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The shutdown is over; Bachmann casts sole Minnesota 'no' vote

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Minnesota's other members of Congress also explain their votes on the government shutdown. We are getting a better idea of how many Minnesotans are using MNsure. There's an update on the well being of the child who stowed away on a flight to Las Vegas. And we hear the eclectic music of Jherek Bischoff.

  • The government shutdown is over
    The government reopened its doors Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default on U.S. obligations.
  • Bachmann was lone Minnesota delegate to vote 'no'
    The shutdown debate prompted a bruising internal debate within the GOP between those who believed that tough tactics would lead to the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act and those who believed that goal was out of reach.
  • Public opinion toward tea party hits low point
    A new Pew survey reports that nearly half (49 percent) of the public now view the Tea Party unfavorably, compared with 30 percent who view it favorably. Since February 2010, unfavorable views have nearly doubled, and the number of "very unfavorable" views has tripled.
  • MNsure releases enrollment numbers, still working on bugs
    Nearly 8,200 Minnesotans have completed the insurance application process after creating an account on MNsure. About one quarter of them had incomes low enough that they would qualify for federal subsidies to help pay for a commercial health plan. Nearly 3,800 people have enrolled in a plan.
  • Would a tech company have rolled out Obamacare differently?
    How could a roughly $400 million software project that had been in the works for years have so many problems at its launch? One bit of advice from Silicon Valley: Start small.
  • Jherek Bischoff makes something new
    On Friday Jherek Bischoff brings his unique blend of rock and classical music to the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, where he will perform with musicians from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Channy Leaneagh, lead singer for the popular local band Polica.
  • Judge: 9-year-old stowaway not safe in parents' care
    According to a petition filed last week, the boy had a recent history of leaving home overnight without permission.
  • Teen to be tried as adult in East Side beating
    Prosecutors say Cindarion De'Angelo Butler was among the five people who attacked 26-year-old Ray Widstrand on Aug. 4 as he tried to walk past a street fight near his home on St. Paul's East Side.
  • Army vet offers Muslim women shelter in a storm
    Sisters Need A Place began informally 15 years ago as Muslim women gathered in homes around the Twin Cities to talk about life over tea and coffee. In 2004, organizers opened a permanent location for the service.
  • 'Gleaners' collect unharvested produce to help feed hungry
    Fruits of the City is part of a growing effort in Minnesota to collect excess crops and produce that would otherwise rot in the fields or wind up in a compost bin.
  • DNR to review proposed taconite mine expansion in northeast Minn.
    Northshore Mining wants to expand its Peter Mitchell Mine south of Babbitt, Minn. Environmental groups, arguing the expansion could cause acid mine drainage, petitioned the Department of Natural Resources for an environmental assessment.
  • Man pleads guilty to drug conspiracy on oil patch
    Fifty-year-old Brian Dahl, also known as Kodiak, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Bismarck to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and brandishing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.
  • Fate of Minn. renewable energy law in judge's hands
    A federal judge could soon decide the fate of Minnesota's six-year-old renewable energy law, which North Dakota officials say is an unconstitutional overreach.
  • Why U.S. taxpayers pay $7 billion a year to help fast-food workers
    A majority of fast-food workers rely on public assistance to make ends meet, an analysis finds.
  • Minnesota colleges brace for potential application snafus
    Some Minnesota private colleges are waiting nervously to see whether the association behind The Common Application works out a range of glitches in time for this fall's early-decision application deadlines.
  • A Wikipedia 'edit-a-thon' for female scientists
    Look up a female scientist or technologist on Wikipedia, and you might not find what you're looking for. Many don't have detailed pages or any page at all on the free online encyclopedia created by contributors, the vast majority of them men. A Brown University biology professor and an alumna hope to help chip away at the problem with a Wikipedia "edit-a-thon," one of many that's been held in recent years to help increase the representation of women on Wikipedia.
  • Norm Ornstein on Congress: 'Worse Than it Looks'
    A live and recorded broadcast from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School. American Enterprise Institute scholar Norm Ornstein speaks about the political and fiscal debates in Washington.
  • Westminster Forum: Valerie Plame Wilson on security, surveillance and privacy
    A former covert operations officer in the CIA, Valerie Plame Wilson's identity as a CIA operative was revealed in a nationally syndicated column, resulting in her resignation from the CIA. She is the author of the memoir, "Fair Game."
  • Appetites: Amy Thielen brings a national audience to the 'Midwestern Table'
    Chef Amy Thielen, author of the cookbook "The New Midwestern Table" and host of the new Food Network show "Heartland Table," is part of the movement bringing Midwestern food into the national spotlight.
  • Arkansas aims to make edamame as American as apple pie
    A Texas-based Asian foods importer chose Arkansas to build its company, called American Vegetable Soybean and Edamame Inc., here. Raymond Chung, the chief financial officer, says one reason is because plenty of local farmers are willing to grow the non-genetically modified vegetable soybeans.

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