- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Feds say they’ll give state time to upgrade IDs for flights

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Federal officials say they’ll give state lawmakers time to boost Minnesota’s driver’s license so residents can board domestic flights.

Minnesota is one of four states that haven’t complied with stronger federal requirements for IDs passed after Sept. 11. It’s raised concern that Minnesotans may need an extra form of ID to board a plane as soon as next year.

The Legislature blocked the state from complying with the Real ID Act in 2009. Department of Homeland Security officials told state lawmakers Tuesday that the deadline won’t come immediately in 2016.

A final cut-off date will be announced later this year.

But some lawmakers still aren’t sold the change is necessary. Sen. Warren Limmer says he doesn’t think the federal government will stop Minnesotans from boarding planes.


Charge: Woman vandalized sign of US dentist who killed lion

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - A woman has been charged with vandalizing the office sign of the Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion.

Prosecutors on Tuesday charged 41-year-old Kimberley Ann Socha of Bloomington with felony damage to property.

Socha is accused of spray painting the sign at Walter Palmer’s suburban Minneapolis dental office. Authorities say two sisters from Florida who were arrested with Socha won’t be charged.

WCCO-TV (https://cbsloc.al/1O67pZBhttps://cbsloc.al/1O67pZB ) reports police were called about 7:30 a.m. Monday after a witness reported the sign had been spray painted.

Socha makes her first court appearance Wednesday. Online court records do not list an attorney who could comment on her behalf.


4 arrested in theft investigation at Minnesota day cares

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Three Minneapolis day care centers that primarily serve poor children are charged with billing the state for more children than they serve, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Four people were arrested as part of an investigation into fraudulent billing of Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. Two more arrests are likely, the Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1PMpvxahttps://strib.mn/1PMpvxa ) reported.

“They cheated big and they got caught,” Freeman said of the day care operators, many of whom have relationships and overlapping employment or ownership at the targeted facilities.

Felony charges were filed against Minnesota Child Care Services, Children’s Choice Center and Ummah Child Care Services, all in Minneapolis, authorities announced at a news conference. Prosecutors also froze $219,000 in the day care centers’ bank accounts.

Freeman said the investigation is continuing and he expects a fourth day care center to be charged.


Woman accused in Minnesota prison inmate’s meth OD death

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) - An Alexandria woman is accused in the drug overdose death of an inmate at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Faribault.

Thirty-four-year-old Melissa Guillette faces charges of third-degree murder and bringing contraband into a state prison

KSTP-TV (https://bit.ly/1QJX03ahttps://bit.ly/1QJX03a ) reports Guillette is accused of bringing methamphetamine to inmate Jason Nyberg earlier this month.

Court documents say Guillette passed two pills to Nyberg in the prison visiting room. She said he put the pills in his mouth and planned to spit them out after a strip search.

Nyberg was held for an hour before his strip search. He was found dead in his cell Sept. 5. An autopsy determined Nyberg died of a meth overdose.

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