Prosecutors, public defenders react to St. Paul crime lab report Two independent consultants hired to review the St. Paul Police crime lab found major errors in almost every area of the lab's work, including the fingerprint and crime scene evidence processing that has continued after the lab's drug testing was stopped in July. The failures include sloppy documentation, dirty equipment, faulty techniques and ignorance of basic scientific procedures, according to reports released Thursday. Lab employees even used Wikipedia as a "technical reference" in at least one drug case.5:35 a.m.
Franken appears well-positioned for re-election Six years ago this month, DFLer Al Franken launched his campaign for U.S Senate against incumbent Republican Norm Coleman. After a long recount, Franken won by just 312 votes. For some it appeared Franken might be an easy target in 2014, but it's not playing out that way -- at least for now.6:20 a.m.
Dayton wants to boost funding for English language learning For 65,000 students in Minnesota, English is not their first language. The state spends $40 million annually to help those students learn English, while they also study math, reading, writing, and other subjects. Gov. Mark Dayton wants to boost funding for the state's English language learning programs by 12 percent a year, in hopes of increasing student test scores.7:25 a.m.
Todd Clouser's guitar riffs come from drive to 'ruthlessly create' In a crowd, Todd Clouser could be just another guy whose struggles are his own quiet secrets. But on the stage, he's a monster, pouring out guitar riffs with electrified ease. Clouser and his band A Love Electric performs Saturday at the Icehouse restaurant in Minneapolis.7:45 a.m.
Obama To Push State Of The Union Messages In Chicago
Several anti-violence activists have been calling for President Obama to visit his hometown after a series of deadly incidents involved guns. They want to hear the president's plans to curb a gun problem many consider an epidemic.
Scientists Look To The Internet To Raise Research Funds
Scientists are learning what artists have already figured out: there's money out there. Specifically, there's money among the users of the Internet, and they are willing to donate it for what they consider to be good causes.
5th In 'Die Hard' Series Is Filled With Action
Given how much money the Die Hard franchise has made, it's not surprising that A Good Day To Die Hard plays like an extended victory lap for star Bruce Willis. Not surprising, but not a whole lot of fun either.
Turks Desire 'Reversal' In Olympic Wrestling Move
The International Olympic Committee's unexpected move to eliminate wrestling as of the 2020 games was a particular shock to Turkey. Turks love the ancient sport, and two-thirds of Turkey's Olympic medals are in wrestling.
In Kansas, A 'Glide Path' To No Income Taxes. Will It Work?
Gov. Sam Brownback plans to get rid of Kansas' income tax and cut the size of state government. Some lawmakers say it's a great experiment that will show that lower tax rates and streamlined bureaucracy can stimulate growth; others are concerned about overreaching.
Eurozone Economies Declined In 2012
The latest economic numbers from Europe are in and they are not encouraging. The countries that make up the eurozone say their economies shrank at a 2.3 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter. Italy and Spain had especially sharp declines.
Federal Charges Filed In Ohio Dumping Case
The owner of an oil and natural gas drilling company in Youngstown, Ohio, has been charged with violating the federal Clean Water Act. He's accused of dumping tens of thousands of gallons of drilling waste water into a storm sewer that eventually runs into a local river.
Brazil's Richest Man Involved In Heinz Acquisition
Warren Buffett is one of the investors in a $23 billion bid to buy HJ Heinz Company. Lesser known is one of Buffet's partners in the acquisition. Jorge Paulo Lemann is Brazil's richest man, according to Bloomberg.