- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Nienstedt returns to public ministry

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he’ll return to public ministry, after authorities announced they will decline to prosecute him over an allegation of inappropriate touching.

Archbishop John Nienstedt has always denied a claim that he touched a boy on the buttocks during a public photo session in 2009. But he stepped down from public ministry on Dec. 17 while police investigated.

Prosecutors said Tuesday there is insufficient evidence to bring charges.

Nienstedt says in a statement he’s thankful for the thorough investigation and looks forward to returning to public ministry as Easter is approaching.

He says he continues to pray for everyone affected by clergy sexual abuse.

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Asian carp eggs found in upper Mississippi in Wis.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Scientists have found evidence that invasive Asian carp have spawned much farther north in the upper Mississippi River than previously recorded.

The U.S. Geological Survey says Asian carp eggs, including late-stage embryos nearly ready to hatch, were recently identified in samples collected as far north as Lynxville in southwestern Wisconsin. That’s 250 miles upstream from previously known reproducing populations. And it says the spawning would have occurred upstream from the site.

The service’s Midwest regional director, Leon Carl, says the presence of eggs in the samples shows that spawning occurred, but it’s not known if any eggs hatched and survived in that area.

Scientists are still trying to confirm whether the eggs are from bighead or silver carp, though it’s possible some of the eggs are from grass carp.

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Gov. Dayton says still time for medical pot deal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says there’s still time in the legislative session to negotiate an agreement on medical marijuana.

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