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STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) - An inmate accused of killing a guard at the Stillwater prison last month has been indicted on first-degree murder charges. A grand jury in Washington County returned the indictment against Edward Muhammad Johnson on charges of first-degree premediated murder and first-degree murder of a prison guard.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Defense attorneys want charges dismissed against a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman last year. Attorneys for ex-officer Mohamed Noor argue in motions filed Wednesday that the charges should be dropped because of prosecutorial misconduct and lack of probable cause. Noor is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July 15, 2017, death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. She was killed after calling 911 to report a possible assault.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The ballot for Minnesota governor is set, and the newly minted candidates are already looking to November. Rep. Tim Walz won a three-way Democratic primary Tuesday while Jeff Johnson pulled off an upset over former Gov. Tim Pawlenty for the Republican nomination. The pair traded niceties and some early jabs in a series of dueling press conferences to celebrate their victories on Wednesday.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A judge has ruled Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson did not violate any laws when her office released a former aide's criminal record last week. The judge on Wednesday denied D'Andre Norman's request for a temporary restraining order against Swanson. Noman contended Swanson's office shared his record in retaliation for his saying she pressured staffers to do political work. Swanson denied the allegations. Swanson lost to Tim Walz in Tuesday's primary for the DFL nomination for governor.

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