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► The defense rested its case in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of murder in the May 2020 killing of George Floyd. As The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports:
Derek Chauvin said in court Thursday that he will not testify in his murder trial shortly before the defense said it has completed its case.
“I will invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege” to not risk making any self-incriminating statements in Hennepin County District Court, where the fired Minneapolis police officer is charged with killing George Floyd late last spring in Minneapolis…
…Chauvin’s declaration came during a series of questions from his attorney, Eric Nelson, and outside the presence of the jury.
Nelson and Chauvin were seated at the defense table as the defendant held a cordless microphone and had his voice heard for the first time on the record during the trial.
Closing arguments in the Chauvin trial could begin as soon as Monday.
► You don’t need us to tell you that red states and blue states are very different. But as The Associated Press reports, one significant difference is bad for your health:
With coronavirus shots now in the arms of nearly half of American adults, the parts of the U.S. that are excelling and those that are struggling with vaccinations are starting to look like the nation’s political map: deeply divided between red and blue states.
Out in front is New Hampshire, where 65% of the population age 18 and older has received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Following close behind are New Mexico, Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts at 55% or greater. All have a history of voting Democratic and supported President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
Meanwhile, at the bottom are five states where fewer than 40% have rolled up their sleeves for a shot. Four of them — Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee — lean Republican and voted for Donald Trump last fall. The fifth is Georgia, which has a Republican governor and supported GOP presidential candidates for nearly three decades before narrowly backing Biden.
► The Douglas County Board of Commissioners are not doctors, but they are pretending to know more about the COVID-19 pandemic than the so-called “experts.” That’s not good news for the rest of us, which is why others are speaking out.
► Let’s check in on state legislative news:
The State House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to the new state budget proposal.
Fox 31 News reports on opposition to proposed legislation seeking to reduce Colorado’s jail population.
Colorado lawmakers are freezing tuition rates at community colleges.
The Associated Press reports on legislative efforts to improve maternal care for minority women.
Lawmakers are considering legislation to improve health benefits for legislative aides.
The State Senate approved legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to receive professional licenses in Colorado.
More political (and coronavirus) news is available right after the jump…