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Friday, March 1, 2013

President Barack Obama has signed an order authorizing the government to begin cutting $85 billion from federal accounts, officially enacting across-the-board reductions that he opposed but failed to avert. (03/01/2013)
The U.S. government says it is looking into reports that three Laotian-Americans have gone missing in southern Laos. (03/01/2013)
A review of how the Pawlenty administration set payment rates for HMOs managing care for public health programs raises questions about high profit margins for the private health plans. (03/01/2013)
Across-the-board budget cuts were set to take effect Friday without a deal in Washington. The cuts will hit everything from national parks to air traffic, including the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. The program provides benefits to about 125,000 low-income people in Minnesota. But the consequences may be less dire than some in Washington have predicted.
The number of Minnesotans with permits to carry handguns in public continues to climb.
NORAD is considering removing two of its 18 Air Force sites from 24-hour alert, saying it would save millions of dollars without compromising its ability to defend against 9/11-style attacks.
The police in Maplewood say they have made an arrest in the death of a 16-year-old girl found stabbed last Saturday.
Best Buy's future is less cloudy today, at least the immediate future. Founder Dick Schulze has dropped for now his months-long quest to buy the company and take it private. The retailer also reported improved financial results for the quarter that included Christmas. The company posted a loss of $400 million, much smaller than the $1.8 billion loss in the same quarter a year ago.
The 11th International Festival of Owls takes place this weekend in Houston in southeastern Minnesota.
Historian Ronald White gives a Chautauqua Lecture about Civil War General and US President Ulysses S. Grant, his intellectual journey and the moral compass that guided him from West Point to war to the presidency. Grant authored what's considered the greatest presidential memoir ever written.
In a turnabout, Minnesota gun rights advocates are lining up modest revisions to the state's gun laws as a way to fend off more serious restrictions and give lawmakers the chance to make some progress on a politically charged issue.
A pipe organ worth the name should cause dress hems and pant cuffs to flutter just a bit. And the refurbished instrument at the Cathedral of St. Paul ought to do just that when it goes into service on March 30.
Minnesota's Mayo Clinic wants to secure its position as a leader in the health care industry, and has proposed a $5 billion expansion plan to accomplish that goal. But Mayo faces competition from several well-funded global medical centers, and that's part of the reason the clinic says it needs to build for the future.
Today on the MPR News Update: The impact of looming sequestration on Minnesota's economy, the outlook for taxes in light of a lowered state deficit projection, a deadline for tribal members in a federal settlement, and reaction to a Republican's surprising shift on same-sex marriage.
Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis discuss "Jack the Giant Slayer," and "The Gatekeepers" in this week's Cube Critics.
A measure that would strengthen Minnesota's bullying law passed the House Education Policy committee Thursday night.
Minnesota Public Radio News invites you to share your images of Minnesota on Flickr. If you do, we may pick your work to appear on MPR's Minnesota Today, and in a monthly gallery right here. We're looking for general interest photos of all kinds: wildlife, landscapes, festivals, events, rural scenes, urban life, outdoor recreation, sports, lutefisk -- pretty much anything that you think reflects life in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Below you'll find our picks from February (and one or two from earlier that were too good to pass up).
A fiscal deadline all but blown, President Barack Obama says he once again wants to seek a big fiscal deal that would raise taxes and trim billions from expensive and ever growing entitlement programs. But with automatic federal spending cuts ready to start taking their toll, the path toward that grand bargain Obama campaigned on last year has significantly narrowed.
A secret investigation into Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's former aides and associates closed last week without any charges being filed against Walker.
The Minnesota State Patrol has released dashcam video from the squad of Sgt. Scott Wahl showing the crash of a milk truck in the Lowry Tunnel on Interstate 94 on Wednesday.
Best Buy's earnings report comes just hours after a midnight deadline for company founder Richard Schulze to make an offer to buy the company. The deadline came and went with no announcement of any offer or deal.
Birthdays can take on special meanings: Tangible evidence that they are still here, yet also milestones on a dwindling journey.
A new report finds Amtrak ridership at an all-time high in the Twin Cities and other metro areas. The report from the Washington-based Brookings Institution looked at ridership levels for the national railroad in the largest 100 metro areas between 1997 to 2012.
Today marks the deadline for American Indians who wish to take part in a multibillion dollar settlement with the federal government. The deadline marks a halfway point in paying out $3.4 billion to tribes over the federal government's poor management of money and land owned by tribes.
It's not just honey bees that are in trouble. The fuzzy American bumblebee seems to be disappearing in the Midwest.
In a historic argument for gay rights, President Barack Obama on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban and turn a skeptical eye on similar prohibitions across the country.
The new state budget forecast indicates Minnesota's job market will grow modestly and employment could finally return to pre-recession levels this year. The review out yesterday says federal spending cuts taking effect today threaten relatively few jobs in Minnesota. But political uncertainty continues to be a damper on growth.
Automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester begin to take hold today. Minnesota's members of Congress are mostly back here in their home state and not in Washington trying to undo the $85 billion in cuts that members of both parties describe as harmful.

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