News & Features Archive

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Harsh winters take a toll on roads.
Duluth drivers wait for the city's decision on how to plug a four-year budget hole that's tearing up the streets. (04/23/2014)
The Rev. Kevin McDonough
The deposition was part of a lawsuit brought by a man who says he was sexually abused by the Rev. Thomas Adamson in the mid-1970s. (04/23/2014)
About three quarters of those who enrolled in coverage since October qualified for government-sponsored coverage such as Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare, MNsure spokesman Joe Campbell said. About 50,000 others enrolled in private coverage. (04/23/2014)
Our incoming April rainstorm is feeding waves of showers with some embedded thundershowers sweeping across Minnesota overnight into Thursday morning. Locally heavy downpours will roll through some areas overnight and just in time for Thursday's morning commute.
Four Senate panels have already approved the bill, but it was sidetracked to the Rules Committee last month before a floor vote could take place. Now it's been sent to another committee.
A bill moving through the Legislature is part of an effort to lift English language learner students' academic performance.
Sen. Branden Petersen told MPR News's Tom Crann that a tracking warrant is still better than the current system, in which law enforcement does not have to establish "probable cause" before collecting ongoing data about people's location.
People recover better from serious brain injuries if they've had more formal education, researchers say. They're not sure why book learning promotes cognitive reserve.
Supporters of legal marijuana packed the Minnesota Capitol rotunda today. No bills have been introduced this session to legalize marijuana, but a Senate committee is scheduled to debate the medical marijuana bill on Friday.
In early April, an arbitrator determined MSU Mankato had no grounds to fire Hoffner and said he should be reinstated. He recently returned to the head coaching job.
Orville Schell speaks at the Commonwealth Club of California about his new book "Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-First Century." He observes that the rapidly transforming country has shifted from "imperial doormat to global economic powerhouse." He said rising powers create anxiety and reshape the geo-political map, and there are few global examples of this rise occurring without conflict.
DNR gathers more than 50,000 comments on the controversial mine proposal.
On this week's Climate Cast, we look at a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change about how some cities face "a window of opportunity" to confront the worst effects of climate change.
We get the latest on Obamacare, the 'Ready for Hillary' organization and Senate elections.
The proportion of marriages that remain interfaith jumped from 20 percent in the 1960s to around 40 percent by the first decade of this century.
The jetpacks we thought we'd have didn't work out.
Law enforcement witnesses testified Wednesday they found an audio recording turned on, an operating surveillance system and a cellphone jamming device in defendant Byron Smith's home.
Because of an inconsistency with the tunnel drawings, the Met Council will push back a joint open house and public hearing with the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority by two weeks, to May 29.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will collect information for the Statewide Bicycle System Plan and take it into consideration when starting a road project.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has overturned the indefinite civil commitment of Cedrick Ince, who served time for two rapes as a teenager and was civilly committed by Sibley County. But the ruling also increases pressure on the Legislature to do something it hasn't been willing to do: revamp the system for dealing with sexually dangerous persons.
The court today overturned the indefinite civil commitment of Cedrick Ince, who served time for two rapes as a teenager and was civilly committed by Sibley County.
The cold weather this spring is slowing syrup production. A mix of warm days and cold nights are needed to get the sap flowing.
Attorneys for 65-year-old Byron Smith had asked for a mistrial Wednesday after about an hour of cross-examining a forensic scientist from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Like many of us, you're probably trying to eke out the most from your food budget — and have a fun night out every now and then too.
Once you've picked your top school choices, campus visits can help you make a final decision.
A coalition of foundations that rallied around the Green Line light rail project is releasing a report Wednesday showing progress on its goals of helping small businesses and maintaining affordable housing in the corridor.
Sixteen teams from Minnesota are joining thousands of high school students from around the world in St. Louis today for a national competition in robotics and technology.
Someone is posing as a Ramsey County deputy sheriff and telling people they have not done mandatory jury duty service and may have a warrant issued for their arrest. The caller then demands a payment, typically in the form of a pre-paid card.
The bus also struck a traffic pole and a some of the passengers on the bus reported minor injuries from the bus's sudden stop. The bus driver was also taken to HCMC for a medical evaluation and routine drug and alcohol testing.
No state has the right to secede from the Union without the permission of Congress, but Wisconsin Republicans pushing the secession talk argue that the 10th Amendment conveys such a right. A professor of governmental affairs calls those behind the petition traitors.
Today's Morning Edition music is a recording of Neil Young doing Bob Dylan's "Girl From the North Country." It has a distinct low fidelity sound by design. It's from Young's new album "A Letter Home" which was recorded in a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph direct to vinyl recording booth.
Kerri and Stephanie consider Hollywood's aging process.
Annabelle Gurwitch joins us to discuss her latest book.
The books will be given out at stores, hospitals, libraries and schools. At least 500,000 books will be given away during the event.
We look into two trends in the life insurance industry that link benefits to stocks: variable universal life and indexed universal life.
A new report defines gun-related incidents as reports of people shot at, wounded by gunfire, guns being fired or used in some other form of crime. In 2012 there were 1,025 such reports, the city said. In 2013 that number increased to 1,442.
Also, it looks like Minnesota's thirsty soils, trees, lawns and fields are about to get a much needed soaking -- good news for many Minnesota farmers who will welcome some additional moisture on dusty fields in southern Minnesota as planting season cranks up.
It was going to be hard to top last week's bang-up premiere, and the sophomore episode wisely doesn't try. Instead, we get a deliberate (not to say slow) exploration of the fallout from the opener's violence. We also meet plenty of new characters -- and get a little more violence.
Seventeen states allow gay marriage and 59 percent of Americans supported it in a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll. That's a sharp turnaround from a decade ago, when same-sex marriage was a Republican wedge issue that galvanized social conservatives.
In the past three years, Goodwill's retail sales have jumped about 75 percent to $67 million, a growth rate any business executive would be happy to brag about.
QRxPharma, the company that developed Moxduo, had argued that the drug would provide fast relief for millions of patients suffering from moderate to severe pain, including accident victims and people undergoing major surgery. But FDA reviewers raised questions about the drug.
State investigators confirmed that founder and executive director Tammy Thies spent the group's funds on personal items like underwear, makeup, movies and hair removal products, as well as books like "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" and "My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands."
An exhibit at the University of Minnesota features medical books and artifacts from the time of Downton Abbey.

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