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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ricky Rubio, Deron Williams
Brook Lopez strengthened his push for a spot on the All-Star team with 22 points on 10-for-16 shooting, helping the Brooklyn Nets hold off the Minnesota Timberwolves 91-83 on Wednesday night. (01/23/2013)
Governor's budget
The proposal Gov. Mark Dayton laid out Tuesday adds $80 million a year to Local Government Aid, a longstanding program that supplements the budgets of the vast majority of cities. But some gain a lot more than others in the long run. (01/23/2013)
Federal Reserve building
The city of Minneapolis says the water main break that flooded a busy downtown area earlier this month cost $325,000 to repair. (01/23/2013)
DFLers in the Minnesota House are exploring the economic impact of recent lockouts in Minnesota.
Strong earnings from tech giants nudged the stock market to a five-year high Wednesday.
Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.
State lawmakers and a public data expert on Wednesday said the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources should release the name of the employee who improperly accessed driver's license data on 5,000 individuals.
Miami-Dade School District Superintendent Alberto Carvalho spoke earlier Wednesday at the United Way's Education Forum on the State of Education in Minnesota, and he joins MPR's Tom Crann on All Things Considered.
Transit supporters and opponents are reacting to a call by Gov. Dayton for a new quarter cent sales tax for the seven-county metro area. The money raised would go toward funding more transit projects in the region, including light rail and bus lines.
In the wake of Wednesday evening's community meeting at Washburn High School in Minneapolis over an incident involving a dark-skinned doll that was hanged from a noose, Tom Weber will speak with Minneapolis school superintendent Bernadeia Johnson about what came from the meeting and what other responses or changes the district is contemplating.
Gov. Mark Dayton's sweeping tax and spending proposal faced a second day of scrutiny Wednesday at the State Capitol. Republicans criticized his education budget for not including money to cover $1.2 billion in delayed payments to schools. And the DFL tax chairs in the House and Senate took a wait-and-see approach to his proposed overhaul of the state tax code.
Drug dealers have a new reason to consider the consequences of their trade. Last year, Minnesota prosecutors charged more dealers for murder in overdose cases than at any time in the last decade.
Five of Minnesota's eight House members backed a measure allowing the government's borrowing limit to rise, including Democratic Rep. Tim Walz.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has cut the number of bears that controversial researcher Lynn Rogers can collar near his research station outside of Ely.
Two DFL lawmakers are proposing to create a state grant program that would dedicate $4 million each year to spinal cord and traumatic brain injury research.
Michelangelo Signorile, Editor-at-large for HuffPost Gay Voices, has declared President Barack Obama's second inaugural address as history-making. Signorile joins The Daily Circuit to discuss the impact of this speech going forward.
How can we use health care information and medical data for the common good?
For many years southern presidents dominated American politics -- but now the South appears to be losing influence.
A group of sheriffs and court officials is calling for changes to the state's mental health and criminal justice systems that they say will help reduce gun violence.
On the table this week: butter, and plenty of it. The Splendid Table's Lynne Rosetto Kasper is here to convince us that, when it comes to butter, different really can be better.
Part 1: U.S. Navy Lt. John Kerry's testimony against the Vietnam War, at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 22, 1971. Part 2: Excerpts from Sen. John Kerry's Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing to be U.S. Secretary of State, Jan. 24, 2013.
This week's arctic cold reminds us that climate change does not mean the end of traditional winter weather in Minnesota. But winters are getting warmer.
A pioneering brain tumor researcher at the University of Minnesota has died following his own battle with cancer. John Ohlfest, Ph.D. died Monday, January 21, 2013 of melanoma. He was 35.
The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to permit the government to borrow enough money to avoid a first-time default for at least four months, defusing a looming crisis setting up a springtime debate over taxes, spending and the deficit.
Today on the MPR News Update: Taking a deep dive on Gov. Mark Dayton state budget proposal. Also, Minnesota is setting some national benchmarks for Arctic weather, and some American Indian gang members go on trial.
Halfway through his term, Gov. Mark Dayton holds solid public approval numbers and new polling suggests he would beat ex-Sen. Norm Coleman in a race for governor next year. Fifty-three percent of voters back Dayton's job performance, while 39 percent disapprove, according to survey results released today from the firm Public Policy Polling.
New York City's limit on the size of sugary drinks is an "extraordinary infringement" on consumer choice, a lawyer for the American Beverage Association and other critics said in court on Wednesday. Opponents also are raising questions of racial fairness alongside other complaints.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton faces tough questions in her long-awaited congressional testimony concerning the assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
Are children born good? Or do they develop positive traits such as empathy and altruism as they get older?
A delivery truck loaded with milk from the shuttered Golden Guernsey plant in Waukesha finally made it to La Crosse Tuesday after breaking down in cold weather.
Sen. Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis Democrat, and Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, a Republican from Lakeville, plan to unveil a bill Wednesday to curb the misuse.
It's part of the federally required Point-in-Time Homeless Count. The purpose is to identify people who are homeless and not staying in a shelter on Wednesday night, Jan. 23.
With tacit support from President Barack Obama, House Republicans are moving to try to defuse a potential debt crisis with legislation to prevent an economy-rattling fiscal crisis for at least three months.
Governor Mark Dayton didn't just propose a budget on Tuesday, he also put forward an overhaul of the state's tax system. Dakota County Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord, chair of a group that's made recommendations to simplify Minnesota's property tax system, talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the Governor's property tax proposal.
Among the coldest temperatures recorded Tuesday was 35 below at Crane Lake, Minn. The coldest location in the lower 48 states Monday was Embarrass, Minn., at 36 below. On Sunday it was Babbitt, Minn., at 29 below, according to the National Weather Service.
All levels of education, from preschool to higher ed, would receive increases in funding under Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal.
Duluth resident Sharon Gill has been blind since shortly after birth. Despite that, she has played piano since the age of 3.
Committees in the Minnesota Legislature will start holding hearings Wednesday on the plan that overhauls the state's tax code, erases the projected budget deficit and increases spending by $1 billion.
Winona's limit on rental housing places a heavy burden on people who are unable to sell their homes.

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