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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The 21st annual Great American Think-Off question seems relevant given the recent national debate over the so-called "fiscal cliff." (01/02/2013)
After voting to avert tax hikes for most Americans while raising them on the wealthiest, the 112th Congress is nearly over. MPR News' Washington reporter Brett Neely discusses the aftermath of the fiscal cliff debate and what happens next on Capitol Hill. (01/02/2013)
Key tax credits for the biodiesel and wind industries have been renewed as part of the fiscal cliff legislation. (01/02/2013)
A St. Louis County judge has ordered the controversial Duluth headshop Last Place on Earth to pay for police presence outside its downtown storefront.
It may be the case that little news is good news in the contract negotiations at both of the Twin Cities major orchestras.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says it's found two emerald ash borer-infested trees in the southeastern Minnesota city of La Crescent.
Macy's is expected to announce it plans to close the downtown St. Paul store. As of Jan. 1, 2013, Macy's was free to close without having to pay millions of dollars in penalties to the city.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been speaking with staff and reviewing paperwork from the New York hospital where she is recovering from a blood clot in her head, the State Department said Wednesday.
The University of Minnesota dropped its nonresident tuition four years ago and now it's the cheapest school in the Big Ten for out-of-state students. Is it time to look at tuition prices?
Science journalist Garth Sundem will talk about the most impressive innovations of 2012. We'll discuss everything from artificial DNA to airbag bike helmets and sugar-powered pacemakers.
Fiscal cliff, malarkey and GIF are just some of the words and phrases that were part of the zeitgeist in 2012. Word expert Anatoly Liberman will join us to talk about the words of the year.
Every Thursday, MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner joins The Daily Circuit to talk about the latest research on our changing climate and the consequences that we're seeing here in Minnesota and worldwide.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced last week that he will not run for a fourth term . He'll join us to talk about unfinished business, his legacy and what the future holds.
Twin Cities security officers and janitors are headed back to the bargaining table, after their contracts with maintenance and security companies expired.
A citizens' group in Wabasha has appealed the city's recent decision to allow a Calgary-based company to set up a silica sand transport facility.
A Minnesota-based duo called Kaivama is dedicated to preserving and expanding the Finnish folk music tradition. And as we speak, its two members are tuning up for their midwinter tour.
Once again, the Green Bay Packers are asking the community to help remove snow from Lambeau Field.
The tax deal reached by lawmakers in Washington this week includes help for unemployed workers.
A last-minute deal will keep the U.S. from driving off the so-called "fiscal cliff," but higher taxes and continued political fighting in Washington threaten to shake the fragile economy well into 2013.
A debate from the Intelligence Squared series on the motion, "Science refutes God." Does modern science debunk many of religion's core beliefs? Are there some questions that can only be answered through a belief in the existence of God? Can science and religion co-exist?
Some studies suggest images of skinny models lower the self-esteem of dieters by giving them unrealistic goals. Others say they increase motivation by inspiring dieters about what's possible.
A survey of manufacturers in Minnesota showed rising optimism in December after several months of contraction.
Today on the MPR News Update: Legislation averting the so-called fiscal cliff passed the House Tuesday night with half of the Minnesota delegation voting yes. Musicians and managers of both the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are back at the negotiating table. And state health officials say we could be in for a really bad flu season.
Later today representatives of locked out musicians at the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will sit down with representatives of their respective managements to negotiate.
We'll talk with a mediator about the meetings scheduled today between management and locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Will mediators be able to break the impasse?
Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious disease epidemiology at the Minnesota Department of Health, discussed the situation with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
The new organization will go by the name HealthPartners, but the hospitals and clinics that are part of the system will keep their current names.
The National Weather Service in Chanhassen says 2012 was a warm one in the Twin Cities: Only one other year in the climate data reflected weather as warm as last year.
Air quality in Minnesota's largest urban area cleared a little in 2012, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
The Salvation Army in Minnesota and North Dakota is still pushing to reach its 2012 Holiday campaign goal, after falling about 7 percent short.
Congress' excruciating, extraordinary New Year's Day approval of a compromise averting a prolonged tumble off the fiscal cliff hands President Barack Obama most of the tax boosts on the rich that he campaigned on. It also lays the groundwork for future battles over federal spending and debt.
Minnesota's congressional delegation largely voted along party lines for the legislation avoiding the "fiscal cliff.
New York-area lawmakers in both parties erupted in anger after learning the House Republican leadership decided to allow the current term of Congress to end without holding a vote on aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy.
The legislation avoiding the 'fiscal cliff' did nothing to prevent a temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax from expiring. In 2012, that 2-percentage-point cut in the payroll tax was worth about $1,000 to a worker making $50,000 a year.
It's a tempting fantasy, but it would disrupt the balance of work and reward in our lives.
Legislation to block the "fiscal cliff'' is headed to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature. The House passed the measure on a 257-167 vote on New Year's night, heading off the major tax increases and government spending cuts that had been scheduled to take effect with the new year.
A federal crackdown on illicit foreign supplies of human growth hormone has failed to stop rampant misuse, and instead has driven record sales of the drug by some of the world's biggest pharmaceutical companies, an Associated Press investigation shows.
It seems that virtually every retailer has a program to reward loyal customers, and most shoppers eagerly sign up, looking to save money wherever and whenever they can. Target, Cub Foods and Best Buy all say it's rewarding for their shareholders to reward their customers.
In 1968 the founding of the Metropolitan Community Churches offered a lone spiritual refuge to openly gay Christians, an idea so far from the mainstream that the founders were often chased from places where they tried to worship. Four decades later, some of the most historically important American denominations, which had routinely expelled gays and lesbians, are welcoming them instead.
When looking for authentic food from around the world, it is easy to think about the urban options -- an eating tour of University Avenue or a trip to Eat Street. But there are good global eats hiding out in the suburbs and beyond.

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