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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A panel of federal health experts says a long-established bone strengthening drug should no longer be used by women because there is little evidence it works and it may actually increase the risk of cancer. (03/05/2013)
Wolf after kill
Dozens of U.S. House members urged federal regulators Tuesday to retain legal protections for gray wolves across most of the lower 48 states, saying the resilient predator could continue expanding its range if humans don't get in the way. (03/05/2013)
Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it sold a record 11,600 natural gas vehicles in its 2012 model year, more than triple the number it sold in 2010. (03/05/2013)
The Ramsey county attorney charged a 17 year old Maplewood boy Tuesday with second degree murder in the death of Anna Hurd, 16. She was found stabbed in a park.
The gun control debate continues this week at the Capitol with a DFL legislator planning to introduce a bill that will not include universal background checks for gun sales.
As we dig out from the second biggest snowstorm this winter, many of us have mixed feelings about our recent snow blitz and hesitant spring.
Walmart plans to break ground early next year on a huge distribution center in Mankato. The 420,000-square-foot center will handle perishable groceries and is expected to add millions of dollars to the city's tax base, as well as some 300 jobs.
A company that hopes to commercialize a corn-based process to make an industrial chemical says it plans to resume production this year at its southwest Minnesota plant.
Deadly superbugs, called Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae [CRE], are on the rise in Minnesota and across much of the nation.
Comedy Central says Jon Stewart will take a break from "The Daily Show" starting in June to direct and produce his first feature film.
President Hugo Chavez, the fiery populist who declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America, died Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer.
Minnesota's only professional soccer team, the minor league Minnesota Stars, are getting a new name.
The Dow closed at a record high Tuesday, beating the previous high it set in October 2007, before the financial crisis and the Great Recession.
State officials are launching a pilot program to encourage food stamp recipients to eat more fruits and vegetables.
Investigators have been unable to determine what caused a St. Charles motel fire that killed a South Dakota man in December.
The 20 million second-generation Americans are substantially better off than their parents on several key measures of socioeconomic attainment including income, educational achievement and home ownership, according to a new Pew study.
Analysts and politicians have worried that the sequestration cuts might pose a threat to the economic recovery. To that concern, millions of unemployed Americans might reply: "What recovery?"
How does an improved revenue forecast affect Minnesota's prospects for fiscal stability? An easier challenge now may get in the way of structural change.
What makes a film a good candidate for a remake? And when is enough enough?
Parts of Minnesota have as much as five inches of moisture in the current snowpack, but that doesn't mean the drought is over.
More than 30 groups plan to push for a renewable energy and jobs agenda over the next two years during this session of the Legislature.
Chinese authorities say they have destroyed nearly two tons of chocolate cake imported by Sweden's Ikea for violating food quality standards.
Tens of thousands of Minnesota students got a day off Tuesday as the second day of a slow-moving snowstorm made travel difficult across much of the region.
Today on the MPR News Update: The Minnesota House gives a thumbs-up to the health insurance exchange bill, many Republicans give a thumbs down to DFL-championed election changes, and the state's largest cities hope for a legislative bounty, and ketchup-flavored potato chips. But first, the weather:
Former President Jimmy Carter says the U.S. must make a stronger commitment to peace, freedom, human rights, environmental protection and alleviating poverty. He spoke Feb. 24, 2013 at the Commonwealth Club of California, and answered questions about the world's hot spots and the movie "Argo."
University of Minnesota researchers, using stem cell technology, have sparked muscle regeneration in laboratory mice with a fast-moving form of muscular dystrophy, a disease that severely weakens muscles.
Tens of thousands of Minnesota students got a day off Tuesday as the second day of a slow-moving snowstorm made travel difficult across much of the region.
On the heels of a failed Republican-backed constitutional amendment that would have required Minnesotans to present photo identification at the polls, Democrats in the Minnesota Senate have introduced legislation designed to make voting easier through early voting.
Minnesota's employers added about 12,000 new jobs in January, which helped put the state's job market 90 percent of the way back to pre-recession levels.
A former bookkeeper for an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America synod is charged with swindling $600,000.
The Minnesota House passed a bill Monday establishing the state's health insurance exchange, the first step toward enactment of an online marketplace that aims to give more than a million Minnesotans a new place to purchase affordable health insurance.
Home prices rose 9.7 percent in January from a year ago, according to data released Tuesday by CoreLogic. That's up from an 8.3 percent increase in December and the biggest annual gain since April 2006.
When you mix red and blue, you get purple. Some Minnesota lawmakers hope that is a potent blend which results in less polarized politics. Yesterday, DFL Sen. Roger Reinert of Duluth and Republican Sen. Jeremy Miller of Winona launched the bipartisan "Purple Caucus" saying it is time for both parties to come together. Miller discussed the new caucus with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
It was the sound of teenage boys screaming that jolted teacher Seth Hedderick out of his apartment one night in a dormitory at Shattuck-St. Mary's. What he uncovered would remain a secret for years until it surfaced in criminal charges against one of the Faribault boarding school's most beloved teachers.
The Wisconsin State Patrol says a semi slid off a snow-covered interstate in western Wisconsin and landed in a river.
The DFL-controlled Minnesota House has passed a key part of the Obama administration's health care law -- a state-based health insurance exchange -- by a 72 to 58 vote, largely along party line.
Shattuck-St. Mary's is a private Episcopal school with about 400 middle and high school students. Given the school's national reputation as a hockey powerhouse, as well as a general reluctance among victims of sexual abuse to talk about their past, the six victims listed in court documents might be the only ones who come forward. And for those six, the process for some has involved finally realizing that they were victims of sexual abuse, investigators said.
A former Shattuck-St. Mary's teacher appears in court this week in Faribault to face charges of sexual abuse. Lynn Seibel is accused of abusing six male students at the Faribault boarding school from 1999 to 2003. The school claims it knew nothing of the alleged crimes. An MPR News investigation shows several teachers did know about some of Seibel's behavior but failed to tell police. The insular nature of the private boarding school is one reason the former teacher gained access to children, and school officials took few steps to prevent the alleged abuse.
A Minnesota state Senate committee Monday approved a $10 million fund to boost filmmaking in the state.
A late-season snowstorm that blanketed parts of the Dakotas on Monday was threatening to do the same to cities from Minneapolis to Chicago, which were bracing for as much as 10 inches of powder.
Understanding the Affordable Care Act is a challenge even for governors, state lawmakers and agency officials, but delivering its message to non-English speakers who can benefit from it is shaping up as a special complication. That is especially true in states with large and diverse immigrant populations.
The White House warns that states will lose funding that could curb programs and lead to layoffs in the face of broad budget cuts, though skeptics question to reliability of the numbers or how soon potential changes would be felt.
Republicans controlling the House moved Monday to ease a crunch in Pentagon readiness while limiting the pain felt by such agencies as the FBI and the Border Patrol from the across-the-board spending cuts that are just starting to take effect.
In what's being called the most rigorous look yet inside the wellness trend, a new study raises doubts that workplace wellness programs save the company money.

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