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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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Big changes are in store for the nation's forests as global warming increases wildfires and insect infestations, and generates more frequent floods and droughts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture warns in a report released Tuesday. (02/05/2013)
A teenager pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing 13-year old RayJon Gomez in 2011. (02/05/2013)
The military is poised to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of service members, U.S. officials said Tuesday, about 16 months after the Pentagon repealed its ban on openly gay service. (02/05/2013)
A survey by the University of Minnesota Tourism Center offers some good news for the state's leisure and hospitality industry.
The St. Paul police officer photographed last year in a culturally insensitive costume has apologized.
Hunger relief groups want the state Legislature to expand free lunch at school so that students currently eligible for reduced-price lunch can eat free. This would cost the state around $4 million. Lawmakers and advocates pushing the proposal say it would ensure that low-income kids get the nutrition they need and aren't turned away at the lunch counter when they can't pay. But critics of the proposal say parents who could pay a little, should.
A pilot project to improve care for senior citizens in rural areas is being developed by a Minnesota-based senior housing and care services company.
Big medical device companies disclosed plans to cut about 800 jobs in Minnesota last year.
Minneapolis is working to fix a software glitch that disabled 138 digital parking meter pay stations in downtown on Tuesday.
Legislators are being asked to pass a bill that would require public officials to disclose more about where they earn their money. The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board voted Monday to encourage the Legislature to pass tougher economic disclosure laws. A proposal backed by the board would require officials to make public their consulting interests and details about income earned by their spouses.
Negotiators have reached tentative agreement on a contract covering non-teaching faculty who work at Minnesota's seven state universities.
A half dozen police chiefs and sheriffs argued Tuesday in a packed Capitol hearing room that Minnesota isn't doing enough to protect against gun violence, kicking off three days of hearings on a host of new proposed limits on firearm ownership.
Hear House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's Feb. 5, 2013 speech to the American Enterprise Institute, titled "Making Life Work for More People." He set out priorities for government to make the American Dream possible for more people.
Philosophers have written tomes about the meaning of existence. Somehow, the Eau Claire-based indie folk band The Daredevil Christopher Wright has boiled it down to a three-minute song: "I & Thou."
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it got nearly twice as many calls on its Turn-in-Poachers or TIP line last year than the year before.
President Barack Obama will visit Israel, the West Bank and Jordan in the spring, the White House said Tuesday, marking his first visit since becoming president.
President Barack Obama is asking Congress for a short-term deficit reduction package of spending cuts and tax revenue that will delay the effective date of steeper automatic cuts now scheduled to kick in on March 1. Obama said the looming cuts would be economically damaging and must be avoided.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken is one of a bipartisan group of senators who have sent a letter to President Obama that asks for more information on the legal basis for the administration's claim that it can kill American citizens as part of efforts against terrorist groups such as al Qaeda.
A Minneapolis teenager has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for the death of a 5-year-old boy who was struck by a stray bullet during a gang-related shooting.
Minnesota regulators are investigating how the Red Cliff Band of Ojibwe handled barrels of Cold War military waste that it recovered last summer from Lake Superior.
Today on the MPR News Update: President Obama brings his gun control message to Minneapolis. State lawmakers introduce measures aimed at improving the state's mental health system. And the St. Paul Police Department investigates one of its own after a photo on Twitter shows him dressed like a Muslim woman.
Buildings that sat vacant for 40 years at a historic military fort in the Twin Cities could be getting new life.
Lindsey Vonn crashed and hurt her right knee during a super-G at the world championships Tuesday and was taken to a hospital by helicopter.
Four women have filed a lawsuit against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources employee accused of looking up their driver's license records.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano toured the Mexico border Monday to trumpet increased enforcement as she campaigned for an overhaul of immigration laws.
A bill moving though the South Dakota legislature would allow teachers and other employees to carry guns in schools. State Republican Rep. Scott Craig is the chief author of the bill and he discussed it with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi.
State Democratic parties are considering selling information they've gathered about individual voters to credit card companies and retailers, according to a ProPublica report.
The government said in a civil complaint filed late Monday that S&P misled investors by stating that its ratings were objective and "uninfluenced by any conflicts of interest."
The St. Paul Police Department launched an internal investigation Monday in response to an online photo purporting to show an officer from the department wearing a culturally insensitive costume.
It's a mistake to think the harm is confined to musicians, or even to music lovers.
Local police officials say new gun laws can help reduce gun violence in north Minneapolis. But some say Obama's proposals don't do enough to protect the people most at risk to be victimized by gun violence.
Moorhead is fighting a new state pollution rule designed to protect water quality in Canada.
Republican Sen. John McCain, a sharp critic of Chuck Hagel's nomination as defense secretary, said Monday he will not support a filibuster of President Barack Obama's pick.
Army leadership is looking to improve coordination between its mental health programs and other soldier-resilience efforts.
The Boy Scouts of America's national executive board began three days of closed meetings Monday that are expected to include a discussion of its policy excluding gay members and leaders, and Scouts on both sides of the debate are publically weighing in.
A confidential Justice Department memo says it is legal for the government to kill U.S. citizens abroad if it believes they are senior al-Qaida leaders continually engaged in operations aimed at killing Americans.

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