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Monday, January 28, 2013

As state legislative sessions advance, lawmakers are debating whether to expand their Medicaid programs as provided by President Barack Obama's health care law. (01/28/2013)
J.C. Penney is bringing back sales. The struggling department store chain this week will begin adding back some of the hundreds of sales it ditched last year in hopes of luring shoppers who were turned off when the discounts disappeared, CEO Ron Johnson told The Associated Press. (01/28/2013)
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Virgin Galactic has agreed to start paying New Mexico rent on the nearly quarter-billion dollar spaceport the state built for British businessman Richard Branson's space tourism business, but it says it is doing so under protest and without waiving its right to walk away from the project, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. (01/28/2013)
A two percent across-the-board pay hike for state employees is one step closer to reality.
The spokesman for former New York City Mayor Ed Koch says he has been re-admitted to the hospital two days after he was released.
St. Paul police may decide to pay the state to conduct all drug analysis rather than resume testing at the troubled St. Paul police crime lab.
Dense fog and periods of drizzle, perhaps freezing drizzle, will hamper travel in much of the southern two-thirds of Minnesota and into Iowa and Wisconsin.
The Taste of Minnesota festival may return to St. Paul this summer, three years after it was forced into bankruptcy.
Levels are declining of a suspected carcinogenic chemical found in fish in the Mississippi River, show data from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
A racketeering trial involving three members of a Native American gang began Monday morning in federal court.
About two dozen Minnesota cities and counties whose sales taxes piggyback on the state's would see a gusher of new money if Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed sales tax expansion prevails.
A new report on drug trends in the Twin Cities shows heroin use remains a growing problem, while the abuse of opiate-based pain killers, like methadone and OxyContin, may be slowing.
Maria Genne, the founder and artistic director of Kairos Dance, used to have a career that focused on dancing with young people. But as she grew older, Genne began looking at how she could create dance in which everyone felt welcome, and how music and storytelling could be used to stimulate the minds and bodies of the elderly in ways modern science is only beginning to fully appreciate.
Maria Genne, the founder and artistic director of Kairos Dance, used to have a career that focused on dancing with young people. But as she grew older, Genne began looking at how she could create dance in which everyone felt welcome, and how music and storytelling could be used to stimulate the minds and bodies of the elderly in ways modern science is only beginning to fully appreciate.
The struggling department store chain this week will begin adding back some of the hundreds of sales it ditched last year in hopes of luring shoppers who were turned off when the discounts disappeared.
Long-form episodic television like Mad Men and Homeland is challenging Hollywood features and even novels for storytelling quality and cultural dominance.
Peter Asher began a singing career in 1964, as one half of the group, "Peter & Gordon," but Asher's greatest musical success came in a different form - record producing and management.
Minnesota House leaders join us to discuss Gov. Dayton's budget proposal, which calls for increased revenue and spending.
President Barack Obama will outline his immigration proposals Tuesday, Jan. 29 at a speech in Las Vegas, Nev. His speech comes a day after a bipartisan group of eight senators presented a blueprint for immigration reform.
The Boy Scouts of America is considering ending its ban on gay leaders and scouts.
Kerri's book pick this week is The Marseille Caper, the second mystery novel by bestselling author Peter Mayle featuring ex-pat American sleuth Sam Levitt.
More than half of Minnesota adults included in a 2011 survey had an adverse childhood experience that could be linked to poor health outcomes later in life, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Monday.
A western Minnesota man is suspected of opening fire after arguing with two men, killing one and wounding the other.
A Minnesota fisherman is accused of catching hundreds of fish over the legal limit.
State and tribal officials have agreed to slash the maximum walleye harvest from one of Minnesota's most popular fisheries, Mille Lacs Lake, by half this year.
The Boy Scouts of America is considering a dramatic change in its controversial policy of excluding gays as leaders and youth members.
President Barack Obama on Monday turned to law enforcement leaders in three communities with mass shootings for help in getting Congress to pass tough new gun legislation.
In the news today, freezing rain and snow has greased up the roads in the southern third of the state. Minnesota lawmakers begin sifting through the details of Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal. A Twin Cities business finds new uses for unwanted city trees. And medical experts wonder about the business of saving people who can't, or won't, help save themselves.
Malian soldiers entered the city of Timbuktu on Monday after al-Qaida-linked militants fled into the desert having set ablaze a library that held thousands of ancient manuscripts ablaze.
Some clinics are already out of the vaccine, but the viral illness is still widespread in Minnesota, and the demand for the vaccine is still high.
Tim Pugmire is keeping track of all the budget drama and he joins MPR's Phil Picardi this morning for an update.
Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal released last week includes a significant increase for early childhood education.
A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.
Driving across much of the southern third of Minnesota is a mess this morning, with slippery roads and a thick fog advisory in the area. Roads from Lake City to Austin are in the worst condition.
Minnesota Management and Budget officials will present an overview of the spending provisions in the plan Monday morning to members of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Minnesota is a one of a handful of states that mandates students start school after Labor Day, unless a district obtains a special waiver from the state. Efforts to change that law have failed at the legislature in recent years.
The Ashland County Sheriff's Office says 34-year-old James Hudson, of Bayfield, broke through in the channel between Long Island and the mainland.
Extreme cold has thwarted a Minnesota climber's third attempt to become the first person to summit Alaska's Mount McKinley solo in the dead of winter.
Amid the killing fields, genocide feels personal.
Anyone who has driven along the North Shore of Lake Superior recently has likely noticed huge stands of dead birch trees. In recent years, several factors, including hungry deer, drought, development and thin, rocky soil, have drastically changed the forest in one of Minnesota's most popular and scenic areas.
State lawmakers begin debate on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's budget this week. Among the many proposals: the governor wants to double state funding for mental health programs in schools. The new money would pay for independent mental health professionals to support existing school programs.
A broader sales tax that will bring in about $1 billion in additional revenue a year is a cornerstone of Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed state budget. The governor is also considering hundreds of millions of dollars in sales taxes that go uncollected because the transactions take place online.
The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline is up two cents over the past two weeks.
When crews must cut down trees after an infestation, the wood is normally chipped up and burned. But some are being salvaged and reused along with many other unwanted urban trees at Wood from the Hood in Minneapolis, another outpost in the trend toward all things local.

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