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Gun death disparities; air quality grades; living with ALS

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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  • VJ SmithDisparity of deaths by firearms shaped by race
    Research shows dramatic differences in the role that guns play in the deaths of white and black Minnesotans. Blacks are much more likely to be killed by firearms than whites. At the same time, whites are more likely than blacks to use guns to commit suicide.
  • Chart: Disparity of deaths by firearms shaped by race
    Along with our report, above, we've produced charts that quickly and easily show the dramatic disparities in the way white and black Minnesotans die through gun violence.
  • Map: Permit to carry firearms
    We've also created a map that shows counts by county of currently valid firearms permits from applications received May 2003 to December 2012 and valid on or before December 2012.
  • Bruce Kramer works on a poseYoga helps reconnect an ALS patient's disconnected body
    The ancient discipline of yoga keeps attracting new followers. Bruce Kramer says it helps him cope with ALS.
  • Installing bubblersMinnesotans cope with non-spring
    Minnesotans woke up to yet another April morning of scraping snow and ice off their windshields, and braving another snowy commute to work. The cold non-spring is affecting people and businesses around the Twin Cities. Will we ever get to enjoy the outdoors?
  • Suspect 1Social media's rush to judgment in Boston bombings
    Last week, the New York Post ran a front page photo of two teenage runners falsely implying that they had something to do with the Boston Marathon backpack bombs. But they came to the public's attention after their images were scooped up and pored over by hundreds of online amateur sleuths.
  • Duluth Lift BridgeAir quality report gives Minn. mixed reviews
    A new report from the American Lung Association shows some improvements in air quality in Minnesota's cities, but Ramsey County had poor grades for fine particle pollution for the third year in a row.
  • Filling bagsFargo downsizes Red River flood fight after revised forecast
    After a revised forecast, Fargo is downsizing efforts to fight. Red River flooding. The revision from the National Weather Service on Wednesday means fewer sandbags will be needed to prepare for a river crest expected late next week.
  • Kris EhresmannMinn. health official addresses 8% rise in HIV cases
    State health officials say there were 315 new cases of HIV in Minnesota last year, an 8 percent increase over the number of new cases in 2011.
  • Minnesota House passes education budget
    The Minnesota House has passed a $15.7 billion funding package for K-12 education that for the first time provides money for every school district to offer all-day, every day kindergarten.
  • Help for 'uninsurables' mired in political battle
    A GOP bill, headed for a vote Wednesday in the House, would divert billions from another program under President Barack Obama's signature law, a transfer Democrats say would undermine broader goals. Caught in the middle are the so-called uninsurables.
  • Poll: Aging US in denial about long-term care need
    We're in denial: Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term care as they get older -- and are taking few steps to get ready. A new poll examined how people 40 and over are preparing for this difficult and often pricey reality of aging, and found two-thirds say they've done little to no planning.
  • Captured in Nicaragua, US child porn suspect left trail in Minnesota
    Investigators say Eric Justin Toth's five-year run as a fugitive began when he was fired from his teaching job at a prestigious private school in Washington after being confronted about images of child pornography taken with a school camera in the man's possession. It ended over the weekend.
  • 2nd Miss. man investigated in ricin case
    Law enforcement officials searched the home of a second Mississippi man in connection to ricin-laced letters sent to the president and a U.S. senator after charges were dropped without explanation against a man arrested in the case last week.
  • 'A Nation At Risk' 30 years later: Shortcomings remain
    "A Nation at Risk," the report issued 30 years ago by President Ronald Reagan's Education Department, was meant as a wake-up call for the country. It spelled out where the United States was coming up short in education and what steps could be taken to avert a crisis. But its warnings still reverberate today.
  • Alzheimer's research making progress but needs more funding
    Alzheimer's currently afflicts about 5 million Americans, and as baby boomers age, the number of people with Alzheimer's is expected to rise.
  • Floods could close 2 Grand Forks bridges
    Grand Forks officials say that two of the city's three bridges could be closed to cars and people if the Red River reaches the 49-foot mark.
  • Police: 6-year-old calls 911, ends assault
    A criminal complaint says the boy's mother told his father he couldn't stay when he showed up at her house last weekend.
  • HIV-leukemia patient gets rare transplant
    Doctors at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital are hopefully a promising bone marrow transplant will cure a boy diagnosed with HIV and leukemia.
  • Oil patch city suspends strip club booze
    Williston, N.D., city commissioners have suspended the liquor licenses of the city's two strip clubs in response to what police say are excessive calls for disorderly behavior.

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