• Mid-April snow greets morning commuters
    The Minnesota Department of Transportation says roads south and east of Rochester are in difficult driving condition, and that includes Interstate 90 from south of Rochester to the state line. Wisconsin's department of transportation says I-90 is snow covered east of LaCrosse.April 14, 2014
  • E-cigarette rules needed, govt. report urges
    The report written by the staff of Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, California Rep. Henry Waxman and others highlights several issues including the lack of age restrictions and no uniform warning labels for the are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution and create vapor that's inhaled.April 14, 2014
  • From fish to pipes, Minnesota firms see opportunity in growing water challenge
    Rising concern over the supply of clean water, both in Minnesota and worldwide, is turning into what some technology companies think is a chance to grow.April 14, 2014
  • Pipeline leaks production fluid in western ND
    About 560 barrels of production fluid have leaked from a pipeline into a drainage system in western North Dakota.April 13, 2014
  • Restrictions on open burning take effect
    Restrictions on open burning take effect Monday across a swath of central Minnesota.April 13, 2014
  • Climate change adjustments must be fast and large, U.N. panel says
    Greenhouse gas emissions will have to drop 40 to 70 percent by 2050 -- and then drop even more, to nearly zero by the end of this century -- a new U.N. report says.April 13, 2014
  • Wis. DNR invites comment at hearings in all 72 counties
    State wildlife officials are inviting residents in all 72 counties to vote on outdoor-related issues at local meetings this week.April 12, 2014
  • Volunteers clean up St. Paul
    The St. Paul Department of Parks and Recreation is organizing what will be the city's first volunteer-based cleanup effort it two years.April 12, 2014
  • Gassy cows are warming the planet, and they're here to stay
    You may have heard how methane from livestock heat the planet, but reducing global meat consumption isn't necessarily the solution.April 12, 2014
  • Total eclipse of the moon next week throughout North America
    If you're willing to stay up late and the skies are clear early next week, you can catch the first total lunar eclipse in more than three years that's visible throughout North America.April 12, 2014
  • Fungal disease fatal to bats spreads to half of U.S.
    Wildlife agencies in Michigan and Wisconsin said they had confirmed diagnoses of white-nose syndrome in tested bats, further evidence of the ailment's rapid expansion since it first was documented in a cave near Albany, N.Y., in 2006.April 11, 2014
  • New Alzheimer's studies point to new care options
    The number of people with Alzheimer's disease is expected to skyrocket as the baby boom generation gets older. The way we care for dementia patients is the subject of some new reports published this week by Minnesota-based researchers. For more on the non-medical side of Alzheimer's research, MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dr. Robert Kane, an expert in long-term care and aging at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.April 11, 2014
  • Climatologist says snow-free areas of Minnesota growing rapidly
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about snow melting quickly across more and more of the state. He also has a wet forecast for the next week or so.April 11, 2014
  • Sheriff says new medical marijuana bill unlikely to crack law enforcement opposition
    A Senate bill that got a hearing on Thursday would allow the sale of marijuana at so-called alternative treatment centers, but not home cultivation. People with debilitating medical conditions would be eligible to buy. Parents of children with severe epilepsy have been pushing for legalization.April 11, 2014
  • Subway sees end to 'yoga mat' bread chemical
    The disclosure comes as Subway has suffered from an onslaught of bad publicity since a food blogger petitioned the chain to remove the chemical azodicarbonamide from its bread -- a chemical, by the way, that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use as a bleaching agent and dough conditioner.April 11, 2014

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