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  • DNR adds more aquatic invasive species enforcement, says 1 in 5 boaters break the law
    People are aware of invasive species laws, but take shortcuts and make excuses, said Rodmen Smith, assistant director of the DNR's enforcement division.March 28, 2014
  • Sen. Heitkamp proposes changes to ACA
    Until this week, Congress has proposed very few actual changes to Affordable Care Act. A group of six U.S. senators is now trying to get support for a package of tweaks to the law. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke withone of them, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota.March 28, 2014
  • Climatologist says March colder and drier than normal so far
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about winter clinging to most of Minnesota this spring. It's been 7 to 11 degrees colder than normal for most areas. But he does have a warm-up in his forecast for the next couple of days.March 28, 2014
  • Researchers find married folks have fewer heart problems
    "It might be that if someone is married, they have a spouse who encourages them to take better care of themselves," said NYU cardiologist Dr. Jeffrey Berger.March 28, 2014
  • Why we got fatter during the fat-free boom
    If you want to trace Americans' fear of fat, the place to start is the U.S. Senate, during the steamy days of July 1976. That's when Sen. George McGovern called a hearing to raise attention to the links between diet and disease. And what was the urgency? The economy was booming, and many Americans were living high on the hog.March 28, 2014
  • Weather whiplash: Snow to spring fever in 48 hours
    Minnesota's chaotic spring weather is here. And while Thursday looked more like winter in parts of Minnesota, this weekend may actually get you to finally believe that the calendar is ready to turn to April and restore your faith in the season formerly known as spring.March 27, 2014
  • Minn. regulators make way for state's biggest solar project
    The Geronimo Energy Aurora project, which will be built on 20 different sites throughout the state next to Xcel substations, will give the state about eight times the solar energy output currently produced.March 27, 2014
  • Padmasree Warrior on the societal implications of technology
    Cisco's chief technology and strategy officer Padmasree Warrior participates in the Computer History Museum's "Revolutionaries" speaker series. She discusses "the internet of everything" and the experiences of women in technology jobs.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, March 27, 2014
  • 4 ways to improve swim safety, reduce student drowning deaths
    A national expert on swimming safety joins The Daily Circuit to discuss ways to better protect students in school swimming classes.The Daily Circuit, March 27, 2014
  • Brain changes suggest autism starts in the womb
    The symptoms of autism may not be obvious until a child is a toddler, but the disorder itself appears to begin well before birth. Brain tissue taken from children who died and also happened to have autism revealed patches of disorganization in the cortex, a thin sheet of cells that's critical for learning and memory, researchers report in the New England Journal of Medicine.March 27, 2014
  • A look at our changing climate
    Every Thursday, MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner joins The Daily Circuit to talk about the latest research on our changing climate and the consequences we're seeing here in Minnesota and worldwide.The Daily Circuit, March 27, 2014
  • Milky Way black hole to devour giant gas cloud
    Scientists look forward to viewing an upcoming space feast.The Daily Circuit, March 27, 2014
  • Sloppy skies today, wild temp swings ahead
    They say all weather is local. That's certainly true across Minnesota today. Our long anticipated Thursday winter/spring weather system is here. Take your pick of Minnesota weather today. Depending on where you are, there may be fog, rain, ice, snow, dryness, and thunder.March 27, 2014
  • Brain changes suggest autism starts in the womb
    The finding should bolster efforts to understand how genes control brain development and lead to autism. It also suggests that treatment should start early in childhood, when the brain is capable of rewiring to work around damaged areas.March 26, 2014
  • Minneapolis hopes open data project will lead to new apps, efficiency
    The city has more than 450 different electronic databases that track everything from budgets to crime statistics to street maintenance. Some staffers, elected officials and self-described hackers are working on a plan to put that information on the Internet for anyone to use.March 26, 2014

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