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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Minnesota Executive Council unanimously approved an iron ore mining lease today as part of a continued mining renaissance on the Iron Range. (03/06/2013)
A western Minnesota man is facing felony drug charges after authorities say they found 32 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated quarter-million dollars in his home. (03/06/2013)
A new report shows numbers of homeless people rising in Minnesota. More than 10,200 homeless adults, youth, and children were counted October 2012 in shelters, transitional housing, at hot meal programs, or on the streets. (03/06/2013)
The new head of the St. Paul branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the agency will focus less on white collar crime in order to crack down on violent crime.
A report offered to Minnesota lawmakers Wednesday suggests the state give schools more special education funding, but also take steps to curb the increasing costs of those programs. Special education is taking up more and more of school districts' budgets, at a time when federal and state funds don't fully cover what schools spend on special education.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers Wednesday announced a bill that aims to toughen penalties for criminals who carry guns.
Republicans say they will offer about 100 amendments to an insurance exchange bill when the Minnesota Senate debates it Thursday.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau teaches a night class at St. Mary's University in Minneapolis to current and prospective officers about how to better understand the different communities they interact with.
Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act into law, granting 12 weeks of job protection to workers recovering from an accident, tending to a sick loved one or caring for a new baby. How well does the law work today?
Finances may not be the first concern when one hears a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. But for the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer's and their families, money often becomes a big issue.
When a leaked memo laid out a legal rationale for an expanded exercise of executive power, an uncomfortable parallel emerged. Didn't Obama criticize his predecessor along similar lines?
Airline passengers will be able to carry small knives, souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment onto planes beginning next month under a policy change announced Tuesday by the head of the Transportation Security Administration.
A group of farmers and other landowners hope state lawmakers will address some of their concerns over a major project to upgrade electricity transmission lines throughout Minnesota.
There's no doubt Minnesota's seen a big jump in the number of handgun permits issued by county sheriffs. But where are those guns?
A little extra money spent on good quality spices make a huge difference in our food.
Want to know your chances of dying in the next 10 years? Here are some bad signs: getting winded walking several blocks, smoking, and having trouble pushing a chair across the room.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton hinted strongly Tuesday that he plans to ease up on his plan to tax transactions between businesses.
Three federal defendants have been indicted in an attack on two correctional officers at the Sherburne County Jail.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says he would be comfortable with increasing the state's minimum wage to $9.00 or $9.50 an hour.
Today on the MPR News Update: The assault weapons ban is out, backgrounds checks are out, so what's left in legislation aimed at curbing gun violence? Also, how might the governor's sales tax proposals affect you? The state economy appears to be better than we thought.. Somali natives are being sent back to their homeland. We go in-depth on allegations of sexual abuse at Shattuck St.Mary's. And, hockey will rule St. Paul the next few days, but is it safer?
Job openings posted online dipped in February, nationwide and in Minnesota according to the latest report from The Conference Board.
The two-term chairman of the Minnesota College Republicans on Wednesday became the latest from his party to support legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.
A law designed to protect copyrights on music and movies put digital locks on all sorts of things.
Scientist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond, speaking at the Commonwealth Club of California about his newest book, "The World Until Yesterday." He examines what we can learn from traditional societies about aging, child-rearing, conflict resolution and other human concerns.
IBM says it's moving three of its product manufacturing operations out of Rochester. The changes will start later this year and be completed in mid-2014.
IBM says it's moving most production from its Rochester plant to Mexico and New York state.
Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether U.S. efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation were worth the cost.
Relatives of an 87-year-old woman who died after a nurse at her retirement home refused a 911 dispatcher's pleas to perform CPR expressed satisfaction with the care she received, saying her wishes were to die naturally, while the company that owns the facility now says its worker failed to follow proper procedures.
Flyers reacted with shrugs but largely agreed with a new policy announced by the Transportation Security Administration that airline passengers will be able to carry small knives and previously forbidden sports equipment on planes.
The U.S. officially recognized Somalia's government for the first time in two decades earlier this year, and it is now deporting Somalis again, starting with sex offenders and other felons. Deportations had been suspended for many years while the country had no functioning government.
Job recovery in Minnesota is further along than thought. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has issued revisions to the state's job numbers going back almost two years. The new numbers suggest that in another month or two, Minnesota's payroll levels will return to their pre-recessionary peak.
Mark Dayton's gubernatorial campaign called for higher taxes on wealthy Minnesotans. He said then and now that they need to pay their fair share. Dayton speaks about his ambitious sales tax plan in similar terms - that it is intended to force businesses to pay their fair share. While the governor insists average Minnesotans would not get stuck with the bill, many are skeptical.
As the boys' high school hockey tournament gets underway today, Minnesota hockey officials are evaluating whether new safety rules have been effective.
The chief sponsor of a bill that would require universal background checks for gun buyers is not backing down, despite signs the measure doesn't have enough support to pass the House. A bipartisan group of lawmakers will announce today a separate gun bill that does not include universal background checks. The dispute is creating a rift between two powerful DFL legislators.
Despite signs of stepped-up White House involvement, a bipartisan compromise over expanded background checks for gun buyers remained elusive Tuesday as a Senate committee prepared for votes this week on curbing firearms.
Families who move to the U.S. from other countries have a lot of obstacles to overcome. The Mohantys of Woodbury have adapted to life in the U.S. but also want to preserve their Indian heritage. As part of MPR's Young Reporters Series, Amrita Mohanty tells us how she and her sister are learning more about their culture.
This week on the Climate Cast, we discussed a new study that indicates spring might arrive five weeks earlier by the year 2100. What would that mean for Minnesota?

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