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  • Pothole season is here, and it really is worse than last year
    If you've been out on the roads at all in the last week, you know that much of Minnesota is in the throes of that short season between winter and road construction. We're talking about pothole season. And after this year's especially harsh winter, just how bad are the potholes? They're bad.March 17, 2014
  • New fight over Minnesota's newborn screening law
    A bill would allow the Minnesota Department of Health to save newborn blood samples and test results indefinitely.March 16, 2014
  • Goggles bring virtual reality closer to your living room
    Going back to ancient times, the aim of storytellers has been to immerse us in an experience -- of another place, time or point of view. This past week at the South by Southwest film, music and technology conferences in Austin, storytellers and great technologists showed off new ways to take us beyond cinema, or TV or even traditional video games. One of the most compelling experiences came via the Oculus Rift, a set of virtual reality goggles.March 16, 2014
  • Newtown struggles to meet mental health demand
    Some of the charities paying for mental health care for children and families affected by the Sandy Hook massacre are running short of money and officials don't know how much they'll need -- and for how long -- to repair the psychological scars from the mass shooting.March 16, 2014
  • US lags as commercial drones take off around globe
    Tempting technology and an eager marketplace are outrunning the aviation agency's best intentions to regulate drones. Photographers, real estate agents, moviemakers and others are hurrying to embrace the technology.March 16, 2014
  • House passes payment fix for Medicare docs, but at what cost?
    Bipartisan support dissolved this week for compromise legislation that would have fixed a longstanding problem with the way Medicare pays physicians. Though the bill passed the House of Representatives Friday, it now contains a provision almost certain to invite veto unless a Senate version can quickly nudge the ultimate bill back toward compromise.March 16, 2014
  • Training your brain: Beware of the quick-fix
    The jury is still out on brain-fitness programs. Getting our heads in shape isn't likely to be easier than getting our bodies fit.March 15, 2014
  • Minn. Medical Association votes against legalization of medical marijuana
    The Minnesota Medical Association has come out against the legalization of medical marijuana in Minnesota as the proposed legislation is written.March 15, 2014
  • Deadline for private health coverage is March 15
    Minnesotans who want private health coverage starting April 1 have until 5 p.m. Saturday to enroll and pay for plans through the state's online health insurance marketplace, MNsure.March 15, 2014
  • Young women increasingly turn to ADHD drugs
    Use of ADHD drugs continues to rise in the United States, but the group whose use is increasing the most may come as a surprise: young women.March 15, 2014
  • See more, eat more: The geography of fast food
    The more fast-food joints people encounter around their homes and workplaces, the likelier they are to be obese, research shows. That suggests policies limiting fast-food outlets in neighborhoods may be on to something.March 14, 2014
  • U.S. to relinquish remaining control of the Internet
    The U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration said it wants to relinquish its oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.March 14, 2014
  • Pellet gun killed wolf that fled Isle Royale park
    Scientists who study the park's wolves and moose say the wolf was a loner and had been attacked by other wolves before escaping this winter across a Lake Superior ice bridge.March 14, 2014
  • Tribes, health officials, Chamber of Commerce weigh in on PolyMet
    The nearly 50,000 comments the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has collected on the PolyMet copper-nickel mining proposal include e-mails, hand-written letters and postcards, and even full research reports containing hundreds of pages of graphs and data analysis.March 14, 2014
  • Frequent March tournament snow storms largely a myth
    MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about snow that just hasn't stopped in northeastern Minnesota, and he sheds light on whether Minnesota really does have frequent March tournament snow storms.March 14, 2014

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