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Monday, January 7, 2013

At the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, 3M is showing off a very large touch-screen. (01/07/2013)
Matthew Pulis
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has reissued an alert for a man missing since October. (01/07/2013)
Dozens of gay and lesbian former military service members who were discharged due to their homosexuality will receive the rest of their severance pay under a settlement approved Monday by a federal court. (01/07/2013)
The race to make TVs larger and larger has created a colossal problem for manufacturers: As screens grow, picture quality worsens — unless the viewer moves farther away from the screen.
Grants to build eight new biking and hiking trails across the state have been awarded by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Police have asked Minneapolis prosecutors to review allegations of police brutality against two officers seen on video arresting a suspect in AuguSt. Paul police have asked Minneapolis prosecutors to review allegations of police brutality against two officers seen on video arresting a suspect in August.st.
Repairs are nearly complete on the downtown Minneapolis water main that ruptured on Thursday.
Metro Transit workers voted Monday to approve a new three-year contract.
People who lived in the two states that saw the most deadly U.S. mass shootings in 2012 were less enthusiastic about buying new guns at the end of the year than those in most other states, according to an Associated Press analysis of new FBI data.
Our Milky Way is home to at least 17 billion planets that are similar in size to Earth, a new estimate suggests. That's more than two Earth-size planets for every person on the globe.
Death rates from cancer are continuing to inch down, researchers reported Monday.
Sen. Al Franken is praising President Barack Obama's pick of former Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary.
A national education reform group has given Minnesota poor marks on its education laws and policies. StudentsFirst ranked Minnesota 26th among all states.
An advisory task force has forwarded proposed legislation to Minnesota lawmakers that would dramatically expand the Capitol complex security force.
Scientists do not fully understand how trees die. Why do some live and others die? How long does the process take? What is the impact of stress? Nate McDowell is one of the scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory trying to find answers.
Last August, the St. Paul theater company, facing a financial crisis, cut staff and suspended all programming indefinitely. Today, Penumbra announced it will resume production in the spring.
The misinterpretation of scientific research is all too common. Even people who bill themselves as experts may not be presenting the best information.
Recycling is not only better for the environment, it's an integral part of a growing economic engine in the state. Experts say people are throwing away resources that those businesses need.
Ten major banks agreed Monday to pay $8.5 billion to settle federal complaints that they wrongfully foreclosed on homeowners who should have been allowed to stay in their homes.
St. Louis County sheriff's deputies are looking for two men who allegedly used police emergency lights to attempt to pull over a female driver.
Authorities say a suspect fled from a vehicle following a police chase in Clay County and was found dead the next day, apparently of hypothermia.
The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes for a new session at noon today and for the first time since 1990, there is a DFL governor and DFL majorities in both the House and the Senate.
Controversy surrounds both choices, but the president called on the Senate to quickly confirm both. "The work of protecting our nation is never done. We've got much to do," Obama said today.
Today on the MPR News Update, Minnesota legislators are getting ready for the start of the 2013 session this week, and an MPR news analysis finds the public is unable to find out a lot about their possible conflicts of interest. Bar and restaurant owners in downtown St. Paul await the return of the Minnesota Wild. And last year's drought has dried out the soil so much that some homes in southeastern Minnesota are sinking.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals today provided a graphic account of why Minnesota locks up people after they've served their prison time under the theory that they might offend again.
President Barack Obama nominates former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense and John Brennan to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
The Obama administration spent more money on immigration enforcement in the last fiscal year than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined, according to a report on the government's enforcement efforts from a Washington think tank.
The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from The Real Truth About Abortion, Inc., which was formerly called The Real Truth About Obama, Inc.
Union leaders say proposed contract gives workers a 2 percent raise in each of the next three years. Health benefits remain the same.
The Minnesota Council on Foundations says the annual survey of its members shows there will likely be a modest increase in grant-making in the coming year.
President Obama will nominate former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense today. We'll look at the reaction in Washington to the news, and take a look at Hagel's qualifications.
A wildlife biologist says that South Dakota's pheasant boom could go the way of the Black Hills gold rush of 1870s -- as in, it might disappear.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been saying all season that the playoffs are the goal this year. Now they're putting their money where their mouth is.
Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is meeting with education officials at an Eagan middle school to discuss ways to ensure school safety in Minnesota.
Sleepy Eye police investigated the threats after they were notified of a Facebook posting. Investigators say the threats were directed at several area schools.
MPR News business reporter Annie Baxter joins The Daily Circuit to talk about the outlook for Minnesota manufacturing in 2013.
The Science Museum of Minnesota is in the middle of its Science Fusion series - four afternoons in January dedicated to celebrating and encouraging diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). What are some of the challenges facing minorities interested in STEM, and how can they be overcome?
NHL management and the union representing players are expected to ratify a deal ending the lockout later this week. Cathy Wurzer discussed the situation with Mike Russo who covers the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune.
President Barack Obama on Monday will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, two potentially controversial picks for his second-term national security team.
An MPR News analysis of the disclosures by current and incoming lawmakers finds that the forms do not provide meaningful information that could alert the public to potential conflicts of interest.
Many downtown St. Paul businesses are watching anxiously as National Hockey League owners and the players' union each prepare to take up a proposed deal that may end this season's lockout.
From Rochester, Minn., to Sioux Falls, S.D., homeowners have reported shifting foundations and cracks in basements and walls related to the drought.
new legislative session gets under way this week, with Democrats running the show for the first time in 25 years. That means Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, will work with a DFL-controlled House and Senate that should be more receptive to his tax and spending proposals.
Hurry, hurry. Step right up to the University of Minnesota's "Physics Circus."

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