts, including premeditated first-degree murder for killing Lindsay Overbay, a 37-year-old medical assistant. Four other clinic staff survived but were seriously injured. Wright County District Judge Catherine McPherson said at sentencing that the attack was “simply unthinkable.”

MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE

Unlikely Special Session on Minnesota’s Budget Surplus

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The odds seem dead for a special legislative session that could have brought billions of dollars in tax cuts and new spending to Minnesota. Democratic Gov. Tim Walz told reporters late Thursday that talks with Republican leaders were “at an impasse,” leaving about $7.2 billion of an initial $9.25 billion surplus unspent. About a week before the end of the regular session last month, Walz and key lawmakers announced a deal to use $4 billion to cut taxes, $4 billion to increase spending and save $4 billion. additional. Republican Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller blamed Democrats for the standoff, saying they wanted to spend too much.

DEAD CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY

The group explodes Chimp Haven fights the dead; wild chimpanzees also kill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An animal rights group has filed a federal lawsuit against the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary once used for federal experiments. The group says the shrine’s care is poor. He cites a federal warning and Chimp Haven’s own reports of an escape and deaths caused by chimp fights. The northern Louisiana sanctuary said it acted immediately to change introduction procedures after a female died. It says it has treated more than 500 chimpanzees since it opened in 2005, and five deaths were due to assault. Experts say such deaths occur more frequently in the wild.

HOUSE FLIPPER-FRAUDE

Minneapolis-area house pinball machine pleads guilty to fraud

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman who ran a Minneapolis-area house flipping business has pleaded guilty to defrauding real estate investors of more than $3 million. Suzanne Griffiths is charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. Authorities say she frequently made material misrepresentations about the status of real estate projects, failed to take promised steps, falsified documents and diverted investments for her own use. Griffiths, 46, is said to have recruited investors through seminars from a national real estate investment coaching program. Griffiths now resides in Arizona.

The Associated Press

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