AP-MN--Minnesota News Digest 1:30 pm, MN
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MINNEAPOLIS — Nearly a year after he resigned his U.S. Senate seat amid sexual misconduct allegations, Al Franken is testing whether he can make a comeback in the #MeToo era. The former “Saturday Night Live” funnyman released a podcast on health care this week, just days after a Thanksgiving Day Facebook post in which he mused how much he missed “being in the fight every day.” By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 950 words, photos.
MINNEAPOLIS — Authorities prosecuting the case of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman are seeking to add another count to his case. Prosecutors now want to charge Mohamed Noor with intentional murder in the second degree in connection with the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. By Amy Forliti. On merits.
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CHRISTMAS TREE-MINNEAPOLIS POLICE
MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said Friday that a police officer who decorated a precinct Christmas tree with items such as a cigarette pack and police tape will be fired. SENT: 270 words.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A University of Minnesota researcher wants to make the kiwiberry Minnesota’s next big fruit. The green berries — a close cousin of the kiwifruit — are completely hairless, approximately the size of a pingpong ball and ready to pop in your mouth, similar to a grape. Researcher Seth Wannemuehler says kiwiberries’ taste is what truly sets them apart: a range of sweet, tart and tropical flavors that are ripe for the mass market. By Austen Macalus, Minnesota Daily. SENT IN ADVANCE: 792 words, photos.
EXCHANGE-GUNSHOT VICTIM RECOVERS
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A St. Paul gas station clerk recalls surviving an attempted robbery at the station last year. Jason Gatrell thought he was going to die on Thanksgiving in 2017, after a man tried to rob the station. But quick responses and collaboration between police, the fire department and Regions Hospital staff made a difference for Gatrell, according to Dr. Michael McGonigal, the St. Paul hospital’s director of trauma services. By Mara H. Gottfried, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1714 words, photos.
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RURAL BROADBAND PILOT
Slow speeds, bad coverage and expensive service. These are just some of the concerns contained in nearly 300 public comments on Rural Broadband Pilot Program proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a review by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found. The proposal follows a promise to farmers by President Donald Trump in January 2017 to deliver a faster, more reliable internet to rural areas. By Christopher Walljasper of Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. SENT: 1,175 words.
HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT FIRE, RED RIVER DIVERSION, MOTHER STABBED, MINNESOTA EXPORTS
Lindsey Vonn can’t bring herself to say goodbye to ski racing without one final run at her favorite course. So she intends to extend her farewell tour into next season. The all-time winningest women’s World Cup racer announced on her new YouTube channel Friday that she plans to come back for one more series of speed races at Lake Louise, Alberta, next season. By Pat Graham. SENT: 640 words, photo.
LOS ANGELES — Brian Agler, who led the Los Angeles Sparks to the WNBA championship in 2016, has resigned as coach after four years. The team made the announcement Friday without explanation. Executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler thanked Agler for his contributions and wished him the best. SENT: 330 words, photos.
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