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Friday, January 11, 2013

Wausau Paper Corp. plans to divest two of its mills in Wisconsin and one in Minnesota. (01/11/2013)
Costa Concordia
Passengers who survived the terrifying capsizing of the Costa Concordia off Tuscany have come in for a rude shock as they mark the first anniversary of the disaster on Sunday: They've been told they aren't welcome at the weekend's commemorations. (01/11/2013)
Another place where influenza can have a huge effect is in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. (01/11/2013)
Farmers are watching agricultural production in South America this winter as they try to predict the direction corn and soybean prices will take in coming months.
Best Buy shares rose more than 16 percent today to $14.21, following a better-than-expected holiday sales report.
The state Commerce Department says the majority of Minnesotans who buy individual health insurance plans will pay the same or smaller premiums on the state insurance exchange in 2016. But some insurers question the figures.
Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum joined three other House Democrats in asking Vice President Joe Biden to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's ability to research gun violence.
This week, Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr assess the hunt for the Oscars and for Osama Bin Laden, as depicted on the silver screen.
The two groups representing real estate agents in the Twin Cities on Friday said they expect home prices will improve by 8 to 12 percent in 2013.
Presidential historian David McCullough, speaking in 2001 at the Commonwealth Club of California about America's second president, John Adams. In the week before the inauguration, "MPR News Presents" features historians speaking about five American presidents.
A Mayo Clinic researcher is testing the theory that controlling indoor humidity levels can help control the influenza virus in transmission hotspots like schools, hospitals, daycare centers and churches.
The federal government released its final crop report for 2012 on Friday, detailing heavy losses caused by the worst drought the U.S. has experienced since the 1950s.
The flu death toll is climbing, Twin Cities schools are more segregated, civic leaders are looking for answers to gun violence, and the DFL-led Legislature is laying out its priorities, a landmark Minneapolis music venue that's closing up shop and photos of the week. That and more on today's MPR News Update.
New federal government estimates show that this year's flu vaccine has an effectiveness rate of about 62 percent.
A judge on Friday delayed the arraignment of the man charged with the Colorado theater shooting until March.
An American RadioWorks documentary, "An Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era." People share their memories of school integration in the 1960s and 1970s. New studies show that many schools are becoming re-segregated.
A fine day on Lake Superior, the Packers dispatch the Vikings, the Wild return, the Legislature reconvenes, pond hockey's returning, and Ricky Rubio hides under a towel. All that and more in this week's MPR photos of the week.
Jan. 10 brought record warmth to some northern communities. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the warming trend.
A memorial service will be held in Duluth today to honor the life of an acclaimed journalist who had a wonderfully graceful way of telling a story. Sadly, Larry Oakes's own story ended last week in the woods near Hawk Ridge in Duluth. Larry Oakes was a longtime award-winning reporter for the Star Tribune who recently took his own life. Dr. Katharine Nelson, Program Director for the University of Minnesota Psychiatry Residency Program talks about what family members and medical professional can do to try and prevent a suicide.
Authorities in Ramsey County are following runaways as part of a new approach to fighting juvenile prostitution.
Freezing rain is making for difficult driving around Minnesota, particularly in the north central part of the state this morning.
Best Buy this morning reported a decline in same-store sales over the crucial holiday shopping season and said the company would generate less cash than officials had forecast in November.
The 16-year-old boy had allegedly wounded the teenager he claimed had bullied him, fired two more rounds at students fleeing their first-period science class, then faced teacher Ryan Heber.
A judge has ordered the Colorado theater shooting suspect to stand trial, but his attorneys say they're not ready to enter a plea.
The Federal Aviation Administration is undertaking a comprehensive review of the critical systems of Boeing's 787s, the aircraft maker's newest and most technologically advanced plane, after a fire and a fuel leak earlier this week, the agency said Friday.
The state's open enrollment policy is increasing racial segregation in Twin Cities-metro area school districts, says a report out Friday from the University of Minnesota.
A big surge in flu cases and deaths has redefined how health officials are describing the current flu outbreak. The Minnesota Department of Health is now declaring that Minnesota is in the midst of a severe flu season.
Todd Gavin faced two felony and two gross misdemeanor charges related to exams conducted in 2010 after which two women claimed they had been made to remove their clothing were inappropriately touched by Gavin.
The farmer-focused conference runs Friday and Saturday at the River's Edge Convention Center. It offers 36 educational sessions for crop and livestock producers as well as vegetable and fruit growers.
The Crow Wing County sheriff's office issued organizers an event permit Thursday.
Residents of the Dakotas are preparing for a winter storm that could dump as much as a foot of snow in some areas.
Can a house divided against itself stand today? We'll see.
Upon further review, a big scary-sounding asteroid is no longer even a remote threat to smash into Earth in about 20 years, NASA says.
Despite fresh opposition from the National Rifle Association, the Obama administration is assembling proposals to curb gun violence that would include a ban on sales of assault weapons, limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun buyers.
Research shows that Minnesota girls who run from their homes are not only more vulnerable to being sold for sex; they also face a higher risk of being raped or sexually exploited in other ways.

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