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Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Metrodome will be coming down in about a year. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority said it is officially telling the Vikings that the (02/21/2013)
Isle Royale National Park's gray wolves apparently don't have a gender gap after all. (02/21/2013)
Wausau Paper Corp. says it plans to close its mill in Brainerd, Minn., putting 130 employees out of work. (02/21/2013)
Minnesota's community banks enjoyed some financial gains in 2012, according to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. But it was not a banner year.
Mayor R.T. Rybak has declined the U.S. Olympic Committee's invitation to submit a bid for the 2024 summer games.
Ramsey and Dakota County prosecutors, prompted by independent reports that found serious flaws in the St. Paul police crime lab, will reconsider certain drug convictions in the past two years.
Minneapolis got what sounded like a glowing report card today. A poll finds that 96 percent of its residents are satisfied with city services. Despite the high marks, the city could be doing better.
New data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that many older adults become sick with the flu despite being vaccinated.
A bill that would allow schools to start before before Labor Day came before a Minnesota House education committee on Thursday.
Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis welcome Pioneer Press film critic Chris Hewitt to discuss the Oscar nominations for best actor, actress and supporting actor in this week's Cube Critics.
Legislation that would allow same-sex marriage in Minnesota appears to be moving forward. On Sunday, state Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Mpls, told WCCO that he plans to introduce a bill this week.
This week, our panelists will assess the state of education in Minnesota. What are we doing right, where do we need to improve and what does the future hold?
In his address last week, President Barack Obama called for investment in mapping the human brain. Much like the Human Genome project, the Brain Activity Map will be a decade-long exploration into the workings of the human brain.
A frac sand mining company proposing two mines in Winona County has agreed to conduct an in-depth environmental review of the projects voluntarily, officials said Thursday.
Reaction to Dayton's proposed re-tooling of sales taxes, income taxes and property taxes has been mostly lukewarm, even among his fellow Democrats. Some are already looking at possible options.
Crews have recovered the bodies of two men who died after their snowmobile went into Lake Superior near Madeline Island.
Grammy Award-winning composer Libby Larsen speaks about composing, performing and enjoying music, in an event held at the Westminster Town Hall Forum Feb. 21, 2013. Her speech was titled, "What You Hear is What You Get: A Composer on Composing."
The pilot of a small plane has died in a crash in western Minnesota.
The federal government has awarded Minnesota $45 million to serve as a model testing site to lower taxpayer costs and improve the quality of care for Medicaid patients.
The National Weather Service says there's an increased risk of spring flooding in Fargo-Moorhead, but the outlook is not raising major concerns.
Today on the MPR News Update: A state Senate committee is hearing from both sides of the gun debate today, Minnesotans are reacting to news about drivers license data breaches, there's some skepticism about Mayo Clinic's job-creation projections regarding its proposed expansion, and we hear from the wife of a soldier coping with personal battles at home.
Wisconsin Republicans' divisive mining bill would cost the state more than $170 million that would be used for recycling and environmental protection every year, according to new projections.
Some local musicians have accepted a creative challenge presented by Beck, who's eager to hear how different musicians interpret his compositions. The Current's David Campbell discussed the project and the latest edition of Local Current Live with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
A bill that would allow cities to install cameras designed to catch red light runners at intersections hit a red light of its own in a House committee.
The Mayo Clinic said its planned expansion will create about 35,000 jobs in Minnesota; 10,000 to 15,000 of those jobs would involve direct employment at Mayo. Some experts are skeptical of the job projections.
The bill introduced Thursday also says the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources can implement a hunting season after five years only if a hunting season is deemed necessary for controlling the wolf population.
The University of Minnesota will enter a digital frontier this spring when it offers its first massive online classes. The courses will be free and accessible by anyone all over the state and the world.
A state legislator says a second round of gun control hearings at the state Capitol starting Thursday will not include discussion of the most controversial proposals. Earlier this month, hundreds of people listened to testimony on the merits of several bills aimed at curbing gun violence. Some legislators want to focus on proposals that are less polarizing and have the most potential to become law.
A month after the DNR released details of an investigation concluding John Hunt had accessed thousands of driver's records for no work-related reason, many of the people he looked up are still left wondering why.
One little bar may be doing more to build a new Vikings stadium than just about any place else in Minnesota right now. It's Porky's on Payne Avenue in St. Paul. There's just 40 seats, four iPads and a pair of iPod Touch games in there, but it's leading the pack for e-pulltab betting so far in February.
Moorhead council members now want the bridge to become public property and free to users, rather than extend the current operating agreement.
Police say 55-year-old Susan Kay Thompson, of Hermantown, was arrested Wednesday at the Grand Casino Hinckley hotel after a brief struggle with Pine County sheriff's deputies.
Ron Latz, Democratic chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will join us to talk about today's hearings on proposed changes to Minnesota's gun laws.
Alcohol had become something she planned her day around.
On an average day, U.S. adults get roughly 11 percent of their calories from fast food, a government study shows.
Republican state senator who supports legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota said Wednesday that he hopes to convince GOP colleagues to join him in abandoning the party's traditional stand on the issue.

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