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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Marriage rally
Opponents of legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota gathered Thursday for a rally at the state Capitol. (03/07/2013)
Recent snowfall has increased the risk of flooding to normal on parts of the Upper Minnesota and Mississippi River basins. (03/07/2013)
A man arrested in the death of an 18-year-old Minnesota woman he had apparently hired as a prostitute through an online ad before killing her also is wanted for three attacks on escorts in Georgia, authorities said Thursday. (03/07/2013)
A former state psychiatrist has filed a lawsuit accusing the Minnesota Department of Human Services and two officials of defaming his reputation and violating the state's data privacy law.
A wide swath of the Northeast could become one of the world's most productive gas drilling regions in the world as companies use hydraulic fracturing to free previously unreachable resources.
Minnesota advocates for Indian woman are hailing today's reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. For years, the law has supported domestic violence prevention programs aimed curbing things like sexual assault. It has also funded shelters and training for law enforcement. But until now, the law did not cover many cases involving American Indian women.
An 86-year-old St. Peter woman with Parkinson's disease and some dementia is facing charges of voter fraud, rasing a number of questions. MPR News speaks with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie for answers.
A Minnesota House committee today approved a bill that would allow higher contributions to political candidates running for state office.
Boston Scientific has alerted physicians about a problem with its new generation of defibrillators.
Some state legislators want the legislative auditor to look into how the Minnesota Orchestra has been spending money from the state.
John Brennan has won Senate confirmation to head the CIA after a late struggle that had more to do with presidential power to order drone strikes than with the nominee's credentials to lead the spy agency.
This week, a panel of local doctors discuss the costs of medical care. How can a trip to the emergency room exceed the cost of a semester of college and miracle drugs require us to pay thousands of dollars per treatment?
John Trostle and Samantha Strong joined The Daily Circuit to take spring home-repair questions.
Do we need to redefine the idea of "Old Age?" In this BBC documentary, Swedish statistician Hans Rosling, crime writer PD James and Oxford Professor of Gerontology Sarah Harper talk about the art of aging.
From the outside, Safe House is just a non-descript home in a residential neighborhood in St. Paul. On the inside though, what is accomplished goes beyond four walls.
A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota has enough votes to clear one of its first legislative hurdles, over protests from opponents.
Facebook is trying to breathe new life into its social network with a redesign of its News Feed.
The word "urban" has come to mean different things to different people. In many cases, its connotation changes based on the racial makeup of the community in which it's being used.
Minnesota author Louise Erdrich speaks at Concordia University in St. Paul about her National Book Award-winning book, "The Roundhouse," and her love of writing.
The Legislature has named four people to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, including two incumbents who got second terms during a challenging time for the university.
Today on the MPR News Update: Rochester tries to figure out IBM's intentions, some DFLers aren't happy their colleagues are working with gun-rights groups, the state may need a new approach for funding special education, And, it may cost you a whole lot more if you want to run for mayor of Minneapolis.
Major flooding as defined by the National Weather Service does not pose significant risk for the communities.
Property-poor school districts and those districts without a voter-approved operating levy would get some funding help under legislation advanced Tuesday by a Minnesota Senate panel.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell to a seasonally adjusted 340,000 last week, driving down the four-week average to its lowest level in five years. The drop is a positive sign ahead of Friday's report on February job growth.
A bill calling for a moratorium and a broad environmental review on frac sand mining is advancing in the Minnesota Senate.
The North Dakota National Guard has won a team championship at the 29th Annual Chief of the National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships.
Margaret Schneider is 86, she has Parkinson's, some dementia, and can't get around very well. She also voted twice in an election last year, once by absentee ballot, and once at the poll place.
The Thursday afternoon gathering is sponsored by Minnesota for Marriage. That's the group that supported the failed constitutional gay marriage ban last fall and is now trying to prevent the Legislature from making same-sex marriage legal.
The recall affects some Legacy and Outback cars from the 2010 to 2013 model years. Also covered are the Impreza from 2012 and 2013 and the XV Crosstrek from 2013.
The vice president of a flight attendants union says a new policy that would allow airline passengers to carry small knives is "outrageous."
IBM's decision this week to move some of its Minnesota operations to New York and Mexico has some wondering how much longer the company will stay in Rochester. The extent of cuts to the company's workforce is yet undisclosed.
Candidates who want to run for Minneapolis mayor may have to pay a higher fee to enter the race. The city's Charter Commission is proposing a raised filing fee of $250, up from $20. Supporters say the move will weed out "frivolous candidates," but critics call it undemocratic.
A change in testing could nearly triple the number of women diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy, but would catching milder cases help mother or baby?
Curiosity hunkered down Wednesday after the sun unleashed a blast that raced toward Mars.
Physicists in Italy said Wednesday they are achingly close to concluding that what they found last year was the Higgs boson, the elusive "God particle." They need to eliminate one last remote possibility that it's something else.
The skills gap that has worried economic development officials for years is more complex than some have thought, says a state study.
A coalition of more than three-dozen advocacy organizations, business and environmental groups and labor unions is pushing a bill that would increase public transportation options in Minnesota.
A federal appeals court has upheld the constitutionality of Minnesota's law banning political messages from polling places.

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