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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The chairman of Minnesota's Democratic party is standing by Rep. Keith Ellison "at this point" amid the abuse allegations against him. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin said Thursday the allegations are concerning, but added, "Keith is our nominee and we stand with him at this point." Karen Monahan says Ellison dragged her off a bed by her feet while screaming. Ellison has called that false and said he plans to run in November.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Police say two Minnesota beer deliverymen prevented a suicidal man from jumping off an interstate bridge in St. Paul by offering the man a Coors Light. Authorities say Jason Gable and Kwame Anderson were driving their truck Wednesday morning when they spotted the man. Anderson tells the Pioneer Press he recalled negotiating tactics Denzel Washington used in the movie "Inside Man" and tried to build a rapport with the man before offering to talk to him over a beer about what was bothering him.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An unlicensed driver has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for a police chase that ended with the man plowing into a Minneapolis playground and injuring three young siblings. Twenty-seven-year-old Kabaar Powell Jr. of Richfield was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty last month to two counts of fleeing an officer. The children's parents, Kyle and Nicolle Peltier, told Powell their lives will never be the same. Powell declined to speak. He agreed to a longer-than-usual sentence.

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) - An inmate accused of using a hammer to kill a Minnesota prison guard has been indicted on first-degree murder charges. A grand jury returned the indictment Tuesday against 42-year-old Edward Muhammad Johnson. He's accused of killing Department of Corrections Officer Joseph Gomm at the Stillwater prison on July 18. Investigators say Johnson repeatedly struck Gomm in the head and face with a hammer that he checked out from an industrial workshop on the third floor of the correctional facility.

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