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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

About half of all domestic violence homicides in Minnesota last year involved firearms, a report says. (01/29/2013)
A humble 5-cent coin with a storied past is headed to auction and bidding is expected to top $2 million a century after it was mysteriously minted. (01/29/2013)
A Minnesota judge has ordered the release of confidential Boy Scout records on sexual abuse from 1999 to 2008. (01/29/2013)
The River's Edge music festival, which debuted last year on St. Paul's Harriet Island, is taking a hiatus.
It's going to be a little harder to keep fish at one of the state's most popular fishing spots this year. Concern about walleye in Lake Mille Lacs where the population is at its lowest level in decades has prompted regulators to cut the total amount of walleye that can be taken from the lake. It's a measure aimed to balance the needs of the lake's ecosystem and the region's economy.
Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature blasted the Gov. Mark Dayton's budget plan today because they say it would force middle income Minnesotans to pay more in sales taxes. Dayton disputes the claim and says that by lowering property taxes and the sales tax rate he is creating a fair playing field for all Minnesotans.
Hennepin County prosecutors Tuesday charged a Maple Grove city council member with perjury and for financially exploiting her ailing father before he died last year.
The state budget office has launched a website about how a health insurance exchange will work in Minnesota.
At least 1 in 10 patients are readmitted after a hospital stay. As more hospitals are rated on their readmissions, the current issue of JAMA is focused on their prevention. ATC medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg talks about the factors that lead to return hospital stays, and what could change to decrease their occurrence.
Culturally specific theaters historically are at a disadvantage when it comes to maintaining fiscal stability.
President Obama will be in Minneapolis on Monday, according to White House officials. The purpose of his visit is unclear.
Verso Paper Corp. plans to sell the closed Sartell paper mill to AIM Development (USA) LLC, according to a company statement released Tuesday.
At a time when government spending is shrinking, can charities step in to fill the gap? Are charities more effective than government?
Doctors' reluctance to discuss mistakes leads to more errors that harm patients and damages the culture of medicine in the U.S., says Dr. Brian Goldman, a veteran ER physician.
Governor Mark Dayton is proposing to add $80 million to local government aid in his new budget. LGA is money provided from the state to cities and counties. Not all of these local governments, however, stand to benefit equally.
Southdale Internal Medicine is moving away from accepting insurance and come April will only accept Medicare. Other patients will be able to look at the clinic's price list and pay cash for the services they want.
Researchers have attached GPS collars to moose in Voyageurs National Park in an effort to help determine why so many are dying in the region. The study focuses on how climate change affects moose behavior and how moose use habitat to avoid warm temperatures.
Minnesota's adult smoking rate is much higher than public health officials previously thought. A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 19 percent of Minnesota adults smoke.
Nearly every week, ranger pilot Steve Mazur flies a small, two-seater plane over the forests of Voyageurs National Park. His mission: to help biologists keep tabs on about 50 moose that live in and around the park.
Racers in the Arrowhead 135 ultra marathon in far northern Minnesota battled nearly a foot of snow that fell during the race.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday heralded a rare show of bipartisanship between the White House and Senate lawmakers on principles for putting millions of illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship.
Timbuktu is back in Mali's hands, thanks to help from the French and other Western powers. It was ruled by Islamist militants since early last year. I made the trip to Mali, a land-locked country in West Africa, in January 2009 as part of a team working on a USDA-sponsored sustainable agriculture project.
As the nation ponders how to stop the next mass shooting, the gun rights movement offers a straightforward formula. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre last month. In Washington state, one such "good guy" -- a private citizen who drew his gun in defense of others -- paid a heavy price.
It's the MPR News Update. In the news today, Minnesota state workers are getting closer to their first pay raise in more than three years. St. Paul considers shutting down drug evidence testing at its troubled police crime lab. Sen. Amy Klobuchar introduces a plan to make it easier for American companies to hire skilled foreign workers. And Edina schools will start before Labor Day.
What if the biggest flaw within the courts wasn't corruption or bad evidence, but our own brains? How can psychological science improve the justice system?
Twin Cities home prices posted healthy gains in November, according to the latest Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller home price index.
It's impossible to separate walleye in Mille Lacs Lake from the long-simmering controversy on Ojibwe treaty rights.
Facing diverse and ceaseless protests, the Boy Scouts of America is signaling its readiness to end the nationwide exclusion of gays as scouts or leaders and give the sponsors of local troops the freedom to decide the matter for themselves.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday swiftly and unanimously approved President Barack Obama's choice of Sen. John Kerry to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state.
Sens. Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota, and Orin Hatch, of Utah will introduce a bill today designed to help legal immigrants with advanced skills in technology and science continue living and working in the United States.
The 800-mile route closely follows the Mississippi River through Minnesota -- from the headwaters at Itasca State Park to the Iowa border.
Details of the settlement with the families of three former students at Heights Community School were not disclosed because of a confidentiality order by the court.
Boston Scientific has major operations in Maple Grove, Plymouth and Arden Hills, including stent operations and cardiac rhythm management.
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools puts Minnesota at No. 1 in its latest rankings of charter school laws.
The Edina School Board has approved a plan to start school before Labor Day, despite the objections of many parents.
Feared outcomes of the amendment have come to pass anyway. And, as it turns out, they're not so fearful.
Now about brooms -- witch's brooms, to be exact. Small, tightly woven masses of branches that can appear high up in pine trees across northern Minnesota. These "brooms" are actually the genetic source of a lot of the landscape plants and shrubs sold at nurseries. They're not often easy to retrieve.
Side by side, leading Democratic and Republican senators pledged Monday to propel far-reaching immigration legislation through the Senate by summer providing a possible path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people now in the U.S. illegally.
Buying your own health insurance will never be the same. This fall, new insurance markets called exchanges will open in each state, marking the long-awaited and much-debated debut of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
The U.S. economy is a study in contrasts. The housing, banking and auto industries are surging back to health and that has helped push the stock market to a five-year peak. Yet unemployment remains high and hiring modest.
Jobless Americans are paying millions in unnecessary fees to collect unemployment benefits because of state policies encouraging them to get the money through bank-issued payment cards, according to a new report from a consumer group.

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