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Friday, February 22, 2013

The House and Senate appeared headed for another partisan battle as the House prepared to take up its version of the once-noncontroversial Violence Against Women Act. (02/22/2013)
Funeral for Officer Josh Lynaugh
Hundreds of mourners have said goodbye to a fallen St. Paul police officer who lived his childhood dream to follow in his father's footsteps. (02/22/2013)
St. Paul Police Department
A judge has granted a defense request to reopen the hearing that exposed shoddy work by the St. Paul police crime lab. (02/22/2013)
Minnesota keeps more than 675 people behind bars even though they've served their time because of the possibility they will commit another sex offense. That raises questions over constitutional rights that led to the appointment of two committees charged with recommending reforms to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. A report shows that the program grew unchecked in 2012. Courts committed people at the same rate.
Southern Minnesota dairy farmer Michael Hartmann faces three more criminal charges in connection with selling unpasteurized milk and other food products.
The Mayo Clinic's request for taxpayer help to become what it calls a Destination Medical Center is drawing comparisons to the Vikings' bid for a new football stadium.
The Hennepin County Attorney's office filed kidnapping charges Friday against a 30-year-old Minneapolis woman.
Here comes the sequester: big federal spending cuts and a new season of economic uncertainty for a nation still trying to shake off a recession.
Authorities have identified the two men who died when they broke through ice while snowmobiling on Lake Superior off Madeline Island.
Roman Catholic priests should be allowed to marry and have children, Britain's most senior Catholic cleric said Friday.
Many of the air traffic control towers slated to close under "the sequester" are at airports without airline service.
The body of an 18-year-old woman has been found hidden in a car that was towed to an impound lot in Columbia Heights.
This winter is on pace be one of the deadliest for ice-related fatalities.
The Minnesota senator leading the charge in silica sand mining debate is calling for a statewide study and the creation of a regional board to oversee the booming industry.
The dispute over whether the new Vikings "People's Stadium" will accommodate baseball people seems close to getting resolved.
Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis welcome Star Tribune film critic Colin Covert to discuss the Oscar's best-picture and best-director nominations in this week's Cube Critics.
A teenager who fell 45 feet from a New Mexico ski lift says he was falling straight toward a big rock and was sure he would die.
Today on the MPR News Update: Snow sends us into the weekend, there's more bad news from the St. Paul police crime lab, lawmakers consider alternates to the governor's budget proposal, other states are also fixing their budgets, and the flu vaccine isn't working that well for older folks.
A snowstorm moved through the region overnight, closing schools and caused delays for morning commuters.
This week, we visited Pillsbury House and Theatre in Minneapolis, saw frac sand mining and gun violence protests at the State Capitol and weathered yet another winter storm.
Historian David Nichols speaks about Abraham Lincoln's Indian policies during the Civil War, and his role in Minnesota's US-Dakota War of 1862. He spoke at the 2013 History Forum at the Minnesota Historical Society.
After months of collecting public input, engineers working on the Southwest Light Rail Transit are figuring out exactly where to put facilities, stations and the line itself.
Many states are in the middle of major tax overhauls. Minnesota's governor is proposing to expand the sales tax and lower the corporate tax rate while loopholes are eliminated and tax rates raised on the wealthiest individuals in the state.
Gun rights advocates say many of the gun control proposals being considered by state legislators will do more to infringe on their rights than to reduce violence.
The drug Kadcyla from Roche combines the established drug Herceptin with a powerful chemotherapy drug and a third chemical linking the medicines together. The chemical keeps the cocktail intact until it binds to a cancer cell, delivering a double-shot of anti-tumor poison.
Seventy-one-year-old Sharon Ann Ripka is charged in Dakota County District Court with attempted domestic assault by strangulation, making terroristic threats and interfering with a 911 call.
University of Minnesota meteorologist Mark Seeley talks with Morning Edition'S Cathy Wurzer about the winter storm affecting a large portion of the Midwest. Plus, a new seasonal outlook calls for weather that is wetter and warmer than usual.
The defending national champion University of Minnesota Women's hockey team goes for its 41st straight win tonight on the road against St. Cloud State. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talks with head coach Brad Frost about his record-setting team.
A home in Fargo that will rent space to felons trying to adjust back into the community is expected to be ready Saturday.
An Excelsior coin dealer accused of scamming customers out of $2.5 million has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
In a marketing email to customers this week, warehouse store Sam's Club listed among its most popular selling items a year's supply of emergency food for a family of four. It costs $2,667 for a pallet of food in plastic buckets and has a shelf-life of up to 25 years.
A South Dakota Senate committee is looking at a bill that would allow school districts to arm teachers and other personnel with guns.
The season runs from 5 a.m. March 2 until midnight on April 27. Participants will need a state fishing license and an inland trout stamp.
Officer John Lynaugh was 30 years old and a five-year veteran of the St. Paul Police Department.
A major snow storm that shuttered airports in Missouri, stranded truckers in Illinois and buried parts of Kansas in knee-deep powder was promising a messy and possibly dangerous commute Friday morning as it crawls northeast.
During a Senate committee hearing Thursday at the Capitol, some activists spoke out passionately against a proposal to require background checks for nearly all gun sales, while others demanded curbs as a way to combat gun violence.
MnDOT is listing all roads in the southeastern part of the state in difficult driving condition, from Mora and North Branch, though the Twin Cities, and down a line through Sleepy Eye, St. James and Fairmont. Heavy and blowing snow is also reducing visibility for much the state southeast of the Twin Cities.
School officials, police, Somali community leaders and parents all have roles to play.
Don't be afraid to question your doctor and ask, "Do I really need that?" That's the advice from leading medical groups who came up dozens of tests and treatments that physicians too often prescribe when they shouldn't.
A recent courtroom incident quickly went viral. But for a few dozen new federal judges, it became a lesson in finding ways to acknowledge they experience a range of feelings on the bench and to channel them appropriately.
When Kevin Mandia, a retired military cybercrime investigator, decided to expose China as a primary threat to U.S. computer networks, he didn't have to consult with American diplomats in Beijing or declassify tactics to safely reveal government secrets.

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