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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Minnesota House committee Wednesday evening approved a bill allowing illegal immigrants to get drivers licenses. (03/13/2013)
Tears and cheers erupted across Latin America on Wednesday as an Argentine cardinal became the first pope from the hemisphere, and many expressed hope that he could help bring the church closer to the poverty-wracked region that is home to more Roman Catholics than any other. (03/13/2013)
Want to know where you can't buy fresh, healthful food? The USDA has the map for you. (03/13/2013)
A new survey shows 78 percent of households in Minnesota have broadband Internet service.
The Minnesota Gambling Control Board heard complaints about the rollout of electronic pulltabs today.
President Barack Obama offered prayers and warm wishes Wednesday to the newly elected pope, applauding the selection of the first pope from the Americas as a sign of the region's strength and vitality.
Rebuilding a distinctive six-story marquee tower that once fronted Duluth's NorShor Theatre will be a part of a $19 million reservation of the 1910s-era building, the developer said.
The day after legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota cleared two committees, Senate Republicans tried to derail the measure with some parliamentary maneuvering. They failed to stop the bill's progress, but managed to get some reluctant rural Democrats to vote on the issue.
Gov. Mark Dayton has no plans to capitulate on his proposal to raise income taxes on top earners to erase the state's projected $627 million deficit and provide more money for education.
Minnesota's three House Republicans were on hand during a rare meeting with President Barack Obama on Wednesday.
The proposed legislation was prompted by concerns about faulty work at the unaccredited St. Paul police crime lab, which suspended drug testing last year after defense attorneys in Dakota County exposed the lab's failure to follow basic scientific procedures.
Planners are focusing on an ambitious system of roads and mass transit projects as they draw up the next generation of transportation for the state. Their fantasy is a system that makes it quick and easy to move people and goods around. It's all part of a plan designed to help Minnesota catch up with transportation spending in other states.
Anna Lappe, speaking at the Westminster Town Hall Forum about sustainable food and farming. She and her mother, Frances Moore Lappe, founded the Small Planet Institute researching the root causes of hunger and poverty.
Minneapolis officials have lifted the evacuation of an area of southwest Minneapolis bounded by 39th and 42nd streets and Upton and Zenith avenues because of a gas leak. Officials say residents can now return to their homes.
Patrick Waddick was named president of the airplane manufacturer Tuesday. Waddick, 47, started with Cirrus 25 years ago as an intern.
Paul Huttner and Kerri Miller discuss research into a prehistoric warming period that could hold clues to what awaits us.
The new documentary, showing at The Lagoon in Minneapolis, highlights people across America who are struggling with hunger despite their best efforts to afford quality food.
Both parties released their proposed budgets this week. We take a look at the two plans with budget experts to sort out the details and examine the motives of Democrats and Republicans in this session.
In her new book, Helaine Olen looks at how the growing personal finance industry targets women. She says women should not be grateful for the attention.
There's a cavalcade of new food developments in the Twin Cities: a new burger bar that also serves elk Wellington, an ambitious attempt at serving sushi in the Minneapolis Skyway and a 21st century approach to food delivery.
Pope Francis is the first ever from the Americas, an austere Jesuit intellectual who modernized Argentina's conservative Catholic church.
Former Minnesota Senate aide Michael Brodkorb has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving in a January interstate crash that left him seriously injured.
A bill legalizing marijuana for medical uses won't be introduced in time to meet deadlines at the state Legislature this year.
Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.
The archbishop of Buenos Aires has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.
Some Americans could see their insurance bills double next year as the health care overhaul law expands coverage to millions of people.
Today on the MPR News Update: The next stop for the same-sex marriage bill, the Wilder Foundation's new CEO targets racial disparities, a former boarding school teachers says he's not guilty of sex crimes, Penumbra Theatre is reborn, and more.
A Chisholm musher has won the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon along the North Shore of Lake Superior.
The St. Charles City Council on Tuesday rejected a land annexation request that could have made way for a major frac sand processing facility within city limits.
St. Paul boyhood friends Harry Blackmun and Warren Burger both served on the US Supreme Court. The legislature is considering installing a bust of Justice Blackmun alongside the existing bust of Justice Burger in the State Capitol. "Courting Harry" is running at the History Theatre in St. Paul. Hear Harry Blackmun in his own words, in a 1993 interview with NPR's Nina Totenberg, and an interview with Linda Greenhouse, author of "Becoming Harry Blackmun."
A federal jury in St. Paul found Geshik-O-Binese Martin and Edward Robinson guilty of first- and second-degree murder and robbery.
The state is one of the first four taking part in GradNation, an initiative of America's Promise Alliance, a group founded by former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Democrats passed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage through two committees Tuesday on party-line vote. The bills will now move to the full House and Senate.
Former Shattuck-St. Mary's teacher Lynn Seibel, speaking publicly for the first time, said he is not guilty of sexually abusing students at the Faribault boarding school. In a jail interview with MPR News on Saturday, Seibel said he prays he will be acquitted and can return to his life as an actor in California.
In the latest issue of The Weekly Standard, Matthew Continetti, editor-in-chief of The Washington Free Beacon, argues that if Republicans want to make a comeback, they have to stop trying to have it all.
The the 53-year-old, Minnesota-born Seavey crossed the finish line at 10:39 p.m. local time on Tuesday -- 2:39 a.m. ET Wednesday.
The proposal would establish a prevention text line that people who need help can contact to get emergency contact information. It would also provide training in schools and communities about how to use the new program.
The boy was being held Tuesday in the Arrowhead Juvenile Center on a preliminary charge of second-degree murder. Formal charges have not been filed.
Formaldehyde is sometimes released from chemicals in personal care products like bubble bath. BPA -- bisphenol -- has been used to line baby food jar lids.
Smoke started pouring from a special chimney above the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City Wednesday morning -- and its dark color means the 115 cardinals meeting inside the chapel have not yet agreed on a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.
The proposal, authored by DFL Rep. Jerry Newton, of Coon Rapids, would add chips, pretzels, cookies and other prepackaged treats to the list of snack items subject to the state's 6.88 percent sales tax.
Minnesota's stark unemployment gap between whites and racial minorities continues to vex civic leaders. In the Twin Cities, for example, blacks are more than three times as likely as whites to be unemployed. That disparity leads the U.S. among 25 large metro areas included in a national study published last year. Local nonprofit and business communities warn that the region's economy will suffer if the gap persists.
Penumbra Theatre is mounting its first show after almost closing its doors. The cast and crew of "Spunk" say they hope the production will be a thank you to the people who saved the company from oblivion, and a reminder of what was almost lost.
Legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota has survived two committees on party-line votes, and bills are now headed to the full House and Senate. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton said he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk.
Senators working on a sweeping immigration bill will likely abandon the idea of a new high-tech ID card for workers because it's too expensive, a key negotiator said.
Advanced or intermediate algebra? Honors or basic geometry? When it comes to high school math, the labels may not really matter -- or necessarily predict what's in the textbook.
A Catholic organization has set up a website that lets people register to receive a text or email notification when a pope has been selected by cardinals meeting in Vatican City.

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