News Minute: Here is the latest Minnesota news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT
BAYPORT, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's prison system is on lockdown after an inmate fatally assaulted a corrections officer at the Stillwater state prison. State Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy told reporters that Minnesota's flagship prison, and others in the system, are on lockdown in "an abundance of caution." Roy says Officer Joseph Gomm was attacked by an offender in an industry building on Wednesday and was pronounced dead at a hospital. Roy would not identify the inmate, who is serving time for homicide.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has introduced a bill that would allow all of Wisconsin to watch the Green Bay Packers. Right now a dozen counties in northwestern Wisconsin are relegated to watching Minnesota Viking games whenever they play at the same time as the Packers.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Some pigs went hog-wild on the highway after a semi-truck overturned in southern Minnesota. The semi crashed at an interchange of Highways 169 and 14 near Mankato Wednesday morning. Hogs escaped from the punctured trailer and spilled onto the roads. The Minnesota State Patrol says the 30-year-old semi driver lost control and rolled on the ramp. He suffered minor injuries. More than 20 hogs escaped. The loose hogs snarled traffic for hours until authorities corralled the porkers.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Some black teenagers say they feared for their lives when a Minneapolis Park Police officer pulled a gun on them while responding to a bogus 911 report that they were armed. Fourteen-year-old Suhaib Ahmed says he was afraid of being shot when one officer drew his gun and pointed it at him and his three friends. Police released them after finding they were unarmed and witnesses contradicted the 911 caller's story.
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