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HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — The attorney for the man accused of killing his three young daughters is asking a court to stop a mental health professional from visiting the defendant in the St. Croix (kroy) County Jail.
WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota state trooper who leads a suspended drug training program has a record of unprofessionalism, according to a report Wednesday. Sgt. Rick Munoz hasn't been implicated in some recent allegations of impropriety within the program. But documents obtained by Minnesota Public Radio ( http://bit.ly/PqpX6d ) show he's been reprimanded for belittling citizens, jailing a motorist for no reason, and humiliating people he was supposed to help.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Voters in Minnesota can log on and take a look at their ballot before election day. The Minnesota Secretary of State's office has launched a new tool on its website called "My Ballot." Voters enter their address and see which candidates or referendum questions will be on their ballot this November. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says it will be an especially useful tool this year because of redistricting. Many people are finding themselves in a new precinct with a new polling place. The site also links to candidates' websites.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources is auctioning rights to prospect and mine for metallic minerals on close to 64,000 acres in northeastern Minnesota. Kathy Lewis, assistant director of the DNR Lands and Minerals division, says the land includes nearly 45,000 acres in Aitkin County, over 14,000 in St. Louis County and more than 4,000 in Lake County.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour began a journey to its new life as a museum piece Wednesday, heading west on the last ferry flight of its kind and leaving behind its NASA home. Bolted to the top of a jumbo jet, NASA's youngest shuttle departed Kennedy Space Center at sunrise Wednesday on the first leg of its flight to California.
PARIS (AP) — A French magazine published vulgar caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad on Wednesday, inflaming global tensions over a movie insulting to Islam and prompting France to step up security at embassies. The move by provocative weekly Charlie Hebdo followed days of violent protests from Asia to Africa against the U.S.-produced film "Innocence of Muslims," and turned France into a potential target, too. Up to now, American government sites have drawn the most ire.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi began her landmark visit to Washington by declaring Tuesday that she supports the easing of the remaining U.S. economic sanctions on her country. Suu Kyi also credited Myanmar's president, the former general, Thein Sein, for democratic reforms but cautioned that the country also known as Burma had a ways to go before shaking off the legacy of five decades of military rule.
ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators have approved the first electronic pull-tab games to help pay for a new Vikings stadium. The Gambling Control Board signed off Tuesday on five new animated versions of the paper pull-tabs that have long been a fixture in bars. The new games from Las Vegas-based Acres 4.0 include "Treasures of the Jungle" and "Big Money Heist." The vote clears the way for charitable gaming operators to start offering the iPad games in bars.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two groups have filed a lawsuit to try to block the opening of Minnesota's wolf hunting and trapping seasons this fall. The Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves say the Department of Natural Resources failed to provide a proper opportunity for public comment on recently approved rules establishing the wolf hunting and trapping seasons. Wolves came off the endangered list in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan last January, and the Minnesota Legislature authorized the resumption of wolf hunting and trapping last session.
EAST BETHEL, Minn. (AP) — A woman is charged in Anoka County with driving drunk in a crash that killed two people on a motorcycle. A criminal complaint says 42-year-old Paula Larson was intoxicated when her SUV collided with the bike in East Bethel Sunday. Larson is facing two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in the deaths of 48-year-old John Jordan of St. Francis and 46-year-old Patricia Kalla of Big Lake. The Star Tribune reports a preliminary breath test measured Larson's blood alcohol content at more than twice the legal limit.