Reporter | Hennepin County Courts

Chao Xiong is the Hennepin County Courts reporter for the Star Tribune. He previously worked as a Ramsey County, state and Minneapolis general assignment reporter.

Xiong is a native of Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa, where he worked on the college paper, The Daily Iowan, for four years.


Twin Cities contractor pleads guilty to coercing undocumented laborer

Activists called on the construction industry to change its ways and refuse to work with such contractors.


Castile's girlfriend files defamation suit after 'crack cocaine' tweet

Tom McBroom tweeted in 2017 that Diamond Reynolds would spend her settlement money on "crack cocaine."


Shooter who wounded school bus driver on Mpls. interstate sentenced to 7 years

A judge said that Kenneth Lilly's argument that he feared for his life was not credible.


University of Minnesota doctor scarred child's face with laser treatment, lawsuit says

It came in treatment for the 6-year-old's birthmark.


Firing of HCMC nurse prompts review of sexual assault cases

County Attorney's Office waited months to reveal expert witness's dismissal.


Alleged anti-Muslim attack reported in west metro, group says

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling for a hate crime investigation.


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The injured employee had been pinned by machinery in a partly frozen pond.


ACLU of Minnesota sues state to restore voting rights for felons

The organization said that more than 52,000 Minnesotans can't vote because of state law, which restores the right to vote for felons only by court order or the completion of a sentence.


Former Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz convicted of felony perjury

Prosecutors might seek jail time for Stephen Frenz; defense plans to appeal.


Jurors deliberating in perjury trial of Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz

The jury of five women and seven men is expected to resume talks at 9 a.m. Friday.