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Republicans opt for unity over purity; Democrats worry about voter turnout; St. Paul climber among 6 missing on Rainier

Monday, June 2, 2014

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  • Mike McFaddenGOP political purity takes a back seat
    After losing every election for top statewide office since 2006, Minnesota Republicans said they were looking for candidates at Saturday's state party convention who can win.
  • Gov. Mark Dayton  and Lt. Gov. Tina SmithDFL turns focus on voter turnout
    As expected, Democrats endorsed Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken for re-election over the weekend. Conventioneers also spoke long and often about the importance of getting party members to the polls.
  • Minnehaha Creek floodingDeluge swells Lake Minnetonka to record level
    A stalled weekend weather system inundated the metro area. Widespread rainfall totals between 2 and 5 inches, and some isolated totals of 6 to 7 inches or more have swollen creeks and lakes to record high levels.
  • Exiting the trainNorthstar lowers peak fares, expands service
    Tom Cruikshank, with the St. Cloud Metro Bus, says if more ride the Northstar Link, it's more likely the Northstar rail line will get extended the remainder of the distance from Big Lake to Saint Cloud, connecting the city with Minneapolis.
  • Mt. Rainier in Washington State.St. Paul climber among 6 missing on Rainier
    Park officials say it's currently too risky to send people in search of six climbers who likely fell thousands of feet to their deaths while attempting to scale 14,410-foot Mount Rainier.
  • Kevin LovveLove's trip to Boston ramps up trade rumors
    Fans of the Boston Celtics are buzzing over the news that Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love spent the weekend in Boston checking out that city and talking about his appreciation of Celtics history. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the matter.
  • Coal-fired power plant in La Cygne, KansasEPA seeks to cut power plant carbon by 30%
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday will roll out a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting the first national limits on the chief gas linked to global warming.
  • Pregnancy hormone may reduce multiple sclerosis symptoms
    The hormone is a form of estrogen called estriol. It's abundant in a woman's body only when she is pregnant. Adding estriol to treatment with an existing MS drug cut relapses by 47 percent in a study of 158 women presented at the American Academy of Neurology meeting in April.
  • In 'Fargo,' deaf actor Russell Harvard gets his chance to be wicked
    An actor since childhood, Russell Harvard always wanted to play the bad guy. In the TV show Fargo, he plays a menacing hit man whose partner interprets for him -- sometimes.
  • HeroinHow a vaccine could halt heroin addiction
    Scientists are working on developing vaccines to combat the addictive properties of methamphetamines, nicotine, heroin and cocaine. The vaccine triggers the production of antibodies that block the drug's ability to get the user high.
  • UnemployedRecession health costs will be 'substantial and enduring,' researcher says
    Kasisomayajula Viswanath, professor of health communication at Harvard School of Public Health, said it's still too early to see the full effect of the Great Recession on health and health-related costs, but the incoming research shows it is "substantial and enduring."

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