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Monday, February 4, 2013

Rosa Parks' commemorative stamp
Hundreds of people, including some of Michigan's political elite, gathered Monday to celebrate the late Rosa Parks on what would have been her 100th birthday by unveiling a postage stamp in her honor steps from the Alabama bus on which she stared down segregation nearly 60 years ago. (02/04/2013)
The Iraq War veteran charged with killing a former Navy SEAL sniper and his friend on a Texas shooting range had been taken to a mental hospital twice in the past five months and told authorities that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, police records show. (02/04/2013)
Authorities stormed an underground bunker Monday in Alabama, freeing a 5-year-old boy and leaving his increasingly agitated captor dead after a week of fruitless negotiations that left authorities convinced the child was in imminent danger. (02/04/2013)
Essie Mae Washington-Williams, the mixed-race daughter of one-time segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond who kept her parentage secret for more than 70 years to avoid damaging his political career, has died. She was 87.
With a broader debate about violence prevention underway across the nation, state lawmakers today introduced nearly a dozen bills aimed at strengthening the public mental health system for children.
A trip to the principal's office is something dreaded by students, and often the last resort for teachers. But Minnesota schools are looking for ways to keep students in the classroom and out of the principal's office by training teachers to better help students understand how to behave in school.
The southern Minnesota dairy farmer at the center of a controversy over raw milk sales faces new criminal charges.
Christina Romer, past chair of President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers and Keith Hennessey, past director of President George W. Bush's National Economic Council, speaking together at the annual Walter E. Hoadley annual economic forecast given at the Commonwealth Club of California.
An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a hefty federal pot tax.
As more Americans are living, family is no longer the central organizing feature of society. What are the implications of this shift?
Kerri's book pick this week is Nate in Venice by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo. Kerri is as interested in the company that published the novella as she is in the book itself. Instead of Random House, Russo's usual publisher, Nate in Venice was released by Byliner, a company that publishes digital-only short stories, novellas, and non-fiction meant to be read in under two hours.
The latest installment in director Michael Apted's "Up" series opens in Minneapolis later this week. We'll talk to the director and one of the subjects of the films.
Today is the first day of hearings being held by the Minnesota House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee on gun laws. We'll also discuss the laws enacted by other states and the impact they've made.
This week on Climate Cast, meteorologist Paul Huttner joins us to examine how a warming planet could make "megafloods" more likely. We'll also take a look at FEMA's new flood maps that significantly expand flood zones.
President Barack Obama used the first visit to Minnesota of his second term to push for a series of gun control measures he wants Congress to approve.
With the fate of his gun proposals on Capitol Hill uncertain, President Barack Obama is seeking to rally support from the public and law enforcement community for his calls to ban assault weapons and install universal background checks for gun buyers. He's visiting Minneapolis today as part of that campaign.
As the Superdome's energy provider and stadium management try to determine what caused a 34-minute power outage at Sunday's Super Bowl, local officials are hoping the incident won't leave a black eye on the city or prevent the league's big game from coming back to town.
On Monday, scientists announced they had rescued the remains of Richard III from anonymity - and the monarch's fans hope a revival of his reputation will soon follow.
President Barack Obama is in Minneapolis to push for tougher gun laws and highlight some of the things Minneapolis has done to reduce gun violence.
Today on the MPR News Update: President Obama visits north Minneapolis to talk about guns. Twin Cities homebuyers are finding surprisingly few homes for sale as the housing market recovers. And Minnesotans have a chance to comment this week on whether moose and other animals should be considered endangered species.
Some Republicans are pining for a repeat campaign for Minnesota governor by former state Rep. Tom Emmer.
Republican lawmakers planned to announce changes Monday to the bill designed to make it easier to open a massive open pit iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin near Lake Superior.
President Barack Obama is visiting Minneapolis as Mayor R.T. Rybak and other mayors from across the country are looking at a way to put direct pressure on gun makers.
New Secretary of State John Kerry reported for duty Monday, acknowledging that as Hillary Rodham Clinton's successor he has "big heels to fill" and promising to protect U.S. foreign service workers from terrorist attacks overseas.
A special from the America Abroad series, "Obama's Foreign Policy Challenges: The Next Four Years." Syria, Iran and the Middle East, military, leadership and economic concerns in Asia, and the continuing economic crisis in Europe.
Only eight of 23 hunters bagged elk during northwestern Minnesota's 2012-13 season despite the addition of a January hunt.
Emotions are expected to be running high this week at the State Capitol when lawmakers begin discussing several bills designed to prevent gun violence. Reporter Tim Pugmire previews the week ahead with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi.
The Hennepin County medical examiner says 31-year-old Harland Dietrich and 87-year-old Mary Ann Haram were both pronounced dead just after 7 p.m. Saturday at Hennepin County Medical Center.
The author and former Navy SEAL who was one of two men slain at a Texas gun range was the defendant in a defamation lawsuit by former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura.
President Barack Obama planned to be in Minneapolis on Monday to push for tougher gun laws and highlight some of the things Minneapolis has done to reduce gun violence. He comes here as Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and other mayors from across the country are looking at a way to put direct pressure on gun makers.
A Nobel Prize-winning economist is receiving an honorary degree from the University of Minnesota.
The glut of homes that the housing crisis dumped into the real estate market has largely dried up. By the end of last year the supply of homes for sale in the Twin Cities hit its lowest level in 10 years. Reluctant sellers are partly responsible for those low inventories. Many home owners still feel uneasy about putting their homes up for sale.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants the public to weigh in on whether it should consider moose, Canada lynx, and about 180 other plant and animal species to be endangered, threatened or of special concern.

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