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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Does scanning emails and answering calls from bosses on your smartphone after hours constitute work that should be compensated? A lawsuit winding its way through federal court in Chicago says that it does. (02/06/2013)
Mathematicians at the University of Central Missouri have identified the largest prime number yet, but good luck remembering it. (02/06/2013)
News that the postal service plans to trim its delivery to five days a week has letter carriers more worried they may lose their jobs. (02/06/2013)
Officials are saying little about an accident that seriously burned a worker at the American Crystal Sugar Co. plant in East Grand Forks last week.
Two small Minnesota towns are struggling with the same problem: flooding that left the local school buildings in bad shape. In Rushford-Peterson and Moose Lake, the damages were repaired and students are back in school, but officials in both districts say the fixes are temporary.
The St. Paul Foundation is offering a million-dollar prize for an idea to make its hometown better.
A Delta Air Lines executive told Minnesota lawmakers Wednesday the company remains in compliance with promised employment and service levels in Minnesota.
Red Wing's Mayor Dennis Egan has taken a new job as executive director of the newly-created Minnesota Industrial Sand Council. The council is a group of companies with interests in mining silica sand and providing services to the industry. Officials in other southeastern Minnesota cities don't know much yet about the council, but some say best practices should be left to state officials and not an industry group.
The troubled St. Paul police crime lab has decided to permanently close its drug testing unit.
Former Vice President Al Gore speaks to the Westminster Town Hall Forum in downtown Minneapolis about his new book, "The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change."
Merchants in Minnesota and most other states can now charge up to 4 percent extra when customers pay with a credit card, but many seem reluctant to do so.
Experts say sequestration, the across-the-board budget cuts that were part of the 2011 debt limit deal that are scheduled to kick in March 1, wouldn't hit Minnesota as hard as it would other states.
A Republican-backed bill designed to make it easier to open a new massive iron ore mine near Lake Superior has passed an Assembly committee over Democratic objections.
A small company is gambling that a new line of scientific research could lead to development of a breakthrough alternative energy. Researchers with the Hunt Utilities Group are focused on a theoretical energy source once commonly known as cold fusion. They're asking new questions about the technology widely dismissed by the mainstream scientific community.
If you love ice fishing or other winter spots, or just looking to embrace winter and have a good time in the deep freeze, Ely's the place to be. Here are some tasty options for when you get there.
The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion, the financially struggling agency says.
They're getting hit with a double whammy: a spike in gas prices and smaller paychecks because a payroll tax break expired. That combination could dampen consumer spending, economists say.
Australian musician Ben Frost brings his latest challenging, eclectic work to the Amsterdam Bar in St. Paul this weekend.
Today on the MPR News Update: The gun debate at the state Capitol, campaign finance transparency, more free school lunches, and a potential alternative energy breakthrough in Pine River.
Former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew is joining the race for mayor of Minneapolis.
A new aerial survey of moose in northeastern Minnesota shows the population has dropped dramatically, prompting the DNR to cancel this year's moose hunting season.
The volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America's National Executive Board say the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy.
Updraft meteorologist posts the photo.
One bill being considered by the Legislature to fight gun violence would require that some people get a letter from a doctor or mental health care provider before they could buy a gun. Dr. Dave Thorson, Board Chair of the Minnesota Medical Association, discussed the proposed legislation with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
Normal parking rules apply, and cars won't be ticketed if they're in the way of the plows. But the city wants residents to move their cars to accommodate plows anyway, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. today.
DFL legislators in St. Paul presented several bills aimed at curbing gun violence at a hearing on Tuesday, and were met by a room filled with gun rights advocates.
By 2030, the state could get 10 percent of its power from the sun.
A small company is gambling that a new line of scientific research could lead to development of a breakthrough alternative energy. In Pine River, the campus of the Hunt Utilities Group sits on 70-acres dotted with an eclectic mix of experimental buildings designed to promote sustainable living. Researchers here are focused on a theoretical energy source once commonly known as "cold fusion."
Two of the Great Lakes have hit their lowest water levels ever recorded, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday, capping more than a decade of below-normal rain and snowfall and higher temperatures that boost evaporation.
Uncomfortable with the Obama administration's use of deadly drones, a growing number in Congress is looking to limit America's authority to kill suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called Republican lawmakers' insistence that the border be secured before there is immigration reform a flawed argument.
After years of viral viewing, cats are coming into their own in lucrative and altruistic ways.

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