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Monday, February 18, 2013

There was never going to be room for both at the top of American Airlines. The 14-month battle for control of American came down to two men who got their start there. (02/18/2013)
A new study shows that hip replacements are more likely to fail in women than in men. (02/18/2013)
The DFL tax committee chairs in both chambers are the chief sponsors, even though neither has endorsed the plan. (02/18/2013)
If you usually wait until April to file your taxes, you might want to hurry up -- before identity thieves beat you to it. Using stolen names and Social Security numbers, these criminals file fake tax returns with false wage and withholding information. This generates big -- and fraudulent -- refunds, before the real taxpayer gets around to filing.
A bill that would adjust state tax law to match the federal tax changes Congress made at the end of 2012 is headed to Governor Dayton. The Minnesota House passed the so-called tax conformity measure today 109-19.
The new mayor of the central Minnesota city of Sauk Rapids is facing a drunken driving charge.
Two people have died and a third was injured in a four-vehicle crash in bad weather on Interstate 94 in western Minnesota.
State officials and energy companies announced today that Minnesota is three years ahead of schedule on its goal to reduce mercury emissions. Mercury is a neurotoxin that is especially harmful to children's brain development. The reductions have come about primarily through changes at power plants.
We may be able to see the finish line for the meteorological winter that ends on Feb. 28, but we are likely to experience some of the strongest punches of the winter of 2012-2013 in the next ten days.
Twin Cities store cleaners say they have set a deadline for talks with the maintenance companies that employ them and threaten a strike if they cannot negotiate.
Police say foul play is not suspected in the death of a Winona State University student who was discovered in a dorm room over the weekend.
Minnesota's abundant supply of high-quality frac sand is causing some turmoil. Local governments in southeastern Minnesota are preparing for a number of new permit applications to build or expand mines and processing plants for the special silica sand. Many area residents are concerned about possible environmental or health impacts. Industry representatives say they are addressing the concerns, but some state officials are encouraging caution.
Can mentoring programs help close the high school graduation rate achievement gap in Minnesota?
Michelle Obama is a polarizing figure in feminist circles. Some feminists view her as a hero, while others feel the popular first lady has let them down.
While many college grads are now finding work, many are still underemployed. About half of college graduates who do have jobs are working in positions that don't require a college degree.
Kerri's book Pick of the Week is "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie," a first novel by writer Ayana Mathis. It's a multi-generational saga of an American family that Kerri said "is set in unexpected places and takes unpredictable turns."
Despite numerous challenges faced by its leaders Faye Price and Noel Raymond, Pillsbury House has changed people's expectations for what a community center can achieve with an injection of artistic talent.
The Minnesota Senate Committee on Environment and Energy and House Committee on Energy Policy will hold a hearing at the state Capitol on to consider testimony on the frac sand mining industry.
Despite numerous challenges, Pillsbury House has changed people's expectations for what a community center can achieve with an injection of artistic talent.
A Minnesota Senate panel has approved the payment of another legal bill related to the firing of Republican staffer Michael Brodkorb.
Devin Aryal, 9, was shot to death when a gunman opened fire on traffic in a residential neighborhood in the St. Paul suburb of Oakdale. He was in a minivan with his mother when bullets hit their vehicle.
Twin Cities store cleaners say they've set a deadline for talks with the maintenance companies that employ them and threaten a strike if they can't negotiate.
Today on the MPR News Update: What the frac sand mining debate in St. Paul means for southeastern Minnestoa, the fate of a comprehensive health insurance exchange bill, a look at fur trapping past and present as a way of life in Minnesota, why there are more blizzards but less snow, and more.
With scant snowfall and barren ski slopes in parts of the Midwest and Northeast the past couple of years, some scientists have pointed to global warming as the culprit. Then when a whopper of a blizzard smacked the Northeast with more than 2 feet of snow in some places earlier this month, some of the same people again blamed global warming. How can that be?
Pine County authorities stopped searching for a snowmobiler they believe broke through ice and was swept down a remote part of the river on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border about 70 miles north of the Twin Cities.
Reporter Tim Pugmire discusses the week ahead at the Capitol with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
Critics maintain the decorated Vietnam combat veteran and former senator is unqualified to lead the U.S. military. A top White House official expressed "grave concern" over the delayed confirmation vote, adding that there was nothing to worry about in any disclosures that may yet come.
Congress' latest crack at a new assault weapons ban would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history.
What does the American-US Airways merger mean for consumers?
Advocates on both sides of the gun debate will gather at the State Capitol this week when the Minnesota Senate holds a series of hearings on proposed legislation.
Craig Keefe, of Gull Lake, is suing to be reinstated to his nursing program as well as damages from the defendants, which include the school's president, Larry Lundblad.
Ryan Anderson has won the U.P. 200 sled dog race in Michigan's Upper Peninsula for the fourth consecutive time.
Joe Rickey Hundley was charged last week in federal court in Atlanta with simple assault for allegedly slapping the 2-year-old boy during the Feb. 8 flight.
Officer Josh Lynaugh died early Saturday after he suffered the heart attack more than a week earlier during a foot pursuit.
Legislation that would create a new online marketplace for Minnesotans to buy health insurance will be making its last state Senate committee stop this week. In order for the exchange to open for business in October as required, state lawmakers must pass a bill by the third week in March.
For every positive trait, there's a price in the form of a negative trait.
If the Crawley family of "Downton Abbey" were American, they would summer at Newport. The wild stateside success of the British drama about post-Edwardian aristocrats and their live-in help has piqued interest in the life of servants in the Gilded Age mansions of the seaside city.
State Rep.-elect Tama Theis will be sworn into office on Tuesday. Theis, a Republican, won in a special election on Feb. 12 and will represent part of St. Cloud.
State lawmakers will hold hearings beginning this week to address the fast-growing frac sand industry and its effect on Minnesota. Although local lawmakers are grappling with how to zone and regulate the industry, rules differ widely throughout the state.
Wisconsin's voucher school program would expand to nine districts across the state, including Green Bay and Madison, under the budget proposal Gov. Scott Walker will submit to the Legislature on Wednesday.
Looming across-the-board federal spending cuts could cost as many as 4,000 jobs in Minnesota, according to Minnesota Republican Representative John Kline.
Tom Weber goes inside the lab of renowned chemist Christy Haynes at the University of Minnesota. Haynes' research focuses on blood platelets.

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