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Monday, January 14, 2013

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A new analysis is challenging a report that suggests regular marijuana smoking during the teen years can lead to a long-term drop in IQ. (01/14/2013)
Deflecting criticism about a perceived lack of diversity in his second-term Cabinet, President Barack Obama on Monday urged Americans not to rush to judgment about who he will appoint to replace departing members of his team. (01/14/2013)
Minneapolis city housing officials say there is strong interest for developers in a green building program. (01/14/2013)
The city of St. Paul is looking for a new manager to run the troubled St. Paul police crime lab.
Faculty union reps for Minnesota's seven state universities have reached a tentative contract agreement with MnSCU officials.
Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey during an interview Monday that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
Forestry crews are removing hundreds of ash trees from the Fort Snelling Golf Club this week because of emerald ash borer infestation.
St Jude Medical has received a warning letter from the FDA concerning shortcomings found in the testing of medical device components at a California plant.
A federal appeals court ruled today that the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Band does not have to share revenues with the city of Duluth from its downtown casino.
Debt buyers would have to supply more evidence when filing claims against Minnesota consumers under legislation being introduced this week, Attorney General Lori Swanson said Monday.
The president of the National Rifle Association says he would like lawmakers to pay more attention to treatment for violent, mentally ill people rather than restrict gun rights.
At 6.875 percent, Minnesota has one of the highest sales tax rates of any state in the nation. But it's also one of the few states that exempts clothing from the tax.
As the session kicks off at the Minnesota Legislature, we'll look at tax incentives and economic development incentives in the state. What are these incentives? Do they really work to add jobs and maintain a competitive business climate?
House Speaker Paul Thissen said last week that he expected a "robust debate" on energy policy in the state Legislature this session. We'll start the conversation about what we can expect from lawmakers
Even if you don't buy Rihanna's music, you're probably familiar with her name and her pop stardom. That's the brand marketing that her record company does so well. But that hard-sell marketing may be a double-edged sword.
Kerri's book Pick of the Week is Jonis Agee's 2007 novel, "The River Wife." The story is set in rural Missouri and follows three generations of the Ducharme family.
When charter school principal Bondo Nyembwe sees a classroom filled with the children of immigrants, he feels a professional and personal commitment to help them learn to speak English.
Minnesota's David Soto is one of more than 350,000 young people in the country illegally who've won a temporary reprieve from deportation because they came over as children, are educated and have clean records.
For "Presidents Week" on MPR News Presents, a Chautauqua Lecture by historian Timothy Naftali titled, "The Peacock and the Bald Eagle: The Remarkable Relationship between JFK and Eisenhower."
The Minnesota Orchestra on Monday canceled two more concerts in the third week of February, postponed another till next year and transferred a fourth to another promoter.
Former President George H.W. Bush has left a Houston hospital where he spent nearly two months recovering from an illness that began with a bronchitis-related cough.
Minnesota's attorney general is seeking legislation that would force companies that buy bad debts to prove in court that they're using reliable information when they target debtors for repayment.
Suicides in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year. That far exceeds the 295 American combat deaths in Afghanistan in 2012 and compares with 301 military suicides in 2011.
Minnesota lawmakers are being told to expect a new state economic forecast on Feb. 28, but also being warned that more uncertainty from Washington will cloud the picture.
Despite intensive aerial bombardments by French warplanes, Islamist insurgents grabbed more territory in Mali on Monday, including a strategic military camp, bringing them much closer to the capital, French and Malian military officials said.
Today on the MPR News Update, state lawmakers consider extending the sales tax to clothing, farmland prices are so high that new farmers can't find a row to hoe, Ramsey County officials take new steps to combat teen runaways and child sec trafficking, and the Bottineau light rail line in the Twin Cities faces another hurdle today at the Met Council.
Signaling an all-of-the-above approach to reducing gun violence, President Barack Obama said Monday he is reviewing a range of proposals, including executive actions that would bypass Congress, and will present his plan within days.
The number of violent crimes and property crimes reported to police rose in the first half of last year compared with the same period in 2011, with violent crime rising 1.9 percent and property crime up 1.5 percent.
Coca-Cola became one of the world's most powerful brands by equating its soft drinks with happiness. Now it's taking to the airwaves for the first time to address a growing cloud over the industry: obesity.
The chairman of the House Elections Committee, DFL-er Steve Simon of St. Louis Park, joins MPR's Cathy Wurzer with a preview of possible legislation this session.
The new DFL majorities in the House and Senate started the session last week with a message of cooperation and bipartisanship. MPR's Tim Pugmire joins Cathy Wurzer for a look at the week ahead.
President Barack Obama demanded Monday that Congress raise the federal debt limit quickly, warning that "Social Security benefits and veterans' checks will be delayed if they don't," and cautioning Republicans not to insist on concessions in exchange.
Vice President Joe Biden is finalizing a set of recommendations to curb gun violence, which he's expected to hand over to President Barack Obama Tuesday. As this plays out, schools are grappling with the issue of safety.
The husband of a Minnesota woman who was trapped in her overturned car on an icy pond says she's expected to recover.
President Barack Obama will hold a news conference at the White House this morning. He is expected to address the looming fiscal fights with Congress and his administration's efforts to curb gun violence.
A light rail line planned for the northwest metro inches closer to becoming a reality Monday as Met Council officials meet to take preliminary action on the so-called Bottineau line.
Jefferson Bus Lines is starting regional intercity bus service from the new multi-modal transportation center in downtown St. Paul today. The first coach is expected to pull in from Duluth this morning, and depart later for Milwaukee.
As Vice President Joe Biden finalizes a package of recommendations for the president to curb gun violence, the National Rifle Association predicted that Congress is likely to block any new laws that would ban assault weapons.
A month after a gunman killed 26 people at an elementary school, some Newtown parents say the building should be demolished, while others believe the school should be renovated and the areas where the killings occurred removed.
Jodie Foster came out without really coming out, and suggested she was retiring from acting without exactly saying so, in a long, breathless and rambling speech at Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards.
Ben Affleck got some vindication and Jodie Foster made a revelation at the Golden Globe Awards.
On the same day that thousands of people marched through Moscow to protest Russia's new law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, about a dozen Minnesota families concerned about the ban's impact met with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Sunday to discuss how they might be affected by the new law.
Kids waiting for adoption might wonder what the fuss with Russia is all about.
All but seven of the 50 states tax clothing sales, and the idea of extending the sales tax to clothing in Minnesota has been proposed many times in the Legislature. Supporters say it could help stabilize sales tax revenue, while critics worry that retailers would lose a competitive advantage.
High land prices are making it difficult for young farmers. In one of the most volatile and expensive land markets in history, they generally don't have the financial resources to compete with established producers or investors. For those seeking a start, just renting a few acres is daunting.
After months of dropping, gas prices are back on the upswing.
When Michael Furtman goes out to photograph wildlife, he usually doesn't pack an overnight bag. The Duluth nature writer and photographer has taken most of his wildlife photos right in the city.

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