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Friday, February 1, 2013

The Department of Agriculture has proposed a new "Smart Snacks in School" rule that aims to promote more healthful options in school vending machines, snack bars and cafeterias across the country. (02/01/2013)
Fernando Rames
The government continued to shed jobs in the first month of 2013, while the private sector again posted solid -- if not robust -- gains, the Labor Department reported Friday. (02/01/2013)
The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it should not be forced to further limit Xcel Energy's emissions from a power plant in Sherburne County. (02/01/2013)
The stadium authority charged with building the Vikings a new home in Minneapolis will make an announcement next Friday regarding the builder of the new stadium.
As Minnesota Orchestra musicians prepare for a celebratory concert, conductor Osmo Vanska says worries about the lock-out's effect on the orchestra
Some state lawmakers say questions the wisdom of financing public improvements around the Mayo Clinic's proposed expansion in Rochester. The health care provider announced a plan this week for investments totaling more than $5 billion over the next two decades that rely on about a half a billion dollars in taxpayer money. Even Gov. Mark Dayton expressed concern about the precedent it would set, but he said he doesn't want Minnesota to lose the clinic's headquarters.
A teenager pleaded guilty Friday in the shooting death of 5-year-old Nizzel George last summer in Minneapolis. George was struck and killed by a bullet fired from outside his grandmother's house, as he was sitting on her couch.
The nomination of B. Todd Jones to become the permanent head of the ATF could be in for a bumpy ride. Jones is the interim director of the agency, and is also the U.S. attorney for Minnesota. This week a former FBI special agent cast doubt on Jones' ability to head the ATF. Another critic backs up those complaints, while the list of Jones' defenders is growing.
Six people filed a federal lawsuit today alleging law enforcement officers violated their civil rights by giving them large amounts of marijuana to get high.
Patrick Hunt, president and CEO of Minneapolis-based advertising agency Hunt Adkins, joins The Daily Circuit to discuss the best and the worst of this year's Super Bowl ads.
Contempo Physical Dance hits the Cowles Center stage in Minneapolis (Feb. 1-3) with the world premiere of "Batuque." The company blends contemporary movements with Afro-Brazilian dance and capoeira martial arts.
The Dow closed above 14,000 on Friday for the first time in more than five years. It was enough to raise the hopes of some investors and cause others concern about an overheated market. And it brought reminders of a different era, back before the financial crisis rocked the world economy.
Self defense is the most common reason given for owning a gun, but what would happen if you actually needed to use that gun in self defense?
The National Journal recently laid out a 12-step program to get the GOP back on track. The steps include "Go Big on Education" and "Let the Libertarian Flag Fly."
Why aren't high-achieving, low-income students going to elite colleges and universities? Turns out, they're not applying.
An election task force recommended last month that Minnesota reconsider whether felons should be allowed to vote once they leave prison.
Rochester is in the middle of transition. The city's flagship employer, the Mayo Clinic, proposes to invest billions of dollars over the next two decades to attract more patients, as well as add tens of thousands of new jobs to southeastern Minnesota. But there's a missing piece to the plan before Rochester can become a global medical destination.
The River Room restaurant in the Macy's downtown St. Paul store served its last patron this afternoon, ending decades of tradition in downtown department stores.
The med-tech industry complains a new tax, part of the federal health care overhaul, creates an unfair and unwise burden that'll impede innovation and kill jobs.
Schoolchildren joined NASA managers and relatives of the lost crew of space shuttle Columbia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the tragedy and remember the seven astronauts who died.
State officials say they're investigating the death of two people in south-central Minnesota Friday, following a 130-mile an hour chase through three counties.
The Dayton administration says a program designed to increase quality for 100,000 Medicaid patients will also save the state $90 million over the next three years.
Dakotas-based Sanford Health is planning a $1.8 million clinic in the Minnesota city of Bagley this year.
The family of one of six people killed in an attack on a Minneapolis office last year is suing the company and the attacker's estate.
New Minnesota campaign finance reports show that spending on the fight over an unsuccessful constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage topped $18 million last year
Today on the MPR News Update: Some better economic news coming from Wall Street and the job market; some pharmacists are now consulting with patients via webcam; we ride along on a train trip through Mexico with Central American immigrants; and your photos of Minnesota in January.
Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis discuss the 2013 Oscar-nominated short films, "Warm Bodies" and "Stand Up Guys" in this week's Cube Critics.
The Mayo Clinic announced a plan this week to spend $3.5 billion in capital investments at its Rochester campus over the next 20 years. It is also asking for money from the state.
U.S. employers added 157,000 jobs in January and hiring was stronger over the past two years than previously thought, providing reassurance that the job market held steady while economic growth sputtered.
Ed Koch rescued the city from near-financial ruin during a three-term City Hall run in which he embodied New York chutzpah for the rest of the world.
A suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the entrance of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital on Friday, killing himself and one other person, officials said.
Fooled us once? Then please fool us again.
Much of the debate over immigration in the United States focuses on the southern border with Mexico. For people in the United States, the story might appear to start there. But for migrants from Central America, the U.S. border comes after a long, often harrowing, traverse of Mexico.
Minnesota Public Radio is inviting you to share your images on Flickr. If you do, we may pick your work to appear on MPR's Minnesota Today, and in a monthly gallery right here. We're looking for general interest photos of all kinds: wildlife, landscapes, festivals, events, rural scenes, urban life, outdoor recreation, sports, lutefisk - pretty much anything that you think reflects life in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Below you'll find our picks for January (and one or two from December that were too good to pass up).
The people behind "Painter, Painter" at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis are quick to admit the show of abstracts asks more questions than it answers.
A NASA top official wrestled with what he thought was a hypothetical question: What should you tell the astronauts of a doomed space shuttle Columbia?
"Work doesn't pay" is a complaint you'll hear from a lot of part-time students in Minnesota. They say the state's financial aid program penalizes them for holding a job while attending school. They're asking lawmakers to reconsider the formula.
A federal push to get public schools to include more disabled students in sports puts Minnesota in the spotlight as a model. Disabled students have been playing sports here since the 1970s. Since then, Minnesota officials have modified existing sports for disabled athletes and confronted the challenges that come with running such programs, including specialized coaching and higher transportation costs.
After two strong years, college and university endowments lost ground slightly during the fiscal year ending last June 30.

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