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Friday roundup: Hit-and-run cases skipped, endangered letter carriers, fraud at ING gather,

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Local business, People and neighborhoods, Politics and government, Public safety Updated: July 27, 2012 - 10:26 AM

Police skip inquiries in hit-and-run cases: The Minneapolis police website says only hit-and-runs that involve "serious injuries or fatalities" will be probed. The Accident Investigation Section has dropped from seven investigators to two in recent years, said spokesman Sgt. Steve McCarty, and the police "don't have the manpower" to investigate every hit-and-run. (Masako Hirsch)

Mail carriers call for financial fix: At their union convention in Minneapolis, U.S. postal workers argued against a costly retiree benefit funding provision. (Adam Belz)

Creating a future of autistic adults: Walker Art Center docent T.J. Jameson is part of a fledgling Edina-based nonprofit that began providing jobs this summer to local young adults with autism, a developmental disorder that often affects social communication skills. (Kim McGuire)

Friends plead guilty in $1.6 million fraud: Two Minneapolis women, longtime friends who each have a history of bankruptcy, have pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1.6 million from ING, the international insurance and investment firm where they worked, according to documents filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. (Paul McEnroe)

WGBH Boston acquires Public Radio International: The Associated Press reports that a small number of jobs may be eliminated from Minneapolis-based PRI, which currently has about 45 employees.

Testimony ends in officers' civil trial against city (Randy Furst)

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