Minorities in Minnesota may face many hurdles to buying a home. With lower educational attainment, income and savings rates than their white counterparts, some people of color may be less likely to qualify for mortgages -- or to apply for them.
Firefighters were called to the fire at the single-family home just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Crews quickly put out the fire in the living room.
Non-profits can skirt disclosure rules by avoiding using certain words in their ads, or by advocating for an issue rather than a candidate. Two legislative committees plan to debate a bill this week that would require some groups that conduct political activities to say more about their donors.
On divided voice votes, the House Public Safety Committee advanced a pair of bills that impose a higher standard on law enforcement when they collect data from cellphones and other electronic location devices.
Members of the Restore the Vote Coalition say a bill that would allow felons who have been released from prison to vote is a civil rights issue that will allow thousands of people, many of them minorities, to have a say in the political process.
Great Lakes water levels have approached record lows in recent years. The massive ice cover prevents wintertime evaporation. Deep winter snow pack fuels massive spring runoff, and boosts water levels in the Great Lakes. Both factors will contribute to higher water levels in 2014.
Prosecutors have filed felony charges against two men suspected of robbing and beating a man in a Lifetime Fitness locker room Sunday.
State data from 2013 shows 20 percent of teacher candidates failed the reading, writing and math test currently in place. Among minority teacher candidates, failure rates were significantly higher.
Minnesota Orchestra musicians and fans are still waiting to learn who will become music director of the ensemble.
The latest data from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory show the lakes are about 84 percent ice-covered, down from a peak this season of just over 92 percent and well short of the 95 percent high mark sent in 1979.
Every year, Americans send millions of tons of food to the landfill. What if you could use all of those pizza crusts and rotten vegetables to heat your home? That's already happening in one unlikely laboratory: the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn.
The Senate's intelligence oversight panel had its computers searched by CIA workers, who also improperly removed some documents that had been provided to the panel, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in a lengthy and scathing speech on the Senate floor Tuesday. She said some of the actions could be illegal or unconstitutional.
House Republicans are seeking to compel the Obama administration to turn over uncensored, internal documents related to its enforcement of environmental laws at wind farms where eagles and other protected birds have been killed.
Dr. Jon Hallberg, a family physician at the Mill City Clinic, told MPR News' All Things Considered that it's difficult to formulate an opinion on the medical benefits of marijuana when research is so limited.
The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness last week sent letters to the state Department of Natural Resources and the federal agencies overseeing the study, citing missing data associated with the nearly 2,200-page document.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has declined to file charges against Archbishop John Nienstedt, who in December was accused of groping a boy several years ago at a public event.
The newest debate from the Intelligence Squared series, recorded at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Motion: The president has the constitutional power to target and kill U.S. citizens abroad.
With the drone strike on accused terrorist and New Mexico-born Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, President Obama has tested the limits of the executive branch's powers. Does the president have constitutional authority under the due process clause to kill U.S. citizens abroad, or is it a violation of this clause to unilaterally decide to target and kill Americans?
Before Democrats can choose Obama's successor, they'll have to figure out their modern identity.
The Iraq veteran joins us to discuss her book and some of the pressing issues facing veterans at home.
Twenty-five years ago Tuesday, Tim Berners-Lee put his thoughts on information management to paper.
We discuss the current options available to women. What are emerging trends in the field?
Sandra Block, senior associate editor at Kiplinger's Personal Finance, joins us to offer advice on how and when to make adjustments to your retirement savings accounts.
Seavey, 27, was victorious in the iconic dog sled race for a second time, slipping under the famed burled arch in Nome, Alaska, the finish line for the 1,000-mile-long trail.
St. Paul police say a dispute at a party in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood ended with the death of one man and the arrest of another.
There's no sign yet of the Boeing 777 with 239 people aboard that disappeared early Saturday while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. But there's potentially significant news from the head of Malaysia's air force, who's being quoted as saying the jet was hundreds of miles off course when it was last seen on radar.
Five counties are also holding special elections, four of which address school building bonds.
A number of measures which would curb the ability of law enforcement to access private information via cell phone records or drone technology were discussed Tuesday at the Minnesota House Public Safety and Finance Committee.
About a dozen Mahtomedi residents will likely be without water for most of the day Tuesday after one of two water main breaks in the city remains broken.
A key Minnesota lawmaker says she doesn't see a path forward for her bill to legalize medical marijuana after talks with law enforcement hit a standstill. Democratic Rep. Carly Melin of Hibbing postponed consideration of the bill Tuesday.
MNsure's interim CEO Scott Leitz, speaking March 10th at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School and answering questions about problems and promise of Minnesota's health insurance exchange. March 31, 2014 is the enrollment deadline for the troubled program launched October 1, 2013.
Should artists of color seek representation in major institutions, or should they create their own spaces to better serve their communities?
Portland police had to be called in to subdue a 22-pound house cat that trapped its owners inside their bedroom after attacking their baby. The baby was not injured in the incident.
More details are emerging about landlord Paul Bertelson, the owner of a house where five children died in a fire last month.
Thousands remain barred from their homes, with no end in sight.
We're experiencing the sixth mass extinction right now and this one is entirely our doing. Elizabeth Kolbert painstakingly details just what's going on.
Tom Weber's book pick this week is Matthew Algeo's "The President is a Sick Man."
Today's music is from 40 years ago this week when "Seasons in the Sun" by Canadian singer Terry Jacks was the number one song on the U.S. pop charts. It is a translation of the French song "Le Moribond" by the popular Belgian-born singer Jacques Brel. The original French version about the laments of a dying man included verses about his unfaithful wife. The Terry Jacks version left that part out.
With the women of the Senate leading the fight, lawmakers voted 97-0 Monday for legislation that would force a half-dozen major changes on a military struggling with a pervasive problem that Pentagon leaders concede could cost the services the trust and respect of the public and make it harder to attract men and women to serve in the all-volunteer force.
Joe McGinniss, the adventurous and news-making author and reporter who skewered the marketing of Richard Nixon in "The Selling of the President 1968" and tracked his personal journey from sympathizer to scourge of convicted killer Jeffrey MacDonald in the blockbuster "Fatal Vision," died Monday at age 71.
Officials acknowledge they are in uncharted territory in responding to something that has never happened since the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant opened in 1999. The site is important to the nation's efforts to clean up decades of Cold War-era waste, and administrators are eager to resume operations once they are convinced it's safe to do so.
The Saint Paul police have honored Eric Wasson, the bouncer who stopped a man who walked into a bar with a gun last fall. Wasson, a former college football player, rushed the gunman and disarmed him without being shot, even though the gun went off twice.
Rich Peverley underwent a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat six months ago after a physical revealed the condition at the start of training camp. The Dallas Stars' forward missed a game last week with a recurrence of the problem. But his biggest scare came Monday night.
The bill is sponsored by Sen. Chris Eaton of Brooklyn Center, whose daughter Ariel Eaton-Willson died of a heroin overdose in 2007, said a lot of states across the country are looking to Narcan for relief as use of opiates becomes more widespread.
Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday called the increase in heroin-related deaths an ``urgent and growing public health crisis'' and said first responders should carry with them a drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose.
In a notice filed Monday in federal court, EPA officials said they were voluntarily vacating the agency's approval in December 2012 of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's variance for Mesabi Nugget, which produces iron pellets at a plant near Hoyt Lakes. The EPA instead plans to reject the variance, the filing said.
Interpol says the recent information about the men made terrorism a less likely cause of the plane's disappearance, but that did not allay concerns about the ease of travel involving stolen passports.
"Othello" is a notoriously difficult play, a tragedy laced with love, deceit, and murderous jealousy. Underlying the work is the inescapable issue of race, as Othello the Moor faces the malevolence of all-white Venice.