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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices are finally starting to increase consistently. A gauge of national home prices rose in June compared with the same month last year, according to the Standard & Poor's/Case Shiller index released Tuesday. The year-over-year increase was the first since September 2010, a year when housing benefited temporarily from a federal home-buying tax credit.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is asking for federal permission to make changes to Minnesota's Medicaid program to save as much as $151 million over five years. The Democratic governor formally asked the U.S. Health and Human Services Department for a waiver from current rules on Friday. Dayton says in a letter that rising costs and an aging population will make the current Medicaid system unsustainable by 2020 unless major changes are made.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Hennepin County jury has cleared a former Sartell police officer accused of negligence by a man who says he was injured in a police chase. Brian Manion had claimed that Mark Bromenschenkel (BROM'-en-shen-kel) forced him through a red light into a Twin Cities intersection where Manion's vehicle was hit by another vehicle. Manion also sued the city of Sartell. Bromenschenkel was on duty but not in uniform at the time. He was trying to serve a forfeiture notice on Manion's vehicle, which had been driven by a suspect arrested in a drug investigation.
WANAMINGO, Minn. (AP) — Two people are injured after the crash of an ultralight plane near Wanamingo. According to the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office, the aircraft crashed into a corn field after takeoff Sunday evening. The two aboard were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The Post-Bulletin of Rochester reports ( http://bit.ly/SGvadM ) the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. ___ Information from: Post-Bulletin, http://www.postbulletin.com
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fewer Minnesota school districts will ask local voters for more money this year than asked last year. The Minnesota School Boards Association said about 30 districts indicated to them through a survey they would hold tax levy referendums, although those figures aren't final. That's far fewer than the 133 who held referendums last year.
NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy Co. Inc. and its founder and former chairman Richard Schulze say they have an agreement that will allow Schulze to pursue his plan to try to buy the nation's largest consumer electronics chain. The news sent Best Buy shares up 5.4 percent to $18.24 in midday trading Monday. Best Buy said the agreement will allow Schulze to get access to confidential financial statements and allow him to form an investment group with private equity sponsors to make the bid. He already owns 20 percent of the company's stock.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Child pornography charges against the football coach at Minnesota State, Mankato, are groundless and images on his cellphone are innocent family memories, his wife insisted Monday. Todd Hoffner, 46, of Eagle Lake was charged last week with two felony counts related to child pornography after authorities said they found nude images of his children on his cellphone.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The San Diego Chargers escaped from a sloppy preseason game with some confidence in their defense. Their kickers were in fine form, too. Nick Novak's 45-yard field goal as time expired gave the Chargers a 12-10 victory on Friday over Minnesota, after Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder struggled along with the rest of his starting offense.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Minnesota Twins haven't figured out how to slow down Adrian Beltre. They also couldn't get anything going against Texas left-hander Matt Harrison. Beltre hit for the cycle and Harrison pitched eight innings after taking a no-hit bid into the seventh Friday night in the Rangers’ 8-0 victory. “Pretty much dominated by the young left-hander over there, he pretty much ate us up,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We were pretty much a non-factor in the game today. They pretty much dominated.”
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A 40-year-old man has been charged with murdering his mother in St. Cloud. Chad Matthew Pulju was charged Friday in Stearns County with second-degree murder. Authorities say police went to a St. Cloud home early Thursday, and arrived to find 68-year-old Geraldine Delores Bennett injured and covered in blood. She died at a St. Cloud hospital. According to the complaint, an autopsy showed Bennett died of multiple sharp force injuries. She had stab wounds to her face, neck and arm, and one wound damaged her left carotid artery.