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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Gabriel Bourque, Niklas Backstrom
Martin Erat scored an unassisted goal for Nashville with 8:15 left when Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom couldn't clear the puck cleanly, and the Predators earned their first victory by beating the Wild 3-1 on Tuesday night. (01/22/2013)
Minneapolis is considering changes to its conflict of interest policy, after citizens raised concerns about the city's planning commission. (01/22/2013)
Deb Holman, Benny Taylor
As the cold snap continues, advocates for the homeless say they are worried about the safety of people living without shelter in Greater Minnesota. (01/22/2013)
Fans watching NFL games on television have grown accustomed to the imaginary yellow line that runs across the field in accord with the first-down marker. That first-down line could one day become part of the in-game experience at all 32 NFL stadiums.
The herbicide Imprelis was pulled from the market in October 2011, but its impact only recently is becoming clear. Imprelis is now blamed for the deaths of thousands of trees in Minnesota and many more nationwide.
Three members of a violent American Indian gang are facing trial in what prosecutors say is one of the largest gang cases to come out of Indian Country.
A shooting on a Texas community college campus wounded three people Tuesday and sent students fleeing for safety as officials placed the campus on lockdown, officials said.
Among the proposals in Gov. Mark Dayton's budget plan are of number of changes to the state's local government aid formula and local governments' collection of property tax.
Key numbers to know when filing your 2012 tax returns, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
The alternative minimum tax or AMT has been patched -- permanently -- and several tax credits and deductions that technically expired at the end of 2011 were extended as part of the fiscal cliff legislation that Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed into law in January.
There's no question Beyonce's rendition of the national anthem was a roaring success. The mystery: was it live or lip synced?
An infant girl has died after being pulled from her family's submerged sport utility vehicle in Lake Minnetonka last Friday.
Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing Minnesotans pay a lower overall sales tax rate but wants to apply the tax to more goods and services, including clothing items over $100.
More than 35 percent of Americans have tried to diagnose an ache or pain using the Internet, according to a new study by the Pew Internet and American Life project.
Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing Minnesotans pay a lower overall sales tax rate but that it should be applied to more goods and services, including clothes over $100. Here's a closer look at what purchases would be subject to the sales tax under the governor's plan.
Tom Weber will get reaction to Gov. Dayton's budget plan from two education officials on Wednesday's The Daily Circuit.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford discusses his latest novel, "Canada," narrated by a retired teacher whose parents robbed a bank to get out of a financial bind.
Minnesota Senate leaders react to Gov. Mark Dayton's budget plan that focuses on new spending for K-12 schools and early childhood education.
Ward Wilson and Paul Bracken join The Daily Circuit to discuss and debate which countries need nuclear weapons and why.
Recent statistics from the CDC show that the current flu vaccine is only 62 percent effective. We'll speak with a local doctor who wants to know why we can't do better.
About 300 Blockbuster stores across the country will be closed by Dish Network Corp., the owner of the video rental chain. About 3,000 employees will lose their jobs.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has appointed a veteran agent to lead its operations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.
On the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, a rebroadcast of "The Vietnam Tapes: Letters from a Willmar Soldier." Willmar's Daniel Kleven served in the US Army in Vietnam in 1970. It's an extraordinary window into the life of a soldier in combat during this turbulent time in America's history.
Plenty of fresh challenges lie ahead for President Obama and his team today, the first working day of the second term. Obama will quickly confront three fiscal deadlines that demand cooperation with the Congress, including raising the debt ceiling, which the House scheduled for a vote Wednesday.
School children across northern Minnesota are enjoying an extra day off today because of frigid cold weather.
Calling for an end to "gimmicks and fiscal games," Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday proposed an overhaul of Minnesota's tax and budget system that would raise hundreds of millions more from high-income taxpayers and high-dollar clothing sales, and pump much of the new money into education and property tax relief.
Today on the podcast, the governor lays out a budget and tax agenda, lawmakers consider climate change, some businesses are trying harder to offer feedback to those they run away for jobs, and we have a photo gallery of frigid Martin Luther King Day events in the Twin Cities.
Gov. Dayton released his budget and tax proposals this morning to the 2013 Legislature. Here are some of the highlights.
Gov. Mark Dayton is releasing his budget proposal, and his key advisers are suggesting that the plan will mark a cultural change in Minnesota government. But Dayton, who has not been shy about calling for higher taxes, will be laying out an agenda that could put him in a politically dicey position.
Marian Wright Edelman, the founder of the Children's Defense Fund spoke Monday, January 21 at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
MPR's Tim Pugmire joins Cathy Wurzer this morning with a preview of Gov. Mark Dayton's two-year budget proposal, which he will release today, that must solve a projected $1.1 billion deficit in the next biennium.
U.S. builders started work on homes in December at the fastest pace in 4 years, the government said last week. And builders finished 2012 as their best year for residential construction since the early stages of the housing crisis.
Climate change is the focus of a series of joint hearings this month at the Minnesota Legislature. The first hearing today features a discussion about the impact on groundwater.
We're hearing for the first time from one of the people caught up in the story that led to retired Gen. David Petraeus' resignation from the post of CIA director last November.
An Army general facing court-martial deferred entering a plea Tuesday on a series of sexual misconduct charges.
While most eyes were fixed on President Barack Obama during the presidential inauguration, a family from Kasson was watching for the Marine standing guard at the door of the White House.
Increasing amounts of triclosan, a common antibacterial agent used in soaps and other products, has been detected in Minnesota lakes, according to the results of a new University of Minnesota study.
Starting Thursday, 200 skaters from around the world will hurl themselves down a steep, icy track starting at the Cathedral of St. Paul.
Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to release his budget proposal on Tuesday, and his key advisers are suggesting that the plan will mark a cultural change in Minnesota government. But Dayton, who has not been shy about calling for higher taxes, will be laying out an agenda that could put him in a politically dicey position.
By today's politically polarized standards, the Supreme Court's momentous Roe v. Wade ruling 40 years ago was a landslide. By a 7-2 vote on Jan. 22, 1973, the justices established a nationwide right to abortion. But the ruling's legacy is the opposite of consensus.
Increasing amounts of triclosan, a common antibacterial agent used in soaps and other products, has been detected in Minnesota lakes, according to the results of a new University of Minnesota study.
Minnesotans Citizens Concerned for Life is hosting the Tuesday rally, which draws thousands to St. Paul each year. The group will announce its agenda for this legislative session.
According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010, 88.2 percent of Minnesota students graduated after four years in high school.
Both groups are striving to improve the worlds in which they live.
Does your workplace have a social media policy that prohibits you from posting anything work-related on Twitter, Facebook or other social media channels?

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