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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Some opponents of the proposed amendment to require Minnesota voters to show a photo ID at the polls are angry at the Minnesota DFL Party. They say the party is not putting enough resources into defeating the amendment. Phyllis Hill, a lead organizer with the Twin Cities faith-based group ISAIAH, tells Minnesota Public Radio the requirement would be a setback for civil rights. She says she's disappointed the DFL hasn't done more to help.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser is again asking a judge to release her from prison during her appeal on vehicular homicide. Amy Senser appeared in Hennepin County District Court Monday where Judge Daniel Mabley said he would rule later this week on whether to grant her release. Senser received a new hearing because the judge who initially denied her request did not explain his decision.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man charged with violating the state’s restrictions on raw milk sales was acquitted Thursday in what he and his supporters called a victory for consumer freedom. Alvin Schlangen, an organic egg producer from central Minnesota, was charged with three misdemeanor counts of distributing unpasteurized milk, operating without a food handler’s license and handling adulterated food. Minnesota law prohibits raw milk sales except directly to consumers on the farm when it’s produced.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The number of people killed while riding motorcycles in Minnesota has risen significantly this year. Forty-seven motorcyclists have died in 2012, including five people in the past seven days. Most recently, a motorcyclist died after he hit a slow-moving farm tractor between Sauk Rapids and Rice Wednesday. The number of fatalities this year has surpassed 42 deaths in all of last year.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A settlement in a lawsuit filed by the parents of a boy who was bullied is ratified by the Rochester School Board. The school district will pay $87,500 to Judd and Deanna Grafe, whose son was repeatedly bullied in the locker room at Willow Creek Middle School by another boy. During one incident, the Grafes' son suffered a concussion and damage to a cochlear implant that had to be surgically replaced. The attacker was convicted of fifth-degree assault in Olmsted County juvenile court.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour took off Friday morning on a sightseeing tour of California, the last aerial hurrah before retiring to a Los Angeles museum. Hitching a ride on top of a jumbo jet, the pair departed Edwards Air Force Base, 100 miles north of Los Angeles, circling the high desert that gave birth to the shuttle fleet before flying north toward Sacramento.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Protests over an anti-Muslim film turned violent Friday across Pakistan, with police firing tear gas and live ammunition at thousands of demonstrators who threw rocks and set fire to buildings. At least 17 people were killed and dozens were injured. Muslims also marched in at least a half-dozen other countries, with some burning American flags and effigies of U.S. President Barack Obama.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — New U.S. Census Bureau figures indicate a steadier economy in Minnesota. The date released Thursday shows no decline in median household income and a poverty rate that remains flat at about 12 percent. State demographer Susan Brower says while many states continued to see declines in income and increases in the poverty rate, Minnesota showed signs of stabilizing in 2011.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has ruled property owners near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport deserve compensation for air traffic noise. The heirs of the 60-acre Kelley Farm in Bloomington sued the Metropolitan Airports Commission after a new runway was opened about a mile from the property. The owners argue the farm, considered a prime development target, lost value because of the air traffic. The Star Tribune says an estimated 450 planes fly directly over the land each day.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Liam Hendriks finally has a win, thanks in part to another productive night for Josh Willingham. Willingham had four hits and four RBIs to help Hendriks and the Twins beat Cleveland 6-4 on Wednesday, dropping the Indians into last place in the AL Central. Hendriks (1-7) allowed two runs and two hits in six effective innings to get the win in his 18th career start. The right-hander was pelted with shaving cream by happy teammates after picking up the elusive win.