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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The results of the non-binding poll came after a long night of caucusing around the state among Republican voters. The DFL Party held their own caucuses, but with Mark Dayton and Al Franken seeking re-election Democrats did not conduct a straw poll for the governor or Senate race. (02/04/2014)
An analysis of Minnesota court records spanning six years found nearly 310,000 convictions of people driving when the law says they can't. (02/04/2014)
The number of people dying from heroin overdoses rose again last year in Hennepin County, making 2013 the deadliest on record for heroin-related deaths in the state's most populous county. (02/04/2014)
Biathlon combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting and dates back to Norwegian ski troops in the late 1700s. Here's what you need to know when you watch the Sochi games.
Research has shown that access to high quality jobs, education and housing are associated with improved health.
An executive of Target Corp. says the retailer has taken actions to shore up security following the massive breach of millions of consumers' data during the holiday season. He urged banks, retailers and the government to work together to protect consumers.
Part 1: Hear the former Second Lady of the United States, Joan Mondale, in a 1995 MPR interview when she was living in Japan with Walter Mondale, US Ambassador to Japan. And, President Jimmy Carter speaks about his friend, Joan Mondale. Part 2: Hear a 1995 "Voices of Minnesota" interview with Minnesota civil rights leader Matthew Little.
In addition to providing a 1,000-capacity space for concerts (which puts it in the same ballpark as the Varsity Theater and Cabooze), the new space will include a restaurant and the new Midwest Music Museum.
The majority of cases now occur in low- and middle-income countries, the the World Health Organization found. Many of these nations' health care systems are ill-equipped to deal with the flood of complicated conditions that go along with disease.
The three are going to move into the third floor of the defunct multi-use building on Hennepin Avenue, which will be renamed "Mayo Clinic Square."
A growing body of research indicates a strong link between health and housing. If patients' rent is too high, they might avoid spending money on medications to treat diabetes and other diseases. Frequent moves also can lead to or deepen mental health problems.
Gov. Mark Dayton and six others encouraged Obama to consider regulatory waivers aimed at increasing supplies and hoped the Small Business Administration would ease loan requirements to help communities respond to the shortage.
The expanded heating assistance is available to any qualifying household — not just propane users, the state Commerce Department said.
The federal budget deficit is falling sharply, but you wouldn't know it from some of the rhetoric in Washington. But Republicans caution that the downward trend line will reverse itself soon enough.
What do artists like Philip Seymour Hoffman owe us, after all? Do they <em>owe</em> us their art? Or is their art a gift -- for as long we have it?
Researchers did not include the sugar naturally occurring in fruit or milk. Instead, the study focused specifically on the risks of added sugar -- the refined sugars and corn syrups added to foods such as baked goods and sugary sodas.
Robberies rose 9 percent in St. Paul and nearly 8 percent in Minneapolis. People distracted by their phones are often targets.
Travel writer Rick Steves joins us to talk about travel trends and his most recent adventures.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency was investigating Tuesday after a Canadian Pacific Railway train dribbled about 12,000 gallons of crude oil along 68 miles of track between Winona and Red Wing in southeastern Minnesota.
Around the state, voters of all political stripes take part in community meetings which are the first step toward choosing who will be on the 2014 ballot this November.
The bill provides a financial cushion for farmers who face unpredictable weather and market conditions. But the bulk of its nearly $100 billion-a-year cost is for the food stamp program, which aids 1 in 7 Americans.
The body of a missing 41-year-old northern Minnesota man has been found frozen under the porch of a house.
Research shows that when the conversation happens, it's often perfunctory.
Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that Joan Mondale was "as fervent and as effective a champion for the arts as anyone I have ever known."
The compromise farm bill ready to pass the Senate on Tuesday sets policy for food stamps and farm programs. The five-year bill would cut food stamps by around $800 million a year and continue generous farm subsidies. Some of what's in the bill.
A group of 13 GOP lawmakers representing states across the U.S. planned to release a report Tuesday proposing alterations to the 40-year-old law, which protects imperiled plants and animals.
Have you every driven up I-35W in south Minneapolis on a winter evening and seen what, at first glance, looks like a dark cloud overhead? It could actually be a murder of crows flying home to their roosts near downtown Minneapolis.
When her husband was vice president, she served as "arts ombudsman."
Tina Smith has served as Dayton's chief of staff since 2011. Prior to that, she did the same job for Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and worked for the Metropolitan Council.
Kerri's book Pick of the Week is Karen Russell's collection of short stories.
At least 87 people were set free for crimes they did not commit last year, the highest number since researchers began keeping track more than 20 years ago. Some of those people spent decades in prison before release.
Many American food companies, responding to consumer demands, are looking for grain that's not genetically modified. It turns out that non-GMO corn and soybeans aren't hard to find. Years ago, grain traders set up a supply chain to deliver non-GMO grain from U.S. farmers to customers in Japan.
The Mankato Free Press called the novel a "logjam of colorful characters."
Senate allows citizenship after 13 years; House counters with 'never.'
Later this week, Minnesota is set to become the first state to let lottery players scratch tickets online.
MPR News host Phil Picardi spoke this morning with a man who knew the late Joan Mondale and her family very well. Rev. Tim Hart-Andersen is the senior pastor at Mondale's church, Westminster Presbyterian in Minneapolis. The following is an edited transcript of the conversation.
Members of the Minnesota Senate Judiciary meet Wednesday to discuss the issue of expunging criminal history records.
Any expectation that a new State Department report would clarify the Keystone XL pipeline issue went up in smoke in recent days. In the aftermath of a conclusion that downplayed the oil pipeline's potential effects on climate change, the issue has gotten even more politically complicated for the Obama White House.
"While most teens understand the serious health risks associated with tobacco use, they often don't believe the long-term consequences will ever apply to them," FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told reporters Monday before unveiling the agency's first-ever anti-smoking campaign.
Nothing roils the winter news waters like a suggestion to tear down the skyways over Nicollet Mall, apparently. Last week, Sam Newberg -- via -- said that would do a lot to get the street back to something livelier. Today, Iric Nathanson, author of "Minneapolis in the Twentieth Century: The Growth of an American City," presents a spirited defense.
A bicyclist died Monday night in south Minneapolis after he was hit by a van while riding in the street, police said.
"We are grateful for the expressions of love and support we have received. Joan was greatly loved by many. We will miss her dearly," said former Vice President Walter Mondale of his late wife.

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