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Who'll stop the rain? Also, help on the way for overdose victims, and Car2Go is coming to St. Paul

Thursday, June 19, 2014

  • Rains bring mudslide outside U hospital; Dayton declares emergency in 35 counties
    Minnesotans across the state woke up to thunder and torrential rain Thursday that triggered flash flooding and dangerous driving conditions in some places.
  • Live updates: Breaking weather news
    As record rains inundate Minnesota, you can use this live blog to keep up with breaking news about flash flood alerts, road closures and forecasts.
  • Photos: It just keeps raining. And raining.
    It's been a miserable week of rain, mudslides, flooded streets farm fields, property damage and driving headaches. Here's a look at what our photographers are seeing.
  • Overdoses killed loved ones. Now, volunteers learn a remedy: Narcan
    A group, mostly made up of mothers, was instrumental in pushing for a new state law that makes it easier for doctors to more widely prescribe a drug called naloxone, or Narcan, that can bring someone back from an opiate overdose.
  • How your state rates for long-term health care
    In just 12 years, the oldest members of the huge baby-boom generation will turn 80. Many will need some kind of long-term care. A new study from AARP says that care could vary dramatically in cost and quality depending on where they live.
  • Teen antidepressant warnings may have backfired
    A study involving the health records of more than 7 million people between 2000 and 2010 found a sharp drop in antidepressant use among adolescents and young people and a significant increase in suicide attempts after the Food and Drug Administration issued its warnings.
  • Chart: Minn. jobless rate at lowest level in 7 years
    Minnesota's economy added 10,300 jobs in May, and the state's jobless rate fell one tenth of a percent to 4.6 percent. The state's unemployment rate is well below the U.S. jobless rate in May of 6.3 percent. Here's what that looks like.
  • Contractor's report slams MNsure weaknesses
    There are dozens of gaps in the system and MNsure cannot reliably perform nearly two-thirds of the tasks needed for a "robust health insurance exchange," Deloitte Consulting said in its report released Wednesday.
  • Affordable apartments are getting few and far between
    Chip Halbach, executive director of the Minnesota Housing Partnership, says all the new luxury apartments on the market are just one reason that earlier this year, the average cost of a rental unit in the metro reached $1,000 a month for the first time.
  • St. Paul approves deal with Car2Go
    The city council on Wednesday approved a deal that allows German company Car2Go to park 185 of its tiny cars on St. Paul streets starting next month. Car2Go has a fleet of 350 vehicles in Minneapolis.
  • St. Cloud printing plant to close, lay off 280
    The news comes after Quad/Graphics completed the acquisition of Waseca-based Brown Printing Company. Quad/Graphics, headquartered in Sussex, Wisc., announced finalization of the $100 million deal May 30.
  • U of Minn. rowing team rescues woman in Mississippi River
    University of Minnesota women's rowing coach Wendy Davis and two team members were in a motorboat when they spotted the woman, waist-deep in the water and clutching a tree.
  • Appetites: Doughnuts are the new cupcakes
    The epicurean doughnut craze continues in the Twin Cities, with a new take on the fried cake rings now in Minneapolis. Rachel Hutton, editor of Minnesota Monthly magazine, joined MPR News' All Things Considered to tell us the story behind Bogart Doughnut Co., the latest entry in an increasingly competitive field.

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