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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mars rover Curiosity
Fresh off drilling into a rock for the first time, the Mars rover Curiosity is prepping for the next step: dissecting the pulverized rock to determine what it's made of. (02/20/2013)
Collecting water samples
Live Asian carp don't necessarily have to be present for their DNA to turn up in the environment, according to a government study released Wednesday that could intensify the debate over how to prevent the aggressive, hungry invaders from reaching the Great Lakes and other vulnerable waters. (02/20/2013)
A bill to open Minnesota voting booths two weeks before an election and allow voting on weekends is raising constitutional questions. (02/20/2013)
Winter can be a pretty interesting time for bird watchers, said National Park Ranger and bird expert Sharon Stiteler.
A new recycling program in Minneapolis is proving popular with residents.
Two Twin Cities social-justice groups are pressing Target to fairly consider job applicants with criminal backgrounds.
Minnesota is about 6,000 miles from China, but a 93-year-old Chinese scholar has made the state his home. In the process, he's become one of the University of Minnesota's oldest and most loyal alums and played a supporting role with a new wave of Chinese students flocking to the state.
New research from the Minneapolis VA Medical Center has identified brain patterns that appear to be markers of resilience to trauma. The findings could suggest why some people exposed to trauma develop post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD while many others do not.
Over the next two years, Google will sponsor a series of conferences, social mixers and other events for Twin Cities technology entrepreneurs.
Shawn Johnson, Wisconsin state Capitol reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio, will join The Daily Circuit to discuss the new Wisconsin budget and what to expect in this year's legislative session.
Mayors from St. Paul, St. Cloud and several metro area suburbs say Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed budget will help them maintain services without a property tax hike.
This week on Climate Cast, MPR News Chief Meteorologist Paul Huttner joins The Daily Circuit to discuss new research about the future of snow and blizzard conditions.
A recent New York Times "Room for Debate" takes a look at divorces and whether the process should be harder to deter people from breaking off marriages too easily.
Andy Hinds is the father of typical, twin 3-year-old princess-loving girls. Hinds recently penned an article about how princess-related books, clothes and toys infiltrated their home.
The University of Minnesota has recently been under scrutiny over high administrative costs at a time when the school is seeking $91 million in state funding in the next two years.
Minneapolis Police say they've found an abducted 8-month-old boy and that a suspect is in custody.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that if automatic government spending cuts kick in on March 1 he may have to shorten the workweek for the "vast majority" of the Defense Department's 800,000 civilian workers.
The state does little monitoring of records searches to ensure the driver's license database isn't being misused, a new report says.
A group of nurses is competing for $10,000 in a weight-loss contest. A New York man motivated himself by pledging to donate to a cause he hated. Both approaches use money to reach a target weight. But which is better -- the carrot or the stick?
Butcher & the Boar was named on Tuesday a James Beard Award semifinalist for Best New Restaurant, and chef Jack Riebel was nominated as Best Chef in the Midwest.
Rachel Hutton, senior editor of Minnesota Monthly magazine, told MPR's Tom Crann five things you should know about the James Beards Awards -- including the chances of a local nominee winning.
The "Cube Critics," Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr, answer Academy Award trivia questions and make their Oscar predictions in a special LIVE call-in program hosted by MPR's Chris Roberts.
Today on the MPR News Update: Somali students say they don't feel safe at South High School in Minneapolis, legislators are getting their first look at the governor's proposed public school funding bill, educators are asking the Legislature to reconsider last year's law on teacher testing, and more.
A Republican state senator who supports legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota says he hopes to convince GOP colleagues to join him in abandoning the party's traditional stand on the issue.
Cliffs Natural Resources discussed the company's flagging financial results for last year but sounded an upbeat note about this year at a meeting in Virginia Wednesday morning.
Minnesota is among a dwindling number of states without in-person early voting. The state's absentee voting process still requires people to meet one of a handful of legitimate excuses.
On this date last year, eight people were killed on Minnesota roads. That number includes four North Dakota State University students who crashed on Interstate 94 near Alexandria.
Authorities say a man who died along with his partner in a western Minnesota car crash was on his way to his father's funeral when the couple was killed.
A new report finds the rate of cesarean section deliveries for new mothers varies widely in Minnesota and depends on the health care provider.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson will join The Daily Circuit Wednesday, Feb. 20 to discuss her probe of aggressive recruiting practices by some of the state's for-profit universities.
Teachers and school administrators across Minnesota are asking lawmakers to rethink a law they passed last year that was aimed at producing higher-quality teachers.
Minnesota U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison visited Somalia's capital city of Mogadishu on Tuesday, the first visit in years by a member of Congress to what until recently was considered one of the world's most dangerous cities.
The Minneapolis-based band Tango Pohjan Tahden plays Finnish-style tangos. The band has just released its debut CD. Morning Edition producer Jim Bickal talked with the band's leader violinist Sara Pajunen about the tango and its connection to Finland.
Some Somali students say not enough is being done to ease racial tension at South High School in Minneapolis, which just last week was the site of a brawl involving hundreds of students.
Gun shows are like drug stores for addicts seeking an illusory high.
Tiny amounts of chemicals in Minnesota lakes might be having a big effect on some fish populations, according to two new studies by Minnesota researchers.
An Education Department commission is recommending pre-kindergarten programs for every poor student within 10 years, adding a timeframe to President Barack Obama's similar call to help the least advantaged arrive for their first day of classes as prepared as their counterparts from more affluent homes.
Microsoft is so confident it has the Internet's best email service that it is about to spend at least $30 million to send its message across the U.S.
Special Minnesota license plates that act as state-sanctioned billboards and fundraising tools for various causes are causing angst among some lawmakers, who are worried about where to draw the line and whether they're actually a losing proposition.

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