Today on the MPR News Update: Legislation averting the so-called fiscal cliff passed the House Tuesday night with half of the Minnesota delegation voting yes. Musicians and managers of both the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are back at the negotiating table. And state health officials say we could be in for a really bad flu season.
Today on a holiday-shortened version of the MPR News Update: The Minnesota Vikings clinch a spot in the playoffs after beating the Packers by a field goal. What will 2013 bring after a beastly year for Best Buy and Supervalu? And as 'fiscal cliff' negotiations get down to the wire, some economists say we shouldn't worry if it takes a few weeks longer to hammer out a deal.
Today on the MPR News Update, 2012 was a record year for cases of whooping cough in Minnesota, an MPR News analysis of state court data shows prosecuting parents for leaving guns around kids is rare, and native Americans honor the 38 Dakota men hanged in Mankato 150 years ago today in the nation's largest-ever mass execution.
Dozens of gun owners responded to an inquiry into what they thought should be the legislative reaction to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Some said a ban on "assault weapons" would be ineffective, while others said there should be a ban. Yet others said teachers should be allowed to carry weapons at school.
Early plans for what could be the Twin Cities' fourth light-rail transit spoke are moving ahead, with the blessing of the city of Golden Valley.
A pilot from Bemidji was killed when his plane crashed in northern Illinois Tuesday afternoon.
A proposal to mine sand and gravel on the St. Croix River faces more scrutiny Tuesday evening in Scandia.
St. Paul city officials have approved a plan to expand affordable housing along the Central Corridor line.
Advocates for the homeless say they have made progress to end homelessness in Hennepin County. There are 40 percent fewer people sleeping on the streets since 2010 and many more apartments for low-income people. But there's still work to be done, they told a Minneapolis City Council meeting Tuesday.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a Roman Catholic priest convicted of sexual assault.
Commercial fishermen caught a 47-pound bighead carp in the Mississippi River near Frontenac.
As plans for a third light rail line move forward in the Twin Cities, some people who live along the proposed route between Minneapolis and Eden Prairie are concerned about their quality of life. It isn't light rail that worries them, it's heavy freight trains that would be rerouted there.
Several years of legal battles related to the Interstate 35W bridge collapse are finally over. On Tuesday, the state has resolved the last lawsuit related to the 2007 disaster.
October was the deadliest month this year for traffic accidents where the victims were not wearing seatbelts, Minnesota public safety officials say.
Prosecutors say a southern Minnesota couple starved their 8-year-old adopted son to the point that he was severely malnourished and weighed less than 35 pounds.