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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Minneapolis is one of the 61 cities across the coutry don't have enough money to pay their pension obligations, according to a new report out today by the Pew Charitable Trusts. (01/16/2013)
NASA is partnering with a commercial space company in a bid to replace the cumbersome "metal cans" that now serve as astronauts' homes in space with inflatable bounce-house-like habitats that can be deployed on the cheap. (01/16/2013)
Thieves would have a tougher time trading in stolen metal for cash under a new bill introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar. (01/16/2013)
Believe it or not, there are still ships on the Great Lakes headed for Duluth even though the harbor there is clotted with ice. Their routes are made possible by the Coast Guard Cutter Alder.
The White Earth Band of Ojibwe in northwestern Minnesota could become the first member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe to revise its constitution and completely change the rules for who can be a tribal member.
Democrats on Capitol Hill, including Minneapolis Rep. Keith Ellison, are introducing legislation that would abolish the government's debt ceiling.
There's something serious brewing in northeast Minneapolis. The bar story of 2012 was the explosion of taprooms in the Twin Cities. As the New Year begins the pace isn't slowing.
Oliver Burkeman, writer for The Guardian, says efforts to clear your life of negative thoughts can often lead to more anxiety and unhappiness.
This week on Climate Cast, we'll look at 2012 being the 10th hottest year on record globally and warming predictions based on current greenhouse gas emissions.
If you've had to see a doctor or stay at a hospital in the last decade, chances are Dr. Arnold Milstein influenced the experience.
As the debate over gun violence heats up in Washington, there's plenty of talk about keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. But who falls under that category?
Your 20s and 30s can make a huge dent in your wallet while you're trying to pay off school debt, starting a new mortgage and managing an expanding family. We'll take your questions about handling finances as a young adult.
President Barack Obama's series of proposals to reduce gun violence announced Wednesday drew a mix of reactions from Minnesota's Congressional delegation and prominent local officials.
The Coast Guard Cutter Alder is stationed in Duluth to cut through the ice and keep shipping channels open. The 2,000-ton boat can ram through ice that's 3 feet thick, and leave a trail of open water even in the depth of a Duluth winter.
The school's administration says the four-year arts college was unable to weather the current economic crisis and continue to meet the financial and academic needs of its students. The school has made arrangements with MCAD for current students.
A new report on Somali women in Minnesota sheds light on the resistance of Somali women to cesarean sections, prenatal care and family planning.
Proposals for curbing gun violence announced Wednesday by President Barack Obama.
Along with stories about U of M hiring, sex trafficking, the flu and food stamp programs, we spent a lot of time Wednesday talking about guns. President Obama offered his specific proposals to help decrease gun violence after the attacks at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater and the Dandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
President Barack Obama intends to nominate B. Todd Jones, Minnesota's U.S. Attorney, as director of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
President Barack Obama's broad effort to reduce gun violence will include proposed bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines as well as more than a dozen executive orders aimed at circumventing congressional opposition to stricter gun control.
The venture is called The Actives Factory and it's based in Two Harbors. The university says it will extract and synthesize naturally occurring chemicals from birch bark to manufacture cosmetics, nutritional supplements, and eventually drugs and industrial products.
Forty-seven-year-old Jodi Anne Montavon is charged with defrauding American Bank of the North of $1.5 million.
Ramsey County is taking steps to make sure that military veterans who find themselves in criminal trouble can get the help they need -- and get their lives back on track.
A new government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years, the same period in which the supercharged drink industry has surged in popularity in convenience stores, bars and on college campuses.
Students are being transported to Johnson Senior High School until they can be picked up by parents. Some children were already en route to school by bus.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who oversaw a moratorium on offshore drilling after the BP oil spill, will step down in March, Obama administration officials said Wednesday.
As President Barack Obama prepares to release his gun control proposals today, we'll check in with the director of a Minnesota group that met with Vice President Joe Biden last week.
As religious as this country may be, many Americans are not religious at all. The group of religiously unaffiliated -- dubbed "nones" -- has been growing. One-fifth of Americans say they're nones, as are one in three under 30. They're socially liberal and aren't looking for an organized religion.
Whole Foods has played a key role in propelling organic foods into the mainstream. The specialty supermarket chain has more than 300 stores and plans to continue expanding. But outspoken founder and co-CEO John Mackey is not the crunchy granola liberal one might conjure while perusing aisles of earnestly labeled blue corn chips and gently misted red peppers.
The proposed new constitution includes a controversial provision that would change the requirement for tribal membership, includes more checks and balances in the governance system, and term limits for elected officials.
Nearly six in 10 Americans want stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last month's deadly school shooting in Connecticut, with majorities favoring a nationwide ban on military-style, rapid-fire weapons and limits on gun violence depicted in video games, movies and TV shows, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
President Barack Obama is announcing a $500 million package of executive actions and legislative proposals aimed at reducing gun violence a month after a mass shooting in Connecticut killed 20 elementary school children.
Differing values won't end the world, but they can end relationships.
Residents in far southeastern Minnesota will have a chance to learn about the spread of emerald ash borer at a meeting tonight at the La Crescent City Hall.
A report from the Department of Public Safety outlinines a state task force's vision for treating and sheltering youth victims of sex trafficking. A panel of prosecutors, police, advocates and others is recommending a $13 million plan, and most of the money would go toward housing these kids.
In Minnesota, leaders of the SNAP-ed program are scrambling to figure out how to absorb cuts instituted in the fiscal cliff deal. They say nutrition educators will reach fewer people, in fewer places.
Photography is magic. That's how Xavier Tavera describes the art form. It can snatch up a split-second of life and turn it into an everlasting moment. Then there's the way it bridges the gap between strangers.

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