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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ice storm
As darkness sets in and the moisture cools , freezing rain becomes a concern for travelers. (01/10/2013)
Consumer Electronics Show
Googling the nearest gas station, sending email from your smartphone, or booking a table at a restaurant: Those are all things you shouldn't do while driving. But so many drivers have grown accustomed to their on-the-go tasks that automakers are increasingly trying to make those things easier to pull off with both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road. (01/10/2013)
James E. Holmes
A judge ruled late Thursday that there's enough evidence for James Holmes to face trial on charges that he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a Colorado movie theater last summer. (01/10/2013)
Newly-released documents shed light on why the Metropolitan Council rejected URS Corporation for engineering work on the planned Southwest light rail line.
A boy abducted 19 years ago in northeastern Indiana by his paternal grandparents has been found living in Minnesota under a different name, police said Thursday.
University of Minnesota physics professor Dan Dahlberg is a also the ringmaster for the Physics Circus.
Music is a time honored part of worship in most religions. For many Ojibwe people in northern Minnesota, hymns are much more than an expression of religious devotion. They represent a unique piece of Ojibwe culture tribal that members are trying to preserve.
The new DFL majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate have begun introducing bills they say are aimed at improving health care, education and the state's minimum wage.
A spike in flu cases in Minnesota has some questioning whether employers should be required to offer their workers paid sick time.
During a special two-part Roundtable live from the State Capitol, we'll talk with journalists covering the 2013 session.
A new "far detector" facility in Ash River, Minn. is set to be partially running this spring. Researchers will be using the five-story building, which sits mostly underground, to catch tiny particles called neutrinos.
BBC space correspondent Jonathan Amos and astronomer Marek Kukula look back at the biggest stories of 2012. They'll also look ahead to two comets and plans for the Mars Curiosity Rover in 2013.
Continuing our discussion live at the state Capitol, we'll take a look at the Legislature's plans for tax policy in 2013. Will Democrats and Republicans be able to compromise?
Minnesota health officials are reporting 23 flu deaths in the past week in one of the state's biggest outbreaks in years.
President Barack Obama nominated White House chief of staff Jack Lew to be secretary of the Treasury Thursday, declaring his complete trust in an aide with three decades of Washington experience in economic policy and a penchant for shunning the limelight.
A student was shot and wounded at a rural San Joaquin Valley high school Thursday and another student was taken into custody, officials said.
Today on the MPR News Update, a look at the top priorities of the DFL leaders in the new legislative session, the deal that sells off big chunks of the Supervalu grocery chain, and the nominations -- and snubs -- for the Academy Awards.
Minneapolis-based Ryan Companies will build the new downtown St. Paul home for the minor league Saints baseball team, after winning a competitive bidding process.
After decades of hosting live music, the West Bank institution has closed its doors and vacated its ancient two-story building on the corner of Cedar and Riverside Avenues.
After a quiet weather morning Minnesotans will be served up a sample of winter-like conditions with light freezing rain developing later today, particularly north of the Twin Cities.
Policy makers, police and prosecutors from the Upper Midwest are holding a one-day gun summit in Minneapolis Thursday.
Amtrak's president and CEO says operating losses last year were the lowest in nearly 38 years.
Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis will host the event again this year, and organizers say they have the 12 inches of ice needed.
Federal regulators for the first time are laying out rules aimed at ensuring that mortgage borrowers can afford to repay the loans they take out.
Health officials say more than 900 people have been hospitalized as the national flu outbreak hits hard in Minnesota.
Struggling grocery giant Supervalu is selling five of its chains to an investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management in a deal valued at $3.3 billion including debt.
The Civil War saga "Lincoln" leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, director for Steven Spielberg and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.
Chaska police say they've made an arrest for a threat that closed the local high school Tuesday.
Public health officials say the influenza picture that's developing appears to be pretty typical even though our recent mild flu years may have made it seem like flu is nothing to get too concerned about.
Newly-released video provides further insight into a fatal police shooting in St. Paul.
St. Cloud police have identified the man who died after driving an SUV into a school last week.
State regulators who investigated the Minnesota Security Hospital after a patient stabbed his mother while on a pass in May said there is no indication the facility mishandled the incident.
No amount of landscaping, planting and buffering will protect the habitat of neighboring wildlife.
At a dinner Wednesday evening, a top aide to Gov. Mark Dayton urged business leaders to work with the governor to fix the state's long-term budget problems and assuage a mostly anti-tax audience leery of what the DFL majority may do in the upcoming session.
DFL and Republican lawmakers wasted no time this week in unveiling a bill to establish a state health insurance exchange. Federal and state deadlines give legislators barely 10 weeks to get the bill through 14 House and Senate committees.
A seminar to help businesses learn how best to hire and retain veterans will take place in Duluth on Friday.
Federal regulators for the first time are laying out rules aimed at ensuring that mortgage borrowers can afford to repay the loans they take out.
Gun violence is just one of many factors contributing to lower U.S. life expectancy, but a study's finding took on urgency because the report comes less than a month after the shooting deaths of 26 people at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
A study shows that nearly half of the firearms recovered from crime scenes in Minnesota were first bought locally. A regional conference on gun violence takes place in Minneapolis today. Attendees include law enforcement leaders, elected officials and scholars who study crime and violence are expected to participate and share information and examples of how to reduce gun violence.
Bassist Omer Avital, whose family hails from Morocco and Yemen, grew up in Israel. Surrounded by one tradition but raised in another, he has long absorbed a variety of styles, including European classical music. But the vehicle he chooses to express his creativity is jazz. He performs Thursday at the Jewish Community Center in St. Paul.
The atmosphere is warmer. But is that a problem? Is global warming simply a temporary, cyclical phenomenon or evidence of a slow motion crisis? How much of what's happening can be traced to humans and their industries? What, if anything, should be done to stop climate change? Is climate change real?

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