News Minute: Here is the latest Minnesota news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. CDT
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota the final permit it needs to proceed. The permit deals with how PolyMet will mitigate its effects on wetlands. PolyMet calls it a "historic achievement" that will let it move forward with Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine. Minnesota regulators issued the other key permits for the project last year, but the mine still faces court challenges.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Tim Walz has announced tweaks to his budget proposal to reflect projected slower economic growth. Walz told reporters that his administration took a hard look and scaled back some proposals while sparing priority areas like education and health care. Republican leaders criticized the Democratic governor for standing by his proposals for a 20-cent gas tax increase and for preserving an expiring tax on health care providers.
MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota city of Moorhead has joined neighboring Fargo, North Dakota, in declaring a flood emergency along the river that separates the cities. Moorhead Mayor Johnathan Judd says the move enables the city to seek money from state and federal governments to help with potential impacts from Red River flooding. Fargo declared a flood emergency Monday. The National Weather Service says there's a 10 percent chance that the river will approach historic flood levels in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - A Duluth man who is the fifth and final defendant in the shooting death of a university student has been found guilty of aiding an offender. A jury in St. Louis County found Xavier Haywood guilty Thursday night of being an accomplice in the February 2017 death of University of Minnesota Duluth student William Grahek. Haywood wasn't physically present when Grahek was killed during an attempted robbery of drugs and cash from his residence.
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