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Thursday, January 17, 2013

A study released Thursday compared obesity rates for young poor children in the nation's two largest cities over nine years. (01/17/2013)
President Barack Obama's proposed ban on new assault weapons and large-capacity magazines struck a nerve among rural lawmen and lawmakers, many of whom vowed to ignore any restrictions. (01/17/2013)
He did it. He finally admitted it. Lance Armstrong doped. (01/17/2013)
Toyota Motor Corp. has settled what was to be the first in a group of hundreds of pending wrongful death and injury lawsuits involving sudden, unintended acceleration by Toyota vehicles, a company spokesman said Thursday.
A scarcity of research on how to prevent gun violence has left policymakers shooting in the dark as they craft gun control measures without much evidence of what works.
Management at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra on Thursday have canceled several more concerts, as negotiations continue with the locked-out musicians. Musicians say they have decided to no longer honor a media blackout requested by a federal mediator.
Rumors at school are nothing new, but social media allows rumors to spread much faster and further than before. A growing number of school officials these days are finding themselves in situations of social media management and damage control.
State Sen. Ron Latz responds to points made by Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole, who told MPR News that because a legislative body has not approved President Barack Obama's executive orders, it's not a law he can enforce.
The Fergus Falls High School marching band is on its way to Washington, where the band will march in the Inaugural Day Parade on Monday.
Minnesota conservation groups, farmers and researchers joined a Louisiana-based group on Thursday to discuss threats to the Mississippi River and ways to overcome them.
Minnesota may see some drought relief in February, March and April, according to the U.S. Climate Prediction Center.
Federal officials have given a developer the green light to move ahead with a controversial wind project in southeastern Minnesota that, if approved, would be the first time a wind farm has been given permission to legally kill bald eagles.
Panelists discuss and debate the ideas put forth by Nate Garvis in his book "Naked Civics." Can cultural tools, as Garvis writes, really bring more positive change than political debate?
Much of the post-election chatter concentrated on the impact of America's changing demographics had on the results. What do these realizations mean for America in moving forward with an inclusive agenda?
Antonia Juhasz joins The Daily Circuit to discuss her reporting on the conflict over Afghanistan's developing oil and gas sector.
The BBC looks at Johnny Cash's impact on prison reform in America. After spotting musician and songwriter Glen Sherley in Folsom Prison, Cash fought to get him released, but was his attempt to rehabilitate him worth it?
NPR's David Greene talks with a group of young adults who've struggled with the role of faith and religion in their lives. They do not speak of emptiness without religion, but recognize that it fills needs. They talk of having respect for religion, but say that it's not something they identify with now.
In the crucial holiday shopping season retailers added 3,900 jobs but the construction industry eliminated 3,500 jobs.
Four students at Washburn High School are facing scrutiny for hanging a dark-skinned baby doll by its neck with a piece of string, according to a statement released Thursday by the school district.
The curtain could soon fall on smoking as part of theatrical productions in Minnesota, under legislation introduced Thursday.
Pauline Friedman Phillips, who under the name of Abigail Van Buren, wrote the long-running "Dear Abby" advice column that was followed by millions of newspaper readers throughout the world, has died. She was 94.
Two northern Minnesota men have been indicted in connection with the armed robbery of a Kelliher bank.
Today on the MPR News Update: Does having a gun in the home put family members more at risk? Also, a county sheriff in Minnesota says he won't enforce new federal gun restrictions. Expectations for pull-tab gambling revenues are shrinking. And we take a look at the burgeoning Minnesota brewery business.
The Commerce Department said Thursday that builders broke ground on houses and apartments last month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 954,000. That's 12.1 percent higher than November's annual rate. And it is nearly double the recession low reached in April 2009.
Denis McDonough is currently one of the president's closest national security advisers. People familiar with the White House thinking say Obama will likely pick McDonough, however an official decision has not been made.
A bill aimed at helping homeowners who are going through the foreclosure process was introduced Wednesday in the Minnesota House. The main portion of the bill looks to curb the controversial "dual tracking" practice with regards to homes in the foreclosure process.
Some county sheriffs around the country have announced that they will not enforce new federal gun laws that they feel are unconstitutional. One of them is the sheriff in Minnesota's Pine County, Robin Cole. Sheriff Cole explained his position to Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered the U.S. fleet of Boeing 787 planes to be grounded, citing an incident in Japan earlier today in which one of the jet's batteries emitted smoke. The Japanese report came a week after a similar incident occurred in Boston. The FAA says that its safety directive will also likely be followed in other countries, as well.
Nearly 700 pages of internal St. Paul Police Department emails offer more evidence that top officials knew about problems with the crime lab's drug testing unit months before it was shut down.
A bill to create a key part of the federal health care law in Minnesota sailed through its first committee Wednesday on a party line vote.
Just as a suicide sparked the Arab Spring, Swartz's death could start something bigger.
State officials concede they are likely to miss even revised estimates of how well electronic pull-tabs will perform financially, concluded a House commerce committee meeting which examined the plan to pay for the new Vikings stadium. The situation has Minnesota lawmakers pondering backups for their backup plans.
Minnesota is catching up with the rest of the country and experiencing a "beer boom." In just the last two years, the number of breweries in the state has nearly doubled, driving a proliferation of local beers.
Lenders took possession of fewer U.S. homes in 2012 than a year earlier, as the pace of new homes entering the path to foreclosure slowed and banks increasingly opted to allow troubled borrowers to sell their homes for less than what they owed on their mortgage.
More than 20 years ago, the CDC angered gun rights supporters when it reported that a gun in the home is more likely to be used on the resident than on an intruder. Some Minnesota gun owners dispute the data, and say having a gun at home has helped them protect their families and their property.

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