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No charges for Carver County deputies for shooting suicidal teen

Plus: poll finds Scott Walker behind in Wisconsin; Department of Human Services victims of a phishing scam; drop in nonresident students has U of M leaders reconsidering tuition increase; and more.

Says Alisa Roth at MPR, “Two Carver County deputies will not face charges for using deadly force against 16-year-old Archer Amorosi as they confronted him outside his mother’s home July 13 in Chanhassen, the county attorney said Thursday. Deputies shot and killed the Minnetonka High School student after his mother called 911 to report that her son was suicidal and acting violent and destructive.”

Says Mark Murray for NBC News, “Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is behind by double digits in his re-election bid, while Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin is comfortably ahead in hers as a near majority of likely voters say they prefer Democrats to control Congress, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll of the state. In Wisconsin’s race for governor, Democratic challenger Tony Evers gets support from 53 percent of likely voters in a head-to-head matchup, while Walker gets 43 percent.”

Also for MPR, Peter Cox reports, “Around two dozen people have been camping out on a strip of Minnesota Department of Transportation-owned land, which sits above I-35E and down the hill from the St. Paul Cathedral. The encampment has grown slowly over the last few months along both sides of a sidewalk, and also has become more visible. Some people are on wait lists to get into shelters, which they say are full. Others say they have been kicked out for violating rules or choose the comparative freedom of living outside.”

KSTP-TV reports, “The Minnesota Department of Human Services were victims of a phishing email scam, where someone had the ability to access the information of approximately 21,000 individuals who interacted with the department. DHS confirmed the potential breach Thursday in a statement. DHS sent out a letter dated Tuesday to those individuals whose information may have been accessed. In the letter, it says incidents occurred in June and July.”

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Says Josh Verges in the PiPress, “A 26 percent drop in new nonresident students this fall has University of Minnesota leaders pulling back on plans to aggressively increase the cost of attendance. … President Eric Kaler and the Board of Regents have been on a mission to bump that rate up to the middle of conference. But after a down year, they’re rethinking that strategy.”

Paul Walsh of the Strib says, “While Twin Cities residents saw only a few flurries at most, a wide swath of northern Minnesota from near the Canadian border to south of Duluth reported totals ranging from 2 to 5 inches of snow falling Wednesday into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.”

Mara H. Gottfried writes in the PiPress: “The death of a 20-year-old University of Minnesota student in St. Paul last month was alcohol-related, the Ramsey County medical examiner’s office said Thursday. Dylan Fulton had been drinking, vomited when he was passed out and choked to death, said Lori Hedican, chief investigator at the medical examiner’s office. He died at his fraternity house on Sept. 12.”

For MPR, Laura Yuen writes: “The case of a Renaissance Festival manager charged with rape is set for trial on March 26. Sixty-year-old Carr Hagerman, the festival’s former entertainment director, is accused of raping a female photographer on the festival grounds last year. After he was charged, two other women sued the festival organizers. The lawsuit alleges the company fostered a sexually charged, hostile work environment.”

Says Chris Hine of the Strib, “Jimmy Butler said he was ready to practice again Thursday, a day after he memorably returned to the Timberwolves and confronted teammates and the front office. Except there was no practice. The Wolves canceled their previously scheduled practice and media availability set for Thursday in advance of Friday’s preseason finale at Milwaukee, allowing Butler’s eventful Wednesday to simmer without anyone from the organization trying to comment on what happened or try to cast in a positive light.”