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Former Gophers QB booted from Rutgers squad; the pedophile teacher who killed himself in Minn.; new life for Somali remittance programs?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Rutgers drops former Gopher QB Nelson
    Philip Nelson was charged Monday with two counts of felony assault in connection with a weekend fight in Mankato. Authorities released little information about a second arrest in the case on Tuesday.
  • Pedophile teacher abused scores; killed himself in Minnesota
    He was one of the most beloved teachers in the small world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off American expatriates and local elites. He led students on class trips to exotic places, treating them to cookies and milk at bedtime. But he led a secret life.
  • House bill may ease Somali remittance program worries
    The remittances, or money transfers, help form the backbone of the economy in Somalia. But over the last decade, many American banks quit working with Somali money transfer operators over fears of breaking anti-terrorism laws.
  • State rejects four-day school weeks
    When state education officials did not see any increase in test scores in recent years, they concluded the four-day week wasn't helping students and should be ended after another year.
  • 'Miracle' baby survives 11-story fall in Minneapolis
    A hospital spokeswoman says he has a concussion and has multiple fractures in his spine, arms, ribs. He also has a punctured lung.
  • Exit, Adrian Peterson?
    Running backs aren't as valuable in the pass-happy National Football League anymore, even if they're Hall of Fame worthy. The Minnesota Vikings may be looking to dump Adrian Peterson, Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman is reporting.
  • Man who jumped into Mississippi River charged
    Joseph Mark Sanislo, 19, was filmed last week jumping off the 610 West River Bridge in Brooklyn Park as part of the "Cold Water Challenge," an online campaign that originally was intended to raise money for charity.
  • Fosston bus driver denies kids' bullying allegations
    Another side of the story is being told in the case of last week's alleged bullying of two kids in Fosston. Their mother sat them down for a video of them telling their story. But now the bus driver, Oran Underdahl, is speaking out.
  • Not-guilty plea in immigration fraud case
    Zdenko Jakisa pleaded not guilty to allegations that he entered the U.S. under false pretenses by concealing his military service and concealing crimes committed during the Bosnian war in the 1990s.
  • Judge approves landslide victims' settlement
    A Hennepin County district judge approved the agreements Monday. The district will pay $80,000 each to the families of 9-year-old Haysem Sani and 10-year-old Mohamed Fofana, who died during a school field trip last May.
  • St. Paul crime lab to seek national accreditation
    Later this month, the St. Paul police crime lab will seek accreditation through a national board that evaluates forensic testing, department spokesman Howie Padilla said.
  • St. Paul man charged in stabbing death
    Willie James Chestnut, 54, is accused of killing 46-year-old Towanda Faye Harris at her apartment on the 1400 block of Minnehaha Avenue East in St. Paul. A witness told police that the argument started over beer.
  • Teen in alleged Waseca plot pleads not guilty
    Prosecutors say the teenager outlined his plan for a school attack in a 180-page journal. He was arrested at a storage locker that authorities say contained bomb-making materials, and had numerous guns in his room.
  • Agreement reached on cell phone tracking bill
    Sen. Branden Petersen, R-Andover, says the bill would require police and prosecutors to get approval from a judge before they can start tracking an individual's cell phone. He said that's a big change since current law does not require police to any approval to track someone's cell phone.
  • Medical marijuana bill backers weigh paths to Dayton's pen
    Gov. Mark Dayton has made it clear that he favors the more restrictive version passed by the Minnesota House last week. Dayton said Monday that he's concerned about the Senate provision on to authorize patients to vaporize marijuana.

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