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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and the city's new police chief are planning to release crime statistics for 2012 - as well as outline their public-safety priorities for this year.

Rybak and Police Chief Janeé Harteau (Juh-NAY' Har-TOE') are holding a news conference Friday morning to share details.

Preliminary statistics released last week show violent crime went up slightly in Minneapolis in 2012 - after 2011 saw the lowest level of violent crime since 1983.

Even with the slight uptick, authorities said, 2012 violent crime numbers were still among the lowest in decades.

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