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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Eric Otremba
At a rally Thursday, representatives from Macalester and Hamline said adjunct professors are a major part of the campus teaching force, and want a voice at work. Several described working long hours at multiple campuses with no job security, low pay and often no benefits. (04/24/2014)
Google, Intel, Facebook and many other tech giants are pooling their money together -- for the first time -- to fix a glaring hole in cybersecurity. (04/24/2014)
A patent from Apple could play a big role in helping teens -- and adults -- avoid accidents. The proposed feature, which would lock out certain features such as texts and calls, is not the first of its kind. (04/24/2014)
This Sunday starts Yom HaShoah, the Jewish memorial day for the estimated six million Jews killed in the Holocaust. Black and thousands of others are also marking the 75th anniversary of their escape from that tragedy.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx met with local and state officials in Casselton, N.D., Thursday to discuss rail safety.
While much of Hodge's State of the City speech touched on the themes at the center of her successful campaign for the job -- growth, equality and competent management, she also encouraged Minneapolis residents to brag about the place they live.
Lottery officials say the state has little choice, as commerce moves online. The lottery started selling PowerBall tickets online in 2010 and instant scratch-off games in February.
Watching television continues to be America's favorite leisure activity, but how we watch TV has changed.
The new deal finalizes what many people see as the most important issue remaining from the acrimonious labor dispute between management and musicians at the Minnesota Orchestra.
The lawsuit announced Thursday argues that in managing the fishery, the DNR hasn't considered walleye fishing heritage as required by the state's Constitution.
In a leafy suburb of Silicon Valley, 9 year olds lie on their tummies on the floor, log on to their silver Chromebooks, and begin doing maths lessons. Their teacher logs on as coach and gives one-to-one instruction...exactly where it's needed.
For Shelly Winemiller, the trigger was returning as an adult to the central Wisconsin parish where she had been sexually abused by a priest.
Rivers joins us to talk about her vision for Minnesota parks and trails. She will also take listener questions.
Speaking at the Civil Rights Summit held April 8-10, 2014 at the LBJ Presidential Library, former President Jimmy Carter told the audience he's seen "almost unbelievable" prejudice and persecution of women and girls, in America and around the world. He said we don't do anything about it because men make the decisions, just as we didn't do anything about discrimination and violence against blacks because white people made the decisions. Carter called sexual slavery "the worst human rights violation on earth." President Carter is out with a best-selling book "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power."
Opponents of the labeling said it would pose an undue burden on food producers and needlessly alarm consumers. Supporters argued there is not good way for grocery customers, food makers or diners to tell what they're buying.
Dayton on Thursday said he made the offer to House and Senate leaders "in the spirit of accommodation," as they work to negotiate a budget compromise.
A medical examiner testifying in the case of a Minnesota man who killed two teens when they broke into his home says they were shot a total of nine times, with some shots at close range.
At 79, Tom Warth remains an enthusiastic fundraiser, enlisting people from corporate boardrooms to elementary school classrooms. On Friday, he'll start a weekend fundraising walk from Taylors Falls, Minn., to the state Capitol.
The company's health care business, which includes inhalers used to dispense medicine, led growth.
For nearly three decades in various roles throughout the archdiocese, the Rev. Kevin McDonough assured parishioners in dozens of interviews and personal conversations that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was a national leader in fighting abuse.
Today's Morning Edition music is from a track from Evan Shinners's latest recording of Bach's music "English Suites Volume Two." Shinners will be performing tonight at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. Since graduating from Juilliard in 2010, Shinners has been impressing listeners with his talent and modern take on classical music. Former Saint Paul Sunday host Bill McGlaughlin says "I know this is a lot of weight to put on a young man's shoulders, but Evan reminds me of a young Glenn Gould."
Get ready to ride the Minnesota Weather Roller Coaster again. The good news? It's a free ride, and it's always full of surprises. It even features sound effects, with sirens going off at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. today. Three weather seasons in 10 days? Only in Minnesota.
DNR gathers more than 50,000 comments on the controversial mine proposal.
The jetpacks we thought we'd have didn't work out.
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.
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.
Today at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. sirens will sound across the state as the National Weather Service tests the systems designed to let us know when severe weather is in the air. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Todd Krause, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.
On Friday, the City Council will consider a resolution that would re-designate Columbus Day as Indigenous People's Day. It would follow in the steps of cities like Berkeley, Calif. and states like South Dakota, which made the change more than two decades ago.
A bill working its way through the Minnesota Legislature would regulate e-cigarettes on the state level. The bill's sponsor, State Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato, spoke with MPR News' Cathy Wurzer about the legislation.
In a rare move, the Minnesota Supreme Court has overturned the civil commitment of a man confined to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. The ruling does not mean the convicted rapist at the center of case, Cedrick Ince, will walk free immediately. But it may point the way for lawmakers who are trying to overhaul the controversial program.
"It's a huge change," FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told reporters in a briefing Wednesday, before the official announcement of the agency's plans. "We will have the authority as a science-based regulatory agency to take critical actions to promote and protect the health of the public."
After spending almost a full calendar year of festivals in other cities (and countries!), the Replacements have just announced a much-anticipated hometown date at Midway Stadium on Saturday, September 13. Here's everything you need to know to be able to talk about the band's historic homecoming gig.
The American Indian Movement emerged in the 1960s from the streets of south Minneapolis, a longtime cultural crossroads for American Indian communities in the Midwest. And the burst of activism that followed has focused on all sorts of issues from treaty rights to sports mascots. But the celebration of Columbus Day still rankles Bill Means.

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