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Monday, February 10, 2014

In one of several concessions in a complex Treasury Department regulation of more than 200 pages, the Obama administration said companies with 50 to 99 employees will have an additional year to comply with the coverage requirement, until January 1, 2016. (02/10/2014)
The St. Paul Federation of Teachers has been in contract negotiations with district officials since May. Both sides say they've made progress, but sticking points include teacher compensation, class sizes and the amount of standardized testing done in the district. (02/10/2014)
Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman says BP received more than $25 million from the state's Petrofund between 1988 and 2012 for decontamination work at 1,407 service stations. (02/10/2014)
Every time a customer pays for something with a credit card, the proprietor of the business has to pay a cut of the transaction to banks and credit card companies. Merchants say the policy is too costly and too restrictive.
The current schedule for the Capitol renovation depends on the new Senate building. Construction is expected to start this spring with a goal of completing it by 2015.
Osmo Vanska remains popular with orchestra-goers, but his return will be complicated. If the board does remove CEO Michael Henson, as Vanska wants, it looks like it has caved. If it doesn't, it makes a possible Vanska return very difficult.
If passed, Duluth would become the first city in the state to back a higher wage.
While a gopher diet pill is a long way away, UMD scientists have identified thousands of genes in the fat of these creatures that could someday lead to drugs that help burn fat in humans.
Minnesota is the only state with two cities on the list of America's Most Literate Cities for 2013.
If state officials and Vikings' owners have their way, Vikings games won't be the only events to occupy the new downtown Minneapolis stadium now under construction.
Bengt Holst said euthanizing the 2-year-old giraffe was for the good of the greater giraffe population and it also served as an opportunity to "educate people."
The company provided no reason for the departure of chief executive John Gilbert, but investors seemed to like the news.
No one was reported hurt in the incident, which reportedly started in St. Paul.
Residents of a Philadelphia neighborhood that lacked a grocer got a new market brimming with fresh fruit and veggies -- but that didn't change what they ate, a survey shows. Additional interventions -- such as cooking classes and nutrition education -- may be needed.
The Minneapolis mayor wrote to city workers today: "I also want to thank those employees who came forward and cooperated in the investigation" that led to the ouster of Rocco Forte, the city's former emergency management director.
According to court records, Olmsted County issued arrest warrants for 36-year-old Matthew Serbus and 34-year-old Dawn Pfister on Jan. 28, after they failed to appear at a hearing to face motor vehicle theft charges.
Critics of underperforming charter schools say state law isn't tough enough. They're pushing a measure that would flag poor performing charters for closure.
Among Monday's highlights in Sochi: Charles Hamelin of Canada raced to the 1,500-meter short track speedskating gold, and Viktor Ahn earned the bronze to give Russia its first-ever short track medal; Michel Mulder of the Netherlands earned the 500-meter speedskating gold; and Martin Fourcade won the 12.5-kilometer biathlon pursuit.
We are making a run at a Top 10 winter for sub-zero days in Minnesota.Temps as high as 47 next week? Who knows? But it looks like winter may return after temps run a good +10 to +15 degrees vs. average next week for a change.
Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins Kerri Miller to talk about what happened to immigration reform and the Republicans late last week.
Bruce Springsteen is currently on tour in Australia. Today's music is from a live recording of him performing "For You" just a few days ago in Perth. But this is not an illegal bootleg. Unlike Prince, who sues to stop fans from sharing their live recordings, Springsteen is now selling downloads of his shows for $9.99 apiece.
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid says 15 percent of Minnesota school districts that responded to a recent survey report their policies allow lunchroom staff to refuse hot meals to students who can't pay.
The band performs "Thinking of You" live in the studios of 89.3 The Current.
Tolerance is about to be tested in the National Football League. And Michael Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation. Missouri's All-America defensive end came out to the entire country Sunday night.
Nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn't budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common source, a government analysis finds.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says there have been roughly 26,000 work zone crashes in the past five years, causing more than 4,000 injuries and 41 deaths.
Current state law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from entering or being on the premises of any establishment with a retail alcohol sales license without a parent, guardian or spouse.
The bill would make texting while driving a petty offense, carrying a $25 fine, to text while driving. The Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the bill Monday.
The incident began about 4:40 a.m. Sunday, when police were called to an apartment for a possible domestic disturbance. They arrived to find a woman shot in the leg.
The global economy is showing signs of slowing -- again. Manufacturing has slumped. Fewer people are signing contracts to buy homes. Global stock markets have sunk as anxiety has gripped developing nations.
Little more than a week after Groundhog Day, the evidence is mounting that lawmakers have all but wrapped up their most consequential work of 2014, at least until the results of the fall elections are known.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that Mark Zuckerberg's donation was the largest charitable gift on the public record in 2013 and put the young couple at the top of the magazine's annual list of 50 most generous Americans in 2013.

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