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Friday, February 8, 2013

Tony Cornish
After three days of hearings this week at the state Capitol, legislators remain divided on the issue of gun control with some believing compromise and consensus can be reached, while others believe the debate to be a distraction from important budget work. (02/08/2013)
The Minneapolis school district is facing a projected $25 million deficit in the next fiscal year. (02/08/2013)
Authorities have arrested 30 people for selling crack cocaine in Duluth and neighboring Superior, Wis. (02/08/2013)
Nearly 100 will compete for the Twin Cities beard championship title this weekend. Watch a video of the competitive beardsmen talk about how they prepare for the show.
Nearly 100 will compete for the Twin Cities beard championship title this weekend. Hirsute competitive beardsmen prepare for the show, combing, brushing, styling and conditioning.
A bill introduced in the Minnesota Legislature would change the makeup of the board that oversees an Iron Range economic development agency.
Mary Jo Copeland, the founder of a Minneapolis charity that assists thousands of poor people each month, is among the 13 recipients of the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal.
The St. Paul Police Department is investigating another photograph purportedly showing one of its officers dressed like a Somali woman.
Biologists at Voyageurs National Park are preparing to capture and collar moose and wolves this month as part of two separate wildlife studies.
Comcast cable customers with both older TV sets and basic television service will need new equipment to continue to receive basic channels.
Minneapolis police officials say the officer charged Friday with multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct with young girls is no longer on the force.
A longtime chief adviser to President Barack Obama, Bill Burton speaks at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, about the politics and the issues as the President begins his second term.
The University of Minnesota will soon try its hand at offering Massive Open Online Courses for the public.
With a musicians' lockout now in its fifth month, the Minnesota Orchestra today cancelled or rescheduled concerts through April 7.
Confidence is growing for a major winter storm to take aim at Minnesota, the eastern Dakotas and northwest Wisconsin this weekend, with areas of the upper Midwest likely to be buried in heavy snow Saturday night and Sunday.
Today on the MPR News Update we look forward to the Grammy's on Sunday night and the possibility of a win by the Minnesota Orchestra. We visit a ranch in southeastern Minnesota where young victims of sex trafficking find refuge. And our radar's up for what might be a major winter storm hitting the state at the end of the weekend.
Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis discuss "Side Effects," "Identity Thief" and "56 Up" in this week's Cube Critics.
A hacker apparently accessed private photos and emails sent between members of the Bush family, including both former presidents, and the Secret Service is investigating.
Extreme cold thwarted Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre's third attempt to become the first person to summit Alaska's Mount McKinley solo in the dead of winter.
With a massive snowstorm forming, the major U.S. airlines plan to quit flying in the New York-area airports, Boston, and other big Northeastern airports on Friday afternoon. They're hoping to resume flights on Saturday.
The Minnesota Orchestra is up for a Grammy, ice fishing gets its own reality show, the president visits, Lindsey Vonn takes a wild ride and a ranch offers shelter to the victims of sex trafficking.
Got farmland? Then you might be a match for scores of immigrant farmers in the Twin Cities metro area who are once again in need of land to rent or purchase. They're looking for parcels as small as two to five acres, within about a 30-minute drive from the central cities.
A storm poised to dump up to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond beginning Friday could be one for the record books, forecasters warned, as residents scurried to stock up on food and water and road crews readied salt and sand.
Confidence is growing for a major winter storm to take aim at Minnesota, the eastern Dakotas and northwest Wisconsin this weekend, with areas of the upper Midwest likely to be buried in heavy snow Saturday night and Sunday.
Authorities have charged four teenage boys with a Sunday robbery spree the stretched for four hours across south Minneapolis. The charges say that one of the boys told police it was what they called National Rob Day and asked if they'd broken any records for successive armed robberies.
Days from the scheduled selection of a builder for the new Vikings stadium, Minneapolis-based Kraus-Anderson says it's among the final contenders to win the job from the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.
Usually social, the birds like to gather in gigantic flocks to sleep during the winter. And lately, they especially like to do it in south Minneapolis.
To combat the growing problem of sex trafficking, Minnesota is changing how it views underage victims. Advocates are asking lawmakers to help support safe housing that's not juvenile detention. The Heartland Girls' Ranch, founded more than 20 years ago as a place for abused or neglected girls, is one such healthy refuge from sexual exploitation.
With a Grammy nomination for the Minnesota Orchestra's recording of Sibelius' 2nd and 5th Symphonies, Osmo Vanska, R.T. Rybak and Classical MPR music director Rex Levang discuss why this disc is so special.
The head of the National Rifle Association said Thursday he's confident that Congress won't approve an assault weapons ban or a limit on high-capacity ammunition magazines after mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut.
Assertive even as he preached humility, President Barack Obama vowed to confront Republicans on the deficit and urged Democrats on Thursday to stick with him on guns and immigration.
New research pinpoints how the torch passed from one dominant creature on Earth to another, from the brutish dinosaur to the crafty mammal.

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