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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Caucus
The caucus last week in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood drew a large crowd. School board member Mohamud Noor is challenging State Rep. Phyllis Kahn. (02/11/2014)
Tom Brokaw
The Mayo Clinic discovered last summer that Brokaw has multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, NBC News said. (02/11/2014)
A group of state lawmakers heard more than five hours of testimony Tuesday on how PolyMet Mining would pay for future cleanup costs. (02/11/2014)
A new study shows that the income gap between young adults who go to college and those who don't only continues to grow.
Despite efforts by two-thirds of its 28 member states to block the move, the European Union took a large step toward approving a new genetically modified corn Tuesday.
Hennepin County has given the city of Minneapolis until the end of the year to institute a residential composting program.
Authorities have filed charges against a 14-year-old boy who allegedly stole a school bus in Roseville Monday.
A Ramsey County judge has ordered the archbishop to be deposed on the policies and practices of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on the handling of abuse allegations, including whether the archdiocese followed its own policies.
The revolutions of the Arab Spring promised greater freedoms for the people of the Middle East. But while some freedoms have been gained, stability has been lost. Hear from women in Egypt, Turkey, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and from women who are leading or studying this change.
The 221-201 vote came hours after Speaker John Boehner announced that his fractured party would relent and not seek to add other items to the must-pass legislation.
Ski jumping in Minnesota can trace its history back to 1883, when Norwegian brothers Torjus and Mikkel Hemmestvedt brought the sport to the bluffs of southern Minnesota. It then spread to the hills of western Wisconsin, the North Shore and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
In the federal lawsuit, Peter Erlinder argues the college barred him from campus in 2012 and falsely claims he poses a threat to the school's dean. Erlinder says he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder following his imprisonment in Rwanda in 2010.
The first-term Democrat said he came to the decision after months of review, meetings with family members of victims, prosecutors and law enforcement.
The recall covers 11 models sold from 2009 through 2013.
Dayton's proposal follows a report this week from Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid that showed 46 Minnesota school districts have policies to deny lunches to students who can't pay.
New guidelines from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association call for women to monitor their risk for stroke more carefully than men.
In an event that came down to a dramatic final run, American snowboarder Shaun White finished in fourth place in the men's halfpipe Tuesday, falling just short of the podium with a score of 90.25. White needed a score of better than 94.75 to take gold.
The idea comes from Red Wing High School social studies teacher Scott Bender, who accuses history books and popular culture of romanticizing the story of Christopher Columbus. He proposes that Red Wing designate Oct. 12 as First Peoples Day instead.
The union and district are working with a state mediator and have been in negotiations since May. Sticking points include teacher pay, caps on class sizes, and staffing levels.
Ice accumulations are expected Wednesday and Thursday across a wide swath of the Deep South that includes Atlanta, other parts of Georgia, Columbia, S.C., and up to Raleigh/Durham, N.C. The forecasters are warning of a half-inch to an inch of ice.
For the American women's ski jumping team, just getting to Sochi is a huge accomplishment. The sport is making its Olympic debut today, in large part because of a decade of advocacy from jumpers Lindsey Van and Jessica Jerome.
Park officials say the population needs to be reduced periodically to prevent too many bison from spilling into Montana, where there is limited tolerance for them because of disease concerns.
Teenagers' relationships with their parents have a small but measurable impact on their romantic relationships up to 15 years later, according to researchers at the University of Alberta.
The New York Times today says heroin, much of it from Mexico, has found its way from the southwest to America's small towns. In Hudson, there were seven fatal overdoses in eight months.
State health experts believe physicians' reluctance to forcefully recommend the vaccine for human papillomavirus -- HPV -- is one reason why vaccinations rates have stalled. The Department will be offering a series of online and in-person information sessions for doctors that will focus on adolescent vaccination.
The television comedian who opened the shop had insisted he didn't need a permit because the space was legally an art gallery and the coffee was art, not a beverage.
From the Climate One series at the Commonwealth Club of California, experts discuss the environmental costs of industry and agriculture, and who should pay for them. What are the economic benefits of nature, and a healthy environment? Moderated by Greg Dalton.
A landlord hopes a tenant's damage deposit will cover cleanup and repair costs, just as the state of Minnesota hopes financial assurance would protect the state's taxpayers from future cleanup and reclamation costs years from now at PolyMet's proposed copper-nickel mine and processing facility.
Several months of delay and additional study don't appear to have softened the positions of some Minneapolis residents who oppose the idea of running both light rail and freight trains in their cherished Kenilworth Corridor.
Today's Olympic highlights include: Norway won double gold in the cross-country freestyle sprints; Canadian Dara Howell won the gold in women's slopestyle skiing; and the first qualifying round for men's snowboard halfpipe began.
Today's music is from 50 years ago today when the Beatles played their first concert in the United States. It was at the Collesium in Washington, D.C. The stage was in the middle of a basketball arena and several times during the show, Ringo's drum kit and the microphones were rotated so the band would be facing a different part of the audience.
It's another busy day at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Among the sports on today's schedule: pairs figure skating, curling, cross country skiing and women's slopestyle free skiing. Keri Herman, a native of Bloomington, Minnesota, is competing in that event. Dave Schwartz of KARE-11 is tracking all the Minnesota athletes and he spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.
Metro Transit Northstar Commuter Rail trips from the northern suburbs to downtown Minneapolis were canceled Tuesday morning after the cold weather disabled a freight train on the tracks between Big Lake and Elk River.
Shirley Temple, who charmed the nation as a child movie star in the 1930s and went on to become one of the nation's diplomats in posts that included ambassador to Czechoslovakia during the Cold War, died late Monday evening at her home near San Francisco.

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