Kueng and Thao reject plea deals, state trial will proceed


John Lauritsen and Pauleen Le at WCCO are reporting J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thaio refused to sign plea agreements during Monday’s hearing. This means that the state trial will continue as scheduled. Both would have to plead guilty in the offer to second-degree murder and spend 36 months behind bars.

Liz Navratil of the Star Tribune reported Mayor Jacob Frey’s Monday press conference that outlined his spending plans. The proposal by the mayor, which includes $1.6 billion and $1.7 billion respectively in 2023 and 2024, also includes money for traffic control agents, police and mental health teams, and programs that improve public housing quality, treat opioid addiction, and combat climate change.

Noor Awan of Sahan Journal has an interview with state Rep. John Thompson . He blames racially motivated and DFL money for his primary election loss Aug. 9, : “This party’s full of shit.”

Christopher Snowbeck of the Star Tribune reports Fairview Health Services’ operating losses grew in the first half of this year due to an increase in labor costs and the patient stays increasing because of a lack of space at long-term and transitional care facilities. Inflation also played a part. Operating costs are rising faster than reimbursement rates, according executives.

Adam Uren reports that Low, the Duluth band Low, has cancelled several European tour dates due to the ongoing treatment for cancer of vocalist/drummer Mimi Parker.

Alexandra Simon from KARE-11 shares the news , that after more 8,300 weddings and renewals in the past 28 years , the Chapel of Love located on the third floor of Mall of America will close.

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