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Tuesday April 18th, 2023 night edition

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The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday rejected former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's petition to throw out his 2022 conviction for the murder of George Floyd.

The big picture: Video of Chauvin using his knee to pin down Floyd as he cried that he couldn't breathe ignited widespread protests in 2020 over racism and police brutality.

A Hennepin County jury found Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in April 2022.

Context: Chauvin filed an appeal last year, arguing that he was unable to get a fair trial due to media coverage and the threat of protests.

The state, which handled the prosecution, countered that moving the venue wouldn't have made a difference given national coverage of Floyd's death.

Of note: Chauvin is currently serving a separate, 21-year federal sentence for violating Floyd's civil rights. »

Trump says if elected he will force federal workers to pass a political test and fire them if they fail

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Former president Donald Trump said that if he returns to the White House in 2025, he will mandate that federal employes take a civil service test and workers who do not pass would be fired.

“I will require every federal employee to pass a new civil service test, demonstrating an understanding our constutitional limited government,” he said.

“We will pass critical reforms making every executive branch employee fireable by the president of the United States,” he said at the time. »

Oklahoma sheriff, commissioner, accused of discussing killing a reporter and returning to Black hangings

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In southeast Oklahoma, the sheriff of McCurtain County, one of his investigators and a county commissioner are accused by a newspaper of discussing killing a local reporter and lamenting that modern justice no longer includes hanging Black people.

The FBI and the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office also have copies of the recording, according to the newspaper.

This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: Oklahoma sheriff and commissioner accused of discussing racism and killings. »