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Winona-Rochester Diocese plans to file for bankruptcy amid abuse claims

Plus: Twin Cities rank fourth-worst for racial disparities; suspects identified in St. Cloud deer-carcass incident; Minneapolis looks to add electric vehicles to city fleet; and more.

Another bankruptcy. The Rochester Post-Bulletin’s Brian Todd reports: “The Catholic Diocese of Winona-Rochester plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a result of claims of sexual abuse made against former priests, according to a statement from Bishop John Quinn. … The diocese faces 121 claims of sex abuse by 14 priests who have been accused of sexual misconduct with children from the 1960s through the 1980s. Eleven of those priests worked in Rochester at one time or another, and a total of 11 parishes across the diocese were affected.”

Minneapolis/St. Paul is #4. 24/7 Wall Street’s Samuel Stebbins and Evan Comen on the cities with the worst racial disparities: “Disparities in socioeconomic measures exist to some degree nationwide. However, in certain cities, gaps in outcomes along racial lines are chasmic. 24/7 Wall St. created an index based on racial disparities in eight socioeconomic measures in U.S. metro areas to identify the worst cities for black Americans.”

They found the deer-carcass guys. The AP’s Steve Karnowski reports (via the Pioneer Press): “Somali and Muslim leaders expressed deep concern Saturday after a white man and his teenage son dumped bloody deer carcasses on the hoods of two cars owned by Somali-American men in St. Cloud, and they don’t believe the explanation the suspects gave to police.”

A big charge. KSTP’s Todd Wilson reports: “The City of Minneapolis is looking to change some of its fleet of vehicles into electric vehicles and Xcel is helping to make that a reality. Right now the city has roughly a dozen electric vehicles, but they have high hopes for more.”

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