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Friday, March 8, 2013

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is watching a stagnant weather pattern over southern Minnesota that is increasing air pollution. (03/08/2013)
The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act by Congress earlier this week will have some impact in Minneapolis. (03/08/2013)
Welcome to a Minnesota March weekend. One day teases spring with sunny skies and temps pushing 40 Fahrenheit. The next? Everything is coated with ice, rain and melting snow creates 10,000 new lakes in the streets, and slushy snow is piling up. (03/08/2013)
When the streaming video service Netflix decided to begin producing its own TV content, it chose House of Cards as its first project. Based on a BBC series, the show stars Kevin Spacey and is directed by David Fincher, and it has quickly become the most watched series ever on Netflix.
A man wanted in a string of attacks last year against women in Georgia is now charged with killing a young woman in Minnesota whose bloodied body was found hidden in blankets in her mother's towed car.
As lawmakers in Washington continue to negotiate over immigration policies, they'll have to grapple with a fundamental disagreement about the link between immigrants and crime.
If you enjoy having a good argument, Friday's report on the labor market gives you plenty to chew over.
As winter wanes into spring, flu season wanes, too. But while people get the flu when it's cold in the United States, in Senegal they're getting sick when it's hot.
Wisconsin's senators are invading Minnesota. The Minnesota Republican Party announced Friday that first-term GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin will keynote the party's annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner to be held in early April.
A report released Friday shows the University of Minnesota is fairly efficient in how it staffs its management. Legislators had asked for the report after a December Wall Street Journal article painted the picture of a system with too many well-paid administrators. State officials who have seen the analysis say they're pleased.
At least a couple of Minnesota lawmakers feel Minnesota might want to rethink the deal it gave the Vikings in light of the deal struck with Atlanta and the Falcons. The Falcons are putting an estimated $800 million into their new $1 billion stadium, compared to the Vikings $477 million contribution. (Minneapolis is putting in $150 miillion and the state is putting in $348 million.)
Minnesota taxpayers are advised not to file using Turbo Tax or other products made by Intuit until the company fixes a number of problems, said the state Department of Revenue on Friday.
Most Americans want government austerity, a survey shows, but they also want increased spending on a host of popular programs: education, crime fighting, health care, Social Security, the environment and more. Less for defense, space and foreign aid.
It's the weekend to spring ahead for daylight saving time. Most Americans will get an hour less sleep but will gain an hour more of evening sunlight in the coming months.
The fact that a mountain-climbing CEO of an outdoors company is President Barack Obama's nominee for interior secretary underscores a new reality in Washington and beyond: the growing influence of outdoor recreation as a political and economic force.
Reports released this week show an improving economy in Minnesota and the nation.
Former Republican governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush, speaking March 8, 2013 at the Reagan Presidential Library about his new book, "Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution."
Today on the MPR News Update: The Minnesota Senate OKs legislation that would create a health insurance exchange website, advocates for Indian women cheer the Violence Against Women Act, the governor backs off part of his tax overhaul plan, same-sex marriage opponents rally to oppose a bill that keeps moving through the Capitol ... and more.
This week, The Cube Critics Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr were occupied with "Dead Man Down," "John Dies at the End," and "No."
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill Friday allowing the state's school districts to arm teachers and other personnel with guns.
Cardinals have set Tuesday as the start date for the conclave to elect the next pope, a milestone in this unusual papal transition.
Minnesota is home to two of the largest snowmobile manufacturers in the world, so perhaps it's no surprise that the state is also home to some of the best snowmobile racers in the world. One of them, Tucker Hibbert, is king of snocross, the sport's most eye-popping, television-friendly and dangerous events.
An independent report on the University of Minnesota's administrative structure finds some departments could be made more efficient by increasing the employee to supervisor ratio.
A report released Friday by Minnesota's Legislative Auditor says the state should pay dentists more for treating patients enrolled in Minnesota's Medical Assistance program.
Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday the revised budget plan he will release next week will not include a sales tax on business or consumer services.
Federal statistics show that efforts to douse the largest of the nation's wildfires last year cost more than $580 million, and some fires burned for more than three months.
A senior al-Qaida leader and son-in-law of Osama bin Laden pleaded not guilty Friday in federal court in New York to plotting against Americans in his role as the terror network's top spokesman.
U.S. employers ramped up hiring in February, adding 236,000 jobs and pushing the unemployment rate down to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January. Stronger hiring shows businesses are confident about the economy, despite higher taxes and government spending cuts.
Two people are dead and a another is wounded after a shooting in north Minneapolis early this morning at an after-hours party.
The U.S. Coast Guard is warning ice anglers and others that changing winds and warming temperatures have caused shifting and thinning ice on Lake Superior, the Duluth-Superior harbor and connecting rivers.
Signaling a major shift in his budget and tax proposals, Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday there won't be a sales tax on business or consumer services in the the revised budget plan he'll release next week.
The mother of three Minnesota boys who died with their father in a 2010 plane wreck in western Wyoming is suing a company that provides air traffic control services at the Jackson Hole Airport.
A Minnesota prosecutor says a teenage boy won't be charged in a bow-and-arrow accident that killed his 16-year-old friend last fall.
The state House Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy committee on Thursday passed one of the proposed bills to increase minimum wages. We'll look at the status of the various minimum wage bills in the Legislature.
The Minnesota Senate on Thursday night passed legislation creating an online health insurance marketplace that's slated to be up and running by October.
It's been almost a week since the across-the-board federal budget cuts started going into effect. Many of the more than 21,000 federal employees who live and work in Minnesota are starting to get furlough notices. Some are putting off big purchases and travel in expectation of losing as much as a month of pay between now and September.
A new study looking at 11,000 years of climate temperatures shows the world in the middle of a dramatic U-turn, lurching from near-record cooling to a heat spike.
Paul Giamatti is best known for his portrayals of characters wrestling with angst. But in his latest role, the Indie star leaps into sci-fi horror.
Surging stock prices and steady home-price increases have finally allowed Americans to regain the $16 trillion in wealth they lost to the Great Recession.
All but one of the nation's 18 largest banks are more prepared to withstand a severe U.S. recession and a global downturn than at any time since the 2008 financial crisis, the Federal Reserve says.

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