Madeleine Baran Feature Archive

The St. Paul police crime lab's drug testing has been shut down, and an independent review is being conducted regarding problems at the lab. MPR News' Madeleine Baran walks us through the lab and the questions that remain. (09/20/2012)
Ira Glass, the host of public radio's "This American Life," will be at the newly renovated Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis this weekend for screenings of "Sleepwalk With Me," a new comedy he co-wrote and co-produced with comedian Mike Birbiglia. (09/14/2012)
With recent polls showing that the economy is one of the biggest issues in the upcoming election, MPR News reached out to contacts in our Public Insight Network to find out how the economy is affecting them. (09/13/2012)
Four people killed and a fifth was injured in a collision between a pickup truck and semi in eastern Minnesota, sheriff's officials say. (09/13/2012)
A former supervisor at the state crime lab testified in court Friday that the St. Paul Police Department crime lab's equipment is not properly ventilated and may have spewed illegal drugs and chemical solvents into the air inside the crime lab. (09/07/2012)
The city of St. Paul will pay two out-of-state companies about $140,800 to evaluate and reform operations at the troubled St. Paul Police Department crime lab, and train employees. (09/07/2012)
One of the St. Paul police officers placed on administrative leave after the violent arrest of a man last week had been suspended by the St. Paul Police Department in 2010 for excessive force. (09/05/2012)
A second St. Paul police officer has been placed on administrative leave in connection with a police investigation of a video that appears to show one officer kicking a man and two officers slamming his head against a police car. (08/31/2012)
St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith and other top police officials were slow to respond to the crime lab crisis even as public defenders threw the lab's operations into question by challenging evidence in several drug cases. (08/31/2012)
Minnesota Department of Health officials are reporting a second confirmed case of swine flu in Minnesota. (08/29/2012)
The number of employee injuries at the state's largest facility for the mentally ill and dangerous has increased rapidly this year, and the number of permanent psychiatrists has dropped from six to one. (08/29/2012)
Questions about drug testing at the St. Paul Police Department crime lab were met with sighs, smiles, glares, and barely stifled laughter by a crime lab employee during a contentious hearing Friday in Dakota County District Court. (08/24/2012)
Maureen O'Connell, the assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Human Services' Chemical and Mental Health Services Administration will resign tomorrow, a DHS spokesperson confirmed Thursday. (08/23/2012)
Dakota County prosecutors convinced a judge to narrow the inquiry into problems at the St. Paul Police Department crime lab at a contentious hearing Wednesday. (08/23/2012)
The request comes as public defenders representing Matthew Jensen, a man charged with fifth-degree drug possession, prepare to question top police officials and crime lab employees about the lab's operations. (08/22/2012)