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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Americans stepped up borrowing in December to buy cars and attend school. But they cut back sharply on credit card use, continuing a trend that could hold back growth this year. (02/07/2013)
Senators tussled Thursday over whether Indian authorities should be able to prosecute non-Indians in domestic abuse cases, an issue that has delayed passage of legislation to renew the federal government's main law in the fight against domestic violence. (02/07/2013)
Stadium planners say they are putting off picking a builder for the new home for the Vikings, at least until next week. (02/07/2013)
The death of Saturday mail delivery would seem to have the biggest impact in places such as Leisure World, where residents -- many in their 80s and 90s -- grew up with the mailbox as their connection to the rest of the world.
U.S.-born children of Hispanic immigrants are more likely than their parents to identify themselves as Democrats as they integrate into American life, maintaining strong ties to their cultural heritage while casting themselves as liberal on social issues.
Minnesota's death toll from influenza has reached 127.
A 150-foot-wide asteroid will come remarkably close to Earth next week, even closer than high-flying communication and weather satellites. It will be the nearest known flyby for an object of this size.
State agencies are calling for a broader and more detailed environmental study on two proposed silica sand mines in Winona County. The recommendation comes as some legislators are considering the possibility of a statewide study of the potential environmental and health effects of the booming industry.
The Hennepin County Attorney's office Thursday charged a Minnetrista man with criminal vehicular homicide.
A Minnesota Department of Education report, put together with help from educators, school officials and mental health experts, is recommending schools be allowed to continue the use of a controversial physical restraint, used to subdue or calm agitated students, until 2017.
The Minnesota State Patrol says test results show fired Minnesota Senate aide Michael Brodkorb's blood-alcohol content was over the legal limit after he crashed his SUV last month.
Part 1: Civil rights, labor and political leader Nellie Stone Johnson is interviewed by Dan Olson in 1995 as part of MPR's "Voices of Minnesota" series. She died in 2002 at the age of 96. Part 2: "Postcard from a Lynching." An MPR documentary from 2001 by Chris Julin and Stephanie Hemphill about the 1920 lynching of three black men in Duluth.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak plans to dedicate a bridge to the former mayor he unseated more than a decade ago.
Nominated to head the CIA, John Brennan told a protest-disrupted Senate confirmation hearing Thursday the United States remains at war with al-Qaida and other terrorists and is under "daily cyberattack" by foreign countries and others.
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops say the Obama administration's compromise plan for religious employers and birth control coverage doesn't go far enough.
State Senators Thursday approved a new contract that includes a 2 percent pay hike. The House, which is also controlled by Democrats, is expected to vote on the contract sometime next week.
The Heartland Girls Ranch in Benson, Minn., is one of the few safe places to go for girls who are the victims of sex trafficking.
Many people claim our cold weather helps foster a healthy readership. Whatever the cause, both Minneapolis and St. Paul placed prominently in the new "America's Most Literate Cities" report.
Investigators discovered that the officer allegedly used social media websites to contact several girls between the ages of 12 and 14.
A DNR probe found that the now-fired worker had accessed the records of 5,000 individuals without a job-related reason to do so.
Minneapolis-based Target says sales at stores open at least one year rose 3.1 percent in January, as shoppers bought holiday clearance merchandise.
Today on the MPR News Update: The governor signals his support for same sex marriage, the impact of the sequester for Minnesota, the embattled St. Paul Police crime lab won't be drug testing anymore, the moose population is in dramatic decline and a theologian looks at a wildly popular show now playing in the Twin Cities.
Safety experts say that the regulations on how much silica dust workers can inhale needs an update.
North Dakota legislators are considering a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, government, public services and the workplace.
A think tank with close ties to the White House is outlining a plan that would provide preschool for all children within five years. Education Department officials, including Secretary Arne Duncan, have signaled that pre-kindergarten programs would be a priority during Obama's second term.
In 2011, uncompensated care cost hospitals $308 million, and without the federal Affordable Care Act it would grow to about $319 million by 2016, said the report issued Wednesday by the health department's Health Economics Program.
Bruce Forbes, an ordained United Methodist minister and professor of Religious Studies at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, takes in "The Book of Mormon," now playing in Minneapolis, and offers his thoughts.
Minnesota's roll out of electronic pull tabs continues to fall short of projections. After a strong debut in a handful of bars in September, the expansion of the games has been slow, and the games in bars aren't drawing the crowds backers had hoped. Now, calls for change are starting at the Capitol.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton used his third State of the State address to make an expected defense of his budget proposal and make a declaration of his support for legalizing same-sex marriage, but stopped just short of calling for such a bill this session.
The following is a transcript of Gov. Mark Dayton's 2013 State of the State speech, as published by the governor's office.
Gov. Mark Dayton argued in his State of the State speech Wednesday that past state income tax cuts are partly to blame for chronic budget problems in Minnesota, saying political leaders cannot afford to keep delaying difficult tax and spending decisions.
President Barack Obama has directed the Justice Department to give Congress' intelligence committees access to classified legal advice providing the government's rationale for drone strikes against American citizens working with al-Qaida abroad, a senior administration official said Wednesday.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue expects 80 percent of state income taxes will be filed electronically this year.
A federal survey team is to visit Grand Forks Air Force Base later this month to assess its potential to host an air refueling tanker mission.
DFL Rep. Ann Lenczewski of Bloomington wants to more than double the state's cigarette tax by $1.60 a pack, from $1.23 to $2.83. That's considerably more than proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton, who wants a 94-cents-a-pack increase.
Commissioner Devin Rice says his proposal will save the city money, increase minority representation and lead to higher voter turnout.
As the conversation gets political, let's remember those for whom the tragedy is personal.
Students and top officials from the University of Minnesota are rallying at the Capitol today. It's an annual tradition in which they urge legislators to support the university's budget requests. But this year they're doing it amid an uproar over administrative spending.
State and federal officials have come up with a way to preserve Minnesota's subsidized health care plan for the working poor when the federal health overhaul takes effect, Minnesota's human services commissioner said Wednesday.
The St. Paul City Council released more than a million dollars in funding to fix the troubled St. Paul police crime lab. The lab will not resume drug testing, work which will be outsourced, but instead will focus on fingerprints, crime scene processing, video analysis and reconstructing crash scenes.
Barbara Kasoff has a message for women business owners: If you don't like the way government regulations affect your business, stop whining and get involved.

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