Welcome to the MPR News Update. In the news today, a Minnesota judge orders the Boy Scouts to release more secret files about sexual abuse, advocates for immigration reform gather at the state Capitol, the walleye population in Lake Mille Lacs reaches its lowest level in decades, and Minnesota's two U.S. senators will take part in the first congressional hearings today on gun control following the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., last month.
It's the MPR News Update. In the news today, Minnesota state workers are getting closer to their first pay raise in more than three years. St. Paul considers shutting down drug evidence testing at its troubled police crime lab. Sen. Amy Klobuchar introduces a plan to make it easier for American companies to hire skilled foreign workers. And Edina schools will start before Labor Day.
In the news today, freezing rain and snow has greased up the roads in the southern third of the state. Minnesota lawmakers begin sifting through the details of Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal. A Twin Cities business finds new uses for unwanted city trees. And medical experts wonder about the business of saving people who can't, or won't, help save themselves.
When crews must cut down trees after an infestation, the wood is normally chipped up and burned. But some are being salvaged and reused along with many other unwanted urban trees at Wood from the Hood in Minneapolis, another outpost in the trend toward all things local.
The Department of Natural Resources is notifying about 5,000 Minnesotans that an employee improperly accessed their driving and motor vehicle records.
The next court date for the central Minnesota man accused of killing two teenagers in his home has been postponed to spring.
Minneapolis city housing officials say there is strong interest for developers in a green building program.
Forestry crews are removing hundreds of ash trees from the Fort Snelling Golf Club this week because of emerald ash borer infestation.
Today on the MPR News Update, a ninth grader from suburban Minneapolis has died of the flu. DFLers in the Minnesota Legislature outline their priorities for the session, and the mayor of Duluth tries to raise awareness about sex trafficking in Minnesota.
The fifth person to die of the flu this season in Minnesota was a 14-year-old girl. The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed the teen's death.
Minnesota lawmakers kick off their 2013 session and some DFLers are promising to introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage; a health insurance exchange is also on the agenda. The need to repair aging municipal water systems is gaining attention. And what happened to Minnesota's once enviable recycling habits?
Today on the MPR News Update, Minnesota legislators are getting ready for the start of the 2013 session this week, and an MPR news analysis finds the public is unable to find out a lot about their possible conflicts of interest. Bar and restaurant owners in downtown St. Paul await the return of the Minnesota Wild. And last year's drought has dried out the soil so much that some homes in southeastern Minnesota are sinking.
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.