Madeleine Baran Feature Archive

The St. Paul Police Department's crime lab came under harsh scrutiny by defense attorneys in the second day of a Dakota County hearing that could affect thousands of drug cases. (07/17/2012)
Attorneys representing a Rochester man charged with drug possession asked a judge to throw out evidence tested by the St. Paul Police Department's crime lab, arguing the lab's results are not reliable. The dispute over the procedures at the lab comes at a time of increased scrutiny of science in the courtroom. (07/16/2012)
A new study found the chemical Bisphenol A can disrupt the mating behavior of fish. (07/12/2012)
While Amy Senser's defense lawyer plans to appeal, several Twin Cities-based attorneys and legal experts said they considered it a fair sentence. (07/10/2012)
Organizers with the group Occupy Homes say their efforts to help homeowners fight foreclosure are showing signs of success. (07/05/2012)
State fire officials are urging people to use caution when handling fireworks on the Fourth of July holiday, and not let children handle sparklers or other fireworks. (07/03/2012)
Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologist David Neitzel says a St. Louis County man become ill in late May after traveling to south-central Minnesota. (07/03/2012)
Minnesota leads the country in the number of international adoptions per capita, but tighter regulations have caused those numbers to drop sharply in recent years. (07/02/2012)
Minnesota's lawmakers, political groups and unions reacted quickly to the Supreme Court decision. (06/28/2012)
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a wind turbine project in Goodhue County, over the objections of an advocacy group that argued noise and "shadow flicker" from the 397-feet-high turbines could harm the health of nearby residents. (06/25/2012)
As heavy rain flooded the Lake Superior Zoo Tuesday night, no one was there to notice that a polar bear and two seals had escaped from their enclosures. What happened? (06/22/2012)
Two seals escaped from the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth early this morning after heavy rains flooded the facility and surrounding areas. The zoo's polar bear, Berlin, also escaped from her exhibit area, but was returned. (06/20/2012)
The Minnesota Court of Appeals reverses a lower court's decision. (06/18/2012)
A powerful thunderstorm rumbled through Minnesota Sunday night, pounding communities in the west and south of the state with strong wind and hail, damaging homes and cutting power in some areas. (06/18/2012)
Recent cases of overturned convictions have alarmed attorneys, who worry they lack the right kind of training to detect problems with science in the courtroom. (06/14/2012)