- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014
Jury deliberating Minnesota prosecutor case

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - Jury deliberations are underway in the trial of a northern Minnesota prosecutor accused of sexual misconduct with a teenage girl.

WDIO-TV (https://bit.ly/UrbZb9https://bit.ly/UrbZb9 ) reports the case went to the jury Thursday afternoon.

Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell is charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

Prosecuting attorney Tom Heffelfinger argued Scannell abused a position of authority when he kissed and allegedly touched the girl during drives they took in 2012.

Defense attorney Joe Tamburino says Scannell was never directly given - or charged with - any parental responsibilities over the girl, making the acts distasteful and immoral but not illegal.

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Feds: Minnesota receives 173 immigrant children

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The federal government says 173 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed in Minnesota since the start of the year.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement on Thursday issued a state-by-state breakdown of unaccompanied child placement. The figures show more than 30,000 children have been released to sponsors this year through July 7.

Texas, New York, Florida and California are receiving the most unaccompanied children caught at the U.S. border, according to the information.

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, is leading efforts to bring to the state more unaccompanied children who’ve fled Central America for the U.S. Ellison says Minnesota is as well-equipped as any other state to handle the children.

Federal and state governments are scrambling to find shelter for the children fleeing violence in Central America.

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APNewsBreak: No public money for IP candidate

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet said Thursday she failed to qualify for a public campaign subsidy in the Minnesota gubernatorial race, a significant setback that’s a financial gain for her opponents.

Nicollet told The Associated Press that she came up short of the minimum $35,000 in checks of $50 or less, the amount the state requires for governor candidates to unlock public money.

She’ll miss out on more than $219,000, so the major-party opponents will split $178,000 of that pot. There’s a possibility that Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton could be the sole beneficiary if a GOP rival putting substantial personal funds into the race is his challenger.

The Independence Party has been a powerful force in past governor’s races, often snagging more than the vote difference between the top two candidates.

It gained major party status in the 1990s - though it was known as the Reform Party when Jesse Ventura rode the ballot line to the governor’s office in 1998. Major party status means candidates are eligible for the public subsidy and earn an automatic ballot spot.

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Mankato ranks 3rd on list for business location

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Forbes has ranked Mankato third on its list of the Best Small Places for Business in America, just behind Fargo, North Dakota, and College Station, Texas.

KTOE-AM reports (https://bit.ly/UvW8Yrhttps://bit.ly/UvW8Yr ) the town made a significant leap on the list this year.

A chamber of commerce member says Mankato had previously ranked 10th, 11th and 25th. He says the town’s greatest strength is the diversity of its economy.

The Forbes list is produced based on rankings of cost of business, job growth, education and population.

Two other Minnesota towns made the list’s top 25. Rochester and St. Cloud were ranked 23rd and 24th, respectively.

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