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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler
Recent criticism of administrative hiring at the University of Minnesota is not accurate, university President Eric Kaler told a state Senate higher-education committee Tuesday. (01/15/2013)
Two people were shot and killed and a teenager wounded Tuesday in the parking lot of an eastern Kentucky community college, authorities said. (01/15/2013)
Asian Carp
The Department of Natural Resources ran into rough waters Tuesday when officials presented their plan to slow the spread of Asian carp in the Mississippi River. (01/15/2013)
An All Nippon Airways flight made an emergency landing at a Japanese airport after a cockpit message showed battery problems, in the latest trouble for the Boeing 787 "Dreamliner."
The Department of Natural Resources is notifying about 5,000 Minnesotans that an employee improperly accessed their driving and motor vehicle records.
The next court date for the central Minnesota man accused of killing two teenagers in his home has been postponed to spring.
New York-based software company Infor is looking to shrink the size of its St. Paul offices when its lease at Lawson Commons expires in 2015.
The Dayton administration wants to use funds available under the federal health care law to help pay for MinnesotaCare.
Flu season has arrived. Since late last year, the Minnesota Department of Health has classified influenza as "widespread" here in the state. Some are questioning the effectiveness and availability of the flu vaccine.
As the recession winds down, consumer advocates say the problem of abusive practices by debt collectors is on the rise. The issue is getting renewed attention here in Minnesota. Attorney General Lori Swanson announced a proposal this week to tighten regulations for companies that buy up debt and to protect consumers from abuse. Both advocates and debt collectors appear to be supporting the proposal.
Police have arrested a man who allegedly threatened the Wisconsin Capitol on his Facebook page and then told officers he had a molotov cocktail in his backpack after entering the building.
The Minnesota Department of Health says it is aware of some cases where people haven't been able to get flu vaccine from their primary care clinics.
A new collaborative research initiative between two Minnesota health giants will work to improve patient care and lower costs. Announced Tuesday morning, the partnership between Mayo Clinic and UnitedHealth Group's Optum division is the largest health data-sharing effort of its kind in the country.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has suspended an Eagan lawyer accused of having an affair with a client who said he billed her for time they spent having sex.
Poor snow conditions have forced organizers to postpone the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in northeastern Minnesota.
Stocks edged higher on Wall Street after a rally in retail stocks offset concerns about flaring tensions in Washington over increasing the country's borrowing limit.
The new Common Core State Standards in English require that nonfiction texts represent 50 percent of reading assignments in elementary schools, increasing to 70 percent by grade 12.
The American Lung Association will release Wednesday its an annual report that tracks policies related to tobacco and tobacco prevention.
The NRA is arguably the most powerful lobbying group in Washington, but they're facing increasing scrutiny from politicians and citizens alike in the wake of the Newtown shooting. But a majority of Americans still have a favorable view of the group.
Facing powerful opposition to sweeping gun regulations, President Barack Obama is weighing 19 steps he could take through executive action alone, congressional officials said. But the scope of such measures is limited.
Big tuition increases are nothing new to many college students, but Bloomington-based Rasmussen College on Tuesday announced a double-digit cut in its rates.
The Federal Food and Drug Administration has released a warning letter to Little Canada-based St. Jude Medical over a plant in California that develops the wires connecting an implantable defibrillator to a patient's heart.
The head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis says the central bank's current easy money policy needs to be pushed further.
If you've ever wanted to know the most popular TV shows among your Facebook friends who are doctors, or wanted to see all the photos any of your friends have taken in Paris, the world's biggest online social network has the answer.
Today on the MPR News Update, the leader of the NRA visits Minnesota, assigning blame for bike-car crashes, lagging gambling revenue for the new Vikings stadium, and a new twist for ALS patients.
Sixteen presidents before Barack Obama got a second chance at giving an inaugural address for the ages. Most didn't make much of it.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it's notifying about 5,000 people after an employee accessed their driving and motor vehicle records without authorization.
The Department of Public Safety is releasing a report Tuesday outlining a state task force's vision for treating and sheltering youth victims of sex trafficking.
The plan for reducing gun violence that the White House will release this week includes 19 steps that don't require legislative action by Congress, lawmakers who have been briefed on the administration's thinking tell The New York Times, Politico and other news outlets.
Historian Ronald White gives a Chautauqua Lecture about President Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address on March 4, 1865. This is "Presidents Week" on MPR News Presents, leading up to President Barack Obama's second inauguration on Jan. 20, 2013.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro speaks at the JFK Library in Boston about his latest biography, "Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson." Leading up to Inauguration Day, this is "Presidents Week" on MPR News Presents.
So that's why the Dakota Jazz Club's calendar has been conspicuously blank for the remainder of this week and weekend. The space has been rented out by none other than Prince.
Jon Meacham speaks at the Commonwealth Club of California about his new best-selling book "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power." This is "Presidents Week" on MPR News Presents, leading up to Inauguration Day.
You might have thought the discussion of a new Vikings stadium at the Capitol was over last May. But the financing plan for the new stadium is off to a slow start. The House Commerce Committee is will assess its progress this week at the Capitol.
New Minnesota legislation introduced this week would require companies that buy up debt from credit card companies and banks to show more proof to go after Minnesotans owing money.
There's been much debate in recent months over the best way to reduce the nation's deficit, but one local doctor says he believes sin taxes could help solve our fiscal crisis and promote healthier lifestyles.
Lance Armstrong has finally come clean. After years of bitter and forceful denials, he offered a simple "I'm sorry" to friends and colleagues and then admitted he used performance-enhancing drugs during an extraordinary cycling career that included seven Tour de France victories.
You might have thought the discussion of a new Vikings stadium at the Capitol was over last May. But the financing plan for the new stadium is off to a slow start, and the House Commerce Committee will assess its progress this week at the Capitol.
Despite a projected billion-dollar state budget deficit, early childhood education advocates are pushing for a major investment in programs that help prepare disadvantaged children for school.
Drivers and cyclists are both to blame in many bike/vehicle crashes, according to new numbers released by the City of Minneapolis.
The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is investigating why a 3-year-old boy was left on a bus for about three hours in freezing temperatures.
Sanford has main offices in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Fargo, N.D. It has opened a number of medical facilities outside of its main service area.
The Minnesota Department of Revenue says it won't begin processing paper filings before Jan. 30.
The Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition is returning to this year's St. Paul Winter Carnival.
A Muslim couple is suing United Airlines for alleged racial discrimination after they were asked to leave a Minnesota-bound flight in 2011.
A drug trial that intrigued doctors who treat patients who have ALS, including Bruce Kramer, of Minneapolis, has ended.
Leadership should rethink its relationship with the public, too.
Choice is the theme common to all of the stories in Scott Dominic Carpenter's new collection of short stories, "This Jealous Earth."
President Barack Obama endorsed controversial bans on weapons, as well as stricter background checks for gun buyers -- but conceded he may not win approval of all in a Congress reluctant to tighten restrictions.

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