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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Republicans warned Tuesday that President Barack Obama's second-term agenda would bring more tax increases and escalate deficit spending, vowing that they would guard against Washington-centric policies and help middle-class families rebound from years of tepid economic growth. (02/12/2013)
St. Paul police say a man was shot and killed by officers Tuesday afternoon after he fatally stabbed a police dog. (02/12/2013)
Barack Obama
Uncompromising and politically emboldened, President Barack Obama urged a deeply divided Congress Tuesday night to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation's middle class. He declared Republican ideas for reducing the deficit "even worse" than the unpalatable deals Washington had to stomach during his first term. (02/12/2013)
Crew error likely is to blame for a head-on collision between two Canadian National freight trains that injured all five crew members in northeastern Minnesota in 2010, federal investigators said Tuesday.
The Minnesota Legislative Auditor says the legislature should ensure better accountability for conservation easements.
Watch the State of the Union address live and join MPR News to chat about the speech, which begins at 8 p.m. CST.
The chair of the Minnesota House Legacy Committee says she is considering reallocating funds currently designated for the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
A man police believe to be the fugitive ex-Los Angeles officer wanted in three killings was barricaded inside a burning cabin Tuesday after a shootout in a California mountain town Tuesday that left one deputy dead and another wounded.
Oakdale police suspect Nhan Lap Tran, 34, of shooting at cars in a busy intersection. A 9-year-old boy was killed.
Hear a rebroadcast of President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address given Feb. 12, 2013 and the official GOP response given by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.
Wolf advocates are in court as a coalition of non-profit groups once again sues the federal government over its removal of wolves from the Endangered Species list.
On this week of St. Valentine's Day, Dr. Jon Hallberg about the central role the heart plays in our health.
One of Africa's brightest hopes to be the next pope, Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, says the time is right for a pontiff from the developing world, and that he's up for the job "if it's the will of God."
The Twin Cities housing market posted more signs of health in January.
Today on the MPR News Update: A child is shot and killed in Oakdale, Minnesota's members of Congress stake out positions on immigration reform, Red Wing is concerned about its mayor's lobbying for sand mining, and Minnesota Catholics react to Pope Benedict's decision to resign.
Seeking to focus on nation-building at home, President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address to call for more spending on infrastructure and manufacturing, while also announcing the withdrawal of 34,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan within a year.
Devin Aryal was riding home with his mother from day care when a man opened fire on their minivan, killing him, his mother Melissa said Tuesday. She looked in the backseat and saw the back windshield was broken and discovered her son slumped over and unconscious with a gunshot wound to his head.
United Blood Services of the Dakotas is urging people to donate blood in the wake of the weekend blizzard in the region to ensure a stable blood supply.
Cars, buses and semis packed into the parking lot of Fleet Farm and Walmart at Alexandria Sunday when state transportation officials closed the interstate
The same-sex marriage debate at the Capitol is picking up steam this week. Jake Loesch of Minnesota United for All Families, which supports legalizing same-sex marriage, and opponent Jason Adkins of Minnesota for Marriage joins MPR's Cathy Wurzer in the studio.
Oakdale police say a gunman killed a 10-year-old and wounded two other people in an apparent random shooting.
The Red Wing City Council is calling for an independent investigation into Mayor Dennis Egan's new position as executive director of a lobbying group for the silica sand industry.
North Korea said Tuesday that its widely condemned nuclear test was merely its "first response" to what it called U.S. threats, warning that it will continue with unspecified "second and third measures of greater intensity" if the United States maintains its hostility.
The Minnesota House voted to expand Medical Assistance to cover more low income and disabled people.
Don't save too much, don't spend too much, and don't turn up your nose at the railroads.
Want to know how much a hip replacement will cost? Many hospitals won't be able to tell you, at least not right away -- if at all. And if you shop around and find centers that can quote a price, the amounts could vary astronomically, a study found.
Amid reports of North Korea readying yet another nuclear weapons test, the country has stepped up a propaganda offensive against the West. But in the age of the Internet, has such ham-fisted messaging lost its punch?
The White House says President Barack Obama's State of the Union address will focus on jobs and the economy, but the subject of overhauling the nation's immigration laws is almost certain to come up. It's an issue likely to dominate the Congressional agenda through the summer. With various proposals under discussion, Minnesota's delegates are taking stances on the issue.
Reviving his populist re-election message, President Barack Obama will press a politically-divided Congress to approve more tax increases and fewer spending cuts during a State of the Union address focused on stabilizing the middle class and repairing the still-wobbly economy.
The Pentagon for the first time is considering scaling back the massive buildup of drones it has overseen in the past few years, both to save money and to adapt to changing security threats and an increased focus on Asia as the Afghanistan war winds down.
Shootings and other traumatic events involving children are not rare events, but there's a startling lack of scientific evidence on the best ways to help young survivors and witnesses heal, a government-funded analysis found.

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