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Thursday, January 24, 2013

A missing northwestern Minnesota man has been found dead in a field, a possible victim of exposure to the cold. (01/24/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Revenue released a list of the items Thursday night that would be taxed under Gov. Mark Dayton's budget plan. Dayton announced earlier this week that he wanted to expand the sales tax to clothing items above $100 and business and consumer services, but did not give much in the way of specifics. (01/24/2013)
A Washington County resident whose records were accessed by a Department of Natural Resources employee has filed a lawsuit in federal court. (01/24/2013)
If Gov. Mark Dayton was hoping Minnesota newspapers would endorse his tax plan on their editorial pages, he may be disappointed. Dayton faced criticism on his budget proposal Thursday when he gave a speech to the Minnesota Newspaper Association at its annual convention in Bloomington.
Three Woodbury police officers won't be indicted in last summer's fatal shooting of a 19-year-old who was trying to flee a hostage situation at a motel, prosecutors announced Thursday.
The mining industry is holding a job fair on the Iron Range on Friday as mining employment in northeast Minnesota is growing.
All over Minnesota on Thursday, communities were counting the number of people who are homeless. The annual one-day count is required by the federal government.
A new book called "Somalis in Minnesota" takes a look at how some of our newest neighbors are settling, and the ways they're contributing to their new home.
Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines plans to move its headquarters to the Twin Cities by May. The airline, which provides regional air services for Delta Air Lines, has about 500 employees at its Tennessee headquarters.
Iran continues to thwart U.N. efforts to inspect its nuclear program. The U.S. has increased economic sanctions on Iran. Can Israel live with a nuclear Iran, or could the time be near for a pre-emptive strike? Four experts debate the statement: Israel can live with a nuclear Iran.
The sale of a financially struggling ethanol plant in southern Minnesota is the latest evidence of tough times in the renewable fuel business.
Some Minnesota business leaders say the governor's sales tax proposal is a terrible idea that would hurt the state's economy.
As the cold snap continues, advocates for the homeless say they are worried about the safety of people living without shelter in outstate Minnesota.
Ten Minnesota cities are getting payments as part of a class action lawsuit against the makers of the herbicide Atrazine.
A Puerto Rican medical and dental provider has joined the Mayo Clinic as the newest member of its care network.
Now that the ban on women in combat has been lifted, what will be the effect on the military?
Recent publications from the ENCODE project have shown that the parts of our genome that were thought to be junk, are in fact functional. What does this discovery tell us about ourselves? And has genetics become data crunching rather than lab based experiments?
Some signs indicate Minnesota's influenza outbreak is slowing, but the state Department of Health isn't yet ready to say that it has peaked. "We still have a lot of influenza activity out there," said the agency's Kris Ehresmann.
After life as a Pulitzer Prize-winning play and then an Oscar-nominated film, "Doubt" by John Patrick Shanley will have its world premiere as an opera this weekend in St. Paul. Shanley, who wrote the libretto for the Minnesota Opera production, said it is the most complete telling of his story about a priest accused of impropriety.
A new strain of stomach bug sweeping the globe is taking over in the U.S., health officials say.
Minnesota Zoo conservation biologist Jeff Muntifering checks in with The Daily Circuit about his work with rhinos in Namibia.
The borderline-crazy skaters of Crashed Ice are back in town. Lawmakers are looking into plugging data privacy breaches. Police want tougher laws preventing the mentally ill from arming themselves. And we look at butter. Fresh, creamy butter.
Legislation introduced today in the Minnesota Senate would authorize a bust of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun for display inside the State Capitol.
You might think activity in a small township in northern Minnesota would come to a standstill when the temperature drops to 42 below zero.
Firefighters from several agencies are battling a restaurant fire in Hibbing where temperatures are 17 below zero.
The Minnesota Senate has confirmed two of Gov. Dayton's appointments.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, St. Paul City Council member Chris Tolbert and St. Paul City Council member Melvin Carter III tried out the Red Bull Crashed Ice course in St. Paul on Thursday. The Crashed Ice World Championship begins Thursday and runs through Sunday.
Sen. John Kerry, President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of state, told the Senate Foreign Relations committee Thursday that the United States must get its fiscal house in order to lead worldwide, as lawmakers signaled his confirmation was a foregone conclusion. It was an odd juxtaposition. Kerry has served on the committee during his entire 28 years in the Senate and has chaired the panel for the last four.
President Barack Obama will nominate Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, tapping an attorney with broad experience in prosecuting white-collar crimes to lead an agency that has a central role in implementing Wall Street reform.
U.S. Bank National Association has agreed to settle a discrimination complaint filed by a disabled Minnesota man who applied for a mortgage.
This week on the Friday Roundtable, our panelists will discuss the expectations and political roadblocks for President Obama as he begins his second term.
Demand for office and health care products helped lift 3M's fourth-quarter profit, despite a slowdown in other parts of the company's business.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to the lowest level in five years, evidence that employers are cutting fewer jobs and may step up hiring.
Bill Burton, a former Deputy Press Secretary in the Obama White House, speaks today at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota. He talked about the Obama presidency with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
The Pentagon's decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat presents a daunting challenge to top military leaders who now will have to decide which, if any, jobs they believe should be open only to men.
The Minnesota State Patrol says Michael Brodkorb's car struck the wall of a bridge along 35E in Mendota Heights Wednesday about 9 p.m. Wednesday and came to rest against a concrete median barrier.
The star athlete and confessed doper has multiple messages for us. Which one do we listen to?
A variety of people -- a doctor, an insurance agent, the course designer and a mother -- told us their opinions on ice cross downhill racing, the sport featured in the second annual Crashed Ice event this weekend in St. Paul.
Manufacturers have been using technology to cut blue-collar jobs for years. Now, they're targeting their white-collar workers, too.
From giant corporations to university libraries to start-up businesses, employers are using rapidly improving technology to do tasks that humans used to do.
With 19 days compressed into about one minute, the Red Bull Crashed Ice course construction near the Cathedral of St. Paul is documented in a time lapse video.
The Pentagon is lifting its ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after generations of limits on their service, defense officials said Wednesday.
On Jan. 11, four students wrapped string around the neck of a dark skinned doll and hung it in a stairwell. The students posted pictures of the doll online, provoking an outcry from parents, students and members of the community.

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