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PAYNESVILLE, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say an elderly couple from central Minnesota reported missing along with a man who lived with them has been found dead in their vehicle. Stearns County sheriff's officials say 93-year-old Wilbert Scheel and his 80-year-old wife, Gloria Scheel, were found dead in their Prius about 5 p.m. Thursday in Kandiyohi County.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota lawmakers have finally approved $10 million in emergency funding for the state's troubled driver's registration system. The Minnesota Senate signed off on the money for MNLARS Thursday, and the House followed suit later. The debate over how to pay for the repairs to the new computer system has dragged on since the legislative session began in February.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Somali-American Police Association is defending a fired Minneapolis police officer who's charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of an unarmed Australian woman. In a statement, the association says the charges against Mohamed Noor are "baseless and politically motivated, if not racially motivated as well." Noor shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond last July while responding to her 911 call a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Investigators say unextinguished cigarettes caused a fatal house fire in northeast Minneapolis last weekend. The Minneapolis Fire Department says the fire was started on the first floor by cigarettes that ignited a sofa in the living room. The cause of the fire was ruled unintentional. Sixty-three-year-old Thomas Edward Nowak died when the two-story home caught fire Saturday evening. It's the first fire fatality in Minneapolis in 2018.

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