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Friday, January 18, 2013

A baby girl is in critical condition and three other family members are being treated after their sport utility vehicle went through the ice on Lake Minnetonka. (01/18/2013)
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A day after the U.S. officially recognized Somalia's government for the first time in two decades, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was set to ask thousands of Somalis in Minneapolis on Friday to help rebuild their country. (01/18/2013)
Susan Lynch
Those medical privacy rules you run into at hospitals, pharmacies and in your own doctor's office are getting an update. (01/18/2013)
Minnesota dog and cat breeders would be subject to a new state regulatory process under legislation backers say is aimed at rooting out puppy mills that occasionally make headlines with horrific stories of animal mistreatment.
Regulators have closed a small lender in Minnesota, making it the second U.S. bank failure of 2013 after 51 closures last year.
As lawmakers cast around for ways to curb gun-related violence, some are hoping the insurance market might offer incentives. A bill filed Friday in Massachusetts would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance in the event that a firearm is used to injure.
Public defenders have launched a huge effort to review and potentially challenge thousands of drug convictions that relied on evidence from the troubled St. Paul police crime lab.
The U.S. Department of Energy will rewrite energy efficiency standards for furnaces that were scheduled to go into effect in May for Minnesota and other northern states. The agency was poised to require newly installed furnaces in those cold-weather states be at least 90 percent efficient.
The Environmental Protection Agency has verified for the first time that some corn rootworms have developed resistance to genetically modified corn sold by Monsanto. Rootworm resistance is suspected in a number of Midwest states, including Minnesota.
Housing advocates say they are pushing for more affordable housing across the state this session, adding that they hope Gov. Mark Dayton will make preserving affordable housing and building new housing among his top priorities this year.
Minneapolis school district officials will hold a public meeting on Wednesday to address a racial incident at a high school in south Minneapolis.
Hockey players from across the country have descended on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis for the annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championships.
Minnesota's legislative auditor said Friday he was investigating a data privacy breach at the Department of Natural Resources in which an employee accessed the driving or motor vehicle records of about 5,000 people without authorization.
Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann made improper payments to an Iowa state senator who was the state chairman of her failed 2012 presidential campaign, a former campaign aide said in a complaint filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission.
Authorities say police fatally shot an 83-year-old North Mankato man after he fired at officers following a three-hour standoff.
A Twin Cities group that advocates for gay and lesbian students held its annual conference at Hamline University on Friday.
As many as 800,000 thousand people are forecast to attend President Obama's second inauguration on the National Mall on Monday. Among them will be Minnesotans of modest means and some of the president's biggest campaign contributors.
Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis discuss "Amour," "The House I Live In" and "Tchoupitoulas" during this week's Cube Critics.
National Public Radio's continuing coverage of President Barack Obama's second inauguration.
A state representative has asked Minnesota's legislative auditor to investigate a data privacy breach at the Department of Natural Resources.
The interim president of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra says he's ready to keep talking to locked-out musicians, despite the players decision to lift a media blackout on the talks.
A federal appeals court today upheld Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all of their collective bargaining rights, a victory for Republicans.
Preservationists hope Minneapolis will be forced to preserve Peavey Plaza, now that it's been listed in National Register of Historic Places.
Two things soared big time during President Barack Obama's first term: the national debt and the stock market. So what gives?
The Republican-controlled House will vote next week to permit the government to borrow more money to meet its obligations, a move aimed at heading off a market-rattling confrontation with President Barack Obama over the so-called debt limit.
Today in the NPR News Update we look into a ruling affecting bald eagles near wind turbines, offer a photo tour of Minnesota's burgeoning breweries, note the increase in flu deaths, and review Prince's Minneapolis gigs. Also: Women at the gun range.
Search warrants say a hacksaw, reciprocating saw, bleach and pistol are among 33 items collected by police investigating a dismemberment homicide case in Ramsey County.
The Transportation Security Administration confirms that it is getting rid of airport body scanners that produce a naked image of travelers.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer speaks to University of Minnesota Climatologist, Mark Seeley, about the weather.
Kerri's book Pick of the Week is Richard Ford's "Canada." She says the book is about "a family on the precipice of a dramatic change."
His six-piece horn section marched out NOLA-style, cycling through a funky, complex melody, followed by a drummer, bassist, guitarist, and three back-up singers. Prince himself emerged on the dark stage soon after. Andrea Swensson, of The Local Current blog, talked about the show with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
Minnesota is experiencing another year of low snow, prompting the cancellation of ski and dogsled races around the state. What impact are the mild winters having on Minnesota's economy?
On the eve of the long-delayed NHL season opener, we'll check in with Bob Kurtz, radio play-by-play announcer for the Minnesota Wild.
Some days it feels like Minnesota is awash in fresh ales, lagers, stouts and porters, and we've pulled together a collection of MPR photography over the past year or so from our coverage of this burgeoning trend and the people behind it.
North St. Paul police Capt. Dustin Nikituk says fights broke out in several of the common areas at North High School Thursday. He describes the scene was chaotic.
Police released few details about the shooting that came after a three-hour standoff at a home on the North Mankato hilltop Thursday.
A Rochester pastor is charged with a felony for shooting and wounding his granddaughter after mistaking her for an intruder last month.
His six-piece horn section marched out NOLA-style, cycling through a funky, complex melody, followed by a drummer, bassist, guitarist, and three back-up singers. Prince himself emerged on the dark stage soon after and leaned into a microphone set up at a pair of keyboards. "I dare you to sit down," he teased.
Somalia's new president on Friday will urge his Somali-born compatriots in Minneapolis to help rebuild their homeland.
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued final rules aimed at cutting air pollution from Minnesota's taconite plants that contribute to haze over the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs and Isle Royale National Parks.
The federal government has listed Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis on the National Register of Historic Places.
The newly released case numbers brings the state's influenza death toll to 60 so far this flu season. However, the Minnesota Department of Health says there's nothing particularly unusual about the situation.
He was certain his "fate was sealed" when longtime friend, training partner and trusted lieutenant George Hincapie, who was along for the ride on all seven of Armstrong's Tour de France wins from 1999-2005, was forced to give him up to anti-doping authorities.
Even in Downton Abbey, it's best not to rely on good looks.
Most Americans think jarring economic problems will erupt if lawmakers fail to increase the government's borrowing limit. Yet they're torn over how or even whether to raise it, leaning toward Republican demands that any boost be accompanied by spending cuts.
Four years ago he was the fifth-youngest president to take the oath of office. Now Barack Obama is 51, his hair more gray, his face more lined. Perhaps most important, he seems more convinced of a need to keep the public with him, coming full circle to his people-driven 2008 campaign.
Women are a growing market for gun sales in this country, but a gender gap persists when it comes to their attitudes about gun control. Polls show women are more likely to favor certain gun restrictions. Last month's mass shooting in Connecticut has sparked a nationwide discussion about how to reduce gun violence.
National Guard soldiers from eight states will be in Minnesota next week to test their skiing and shooting skills. The Guard sponsors regional biathlon competitions for guard teams from across the country. Winning brings bragging rights for the Guard teams, as well as the chance to compete against national teams around the world.
National Guard soldiers from eight states will be in Minnesota next week to test their skiing and shooting skills. The Guard sponsors regional biathlon competitions for guard teams from across the country. Winning brings bragging rights for the Guard teams, as well as the chance to compete against national teams around the world.
This session's tax debate at the State Capitol is expected to include proposals aimed specifically at lowering property taxes. Democrats in the Minnesota House have already introduced a property tax refund measure among their early, priority bills. Gov. Mark Dayton will announce his approach next week as part of a broader tax reform plan.

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