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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Barack Obama
Earlier this week, President Barack Obama was in Minneapolis advocating new limits on guns; no law or set of laws, he said, can keep children completely safe. NPR's David Welna was there for the visit and sent a reporter's notebook about the voices he encountered. (02/09/2013)
Middle school health clinic
While a few school clinics across the nation have long been open to the public, more are looking to expand their patient base to reap revenue that can subsidize the care often given for free to youngsters as well as fill a dire larger need for community health care access. (02/09/2013)
Repairing damage
An underground water line ruptured early Saturday in downtown St. Paul, flooding several city blocks, causing a widespread drop in water pressure and prompting city officials to warn against drinking tap water. (02/09/2013)
A group of Twin Cities janitors and security officers voted Saturday to authorize a strike.
In a Mars first, the Curiosity rover drilled into a rock and prepared to dump an aspirin-sized pinch of powder into its onboard laboratories for closer inspection.
President Barack Obama will focus his State of the Union address on boosting job creation and economic growth at a time of high unemployment, underscoring the degree to which the economy could threaten his ability to pursue second-term priorities such as gun control, immigration policy and climate change.
Democratic state Rep. Tom Huntley says he was arrested last week on suspicion of drunken driving, and he plans to plead guilty to the charge.
Hundreds of Midwest manufacturers stand to benefit from a web of high-speed passenger rail routes emerging from Chicago's rail hub, according to a report released by an environmental policy group that has fought to defend the use of billions in taxpayer money on such projects.
Officials working on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium have laid out a plan to make minority workers nearly a third of the labor force and to hire 6 percent women.
A new nonprofit organization hopes to help save Minnesota's moose population after the DNR announced this week that the state's moose population has dropped by more than a third in just the past year.
Barry Kempton, the artistic director and executive director of the Schubert Club, announced the new star-studded season for the state's oldest arts organization, which pulls in big names like pianist Jonathan Biss and violinist Christian Tetzlaff, as well as newer names like Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa.
The National Weather Service has painted a large swath of the landscape from Wyoming to Wisconsin in winter storm watches and warnings. Little has changed in the expectation for the heaviest snow accumulation to occur late tonight through Sunday from the eastern Dakotas to northeast Minnesota, where amounts may exceed 10 inches.
In recent years, Canada, France and Britain have added measures of citizen happiness to their official national statistics. The U.S. government is now considering adopting a happiness index as well.
Yeast can be pretty demanding little buggers, despite being unicellular microscopic organisms. Brewers know they must appease them to get the beer they want.
The White House detailed what it said would be the painful impact on the federal work force and certain government assistance programs if "large and arbitrary" scheduled government spending cuts are allowed to take place beginning March 1.

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