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Thursday, March 14, 2013

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The NCAA women's hockey tournament is about to start, and there's no wonder about who the favorite is: Minnesota. The way the Gophers have been playing, dominating this sport like never before, the real mystery surrounding the event might actually be whether they'll give up a goal. (03/14/2013)
Democrats in the Minnesota House are advancing changes to state election law that have some bipartisan support, but also differ sharply from a Senate plan. (03/14/2013)
Legislation to enact a centerpiece of the federal health care overhaul is getting a bumpy ride in the Minnesota House. (03/14/2013)
The 40th annual Twin Cities Auto Show is underway at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Crowds of people come to admire the pristine new vehicles, many with dreams of owning one. But this year more visitors are likely to put their money where their dreams are. New car and truck sales have been on the upswing.
The Vikings agreed to terms with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been officially announced. It's been a busy day for the Vikings, who also were hosting Green Bay Packers free agent receiver Greg Jennings for a visit.
The Minnesota state butterfly, the Monarch, is in trouble. Scientists report a drop of nearly 60 percent in the number of Monarch butterflies making it to their winter home in Mexico this year -- the lowest level since record-keeping began 20 years ago.
Gov. Mark Dayton's revised budget plan relies on higher income taxes for the state's top earners and an increased cigarette tax to erase a projected deficit and increase spending for education. The revised plan does not include a sales tax on services and does away with Dayton's earlier $1.4 billion plan to give homeowners a $500 property tax credit. Dayton said increasing taxes on the wealthy is a matter of fairness.
The Basilica was decked out in papal colors, gold and white bunting hung from the entrance, and a flag with the pope's coat of arms was displayed near the pulpit.
People who've had too much to drink can sometimes wind up in dire situations -- beaten up, passed out from alcohol poisoning, or sexually assaulted. But when a young person is involved, many times no one calls 911 because underage drinkers are afraid police will cite them. An attempt to change that is being made in Minnesota.
Twin messages are now expected to frame the beginning of the papacy of Pope Francis: Reinforcing the Vatican's views on issues such as birth control and women's ordination, yet showing an activist streak toward poverty and international debt.
The Basilica of Saint Mary on the edge of downtown Minneapolis held a celebratory Mass Thursday in honor of the new pope, Francis I.
Thomas Drake, a former senior executive at the National Security Agency, speaks March 15, 2013 at the National Press Club in Washington. He was charged with espionage after he blew the whistle on waste, fraud and illegal activity at the NSA.
Minnesota's death toll from influenza climbed to 176, including seven more deaths that were confirmed during week 10 of the flu season that ended last Saturday.
A state Senate committee has stalled efforts to ban a substance commonly found in antibacterial soap.
Our panelists discuss the ideas and issues raised in Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's new book "Lean In."
While genetic modification has brought us glowing cats and cloned bulls, there are new developments in the field that could improve our lives. Potentially, such research could cure cancer or blindness. Do the possible benefits outweigh the ethical implications?
The funds that help soldiers and veterans go to school are just a small part of what's falling to the sequestration ax. Here are a few of the other casualties.
Artistic Director Lou Bellamy, who founded Penumbra Theatre 37 years ago, spoke to The Daily Circuit about what he's learned from the theater's near-death experience.
Not everyone will find the Affordable Care Act lives up to its name.
A 17-year-old Duluth boy is charged with killing a U.S. Army veteran who suffered more than 50 wounds to his head, face, neck and back.
Minnesota will join a division featuring Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Winnipeg, Nashville and St. Louis.
A Minnesota Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that would put a five-year moratorium on wolf hunting in Minnesota.
Brandon Paul scored 25 points and hit a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to lead Illinois to a 51-49 victory over Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday.
Today on the MPR News Update: A Minnesota House leader chimes in on the governor's revamped budget; the prospects seem good for an increase in the minimum wage; one southeastern Minnesota community draws a line in the frac sand, meteorologist Paul Huttner discusses global warming that took place 55 million years ago, and more.
The state of North Dakota and Microsoft are starting a three-year digital literacy program to provide technology training for students and adults.
Gov. Mark Dayton is asking Minnesota's wealthiest citizens to pay more than a billion dollars in new income taxes in order to boost state funding for schools and colleges by nearly $900 million.
The break happened during a planned repair project, and flooded the area on the south end of downtown, including an underground pedestrian tunnel and the Duluth Radisson Haborview Hotel.
Working mothers increasingly want full-time jobs, and tough economic times might be a big reason, according to a national survey. The poll comes amid a national debate on women in the workplace ignited by a new book from top Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg
A Brainerd man is facing felony charges after a pipe bomb was discovered in a foreclosed home during a search of the residence.
The Senate Environment and Energy Committee will hear from both sides Thursday on the contentious issue.
A record number of U.S. counties -- more than 1 in 3 -- are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs elsewhere.
In a vigorous response to critics of his budget proposals, Gov. Mark Dayton told business leaders Wednesday that he would continue to push for an income tax increase on top earners.
The Macy's in downtown St. Paul is slated to close soon with no clear indication of what's next for the large space. We discuss different ideas for the site with Matt Kramer, president of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.
Fewer Americans sought unemployment aid last week, reducing the average number of weekly applications last month to a five-year low. The drop shows that fewer layoffs are strengthening the job market.
Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff Thursday, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and pay the bill himself in a decidedly different style for the papacy usually ensconced inside the frescoed halls of the Vatican.
A bill raising minimum wage in Minnesota would make it the highest of any state in the country and has cleared its final committee in the state House. Some economists say the effect of a minimum wage hike on the overall economy is negligible, but will likely make big difference in the lives of minimum wage workers and their employers.
Abortion restrictions have been cut from a final version of the health insurance exchange bill set for a full House vote on Thursday. The legislation will impact how more than a million Minnesotans obtain health coverage, starting in October.
In choosing 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio of Argentina, now Pope Francis, the College of Cardinals signaled the growing importance of Latin America, Africa and Asia in the church's fortunes. But they also affirmed their commitment to traditional church doctrine.
Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope Wednesday, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Francis, associating himself with the humble 13th-century Italian preacher who lived a life of poverty.
A tax-preparation glitch affecting about 660,000 tax returns will delay refunds by as long as six weeks, with customers of the nation's largest tax preparer among those affected.
The name says it all: TXT4Life. Minnesota lawmakers are moving to add the text message-based suicide prevention program to the existing statewide phone hotline.
While the nation's foreclosure woes persist, new data show they're easing amid a resurgent housing market, rising home prices and efforts by some states to buy homeowners more time to avoid losing their homes.

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