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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ebb and Flow
When NASA's twin spacecraft Ebb and Flow crashed into the moon last year, scientists did not count on seeing the aftermath. (03/19/2013)
The House Democrat pushing for broader restrictions to Minnesota gun laws has abandoned imposing universal background checks for firearm sales. (03/19/2013)
Despite recommendations by doctors, fewer parents are actually getting their children vaccinated against human papillomavirus. (03/19/2013)
A list of frac sand mining environmental regulations and a description of how each state approaches them.
A House proposal to extend background checks to nearly all state gun sales may face a close committee vote Tuesday.
Democrats in the Minnesota House want the state's wealthiest residents to temporarily pay an income tax surcharge to eliminate a funding delay to state schools.
The 2013 Lake Superior shipping season is getting under way at the port of Duluth: The 1,000-foot Mesabi Miner is scheduled to be the first departure of the season Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
Minnesota exports have posted increases for nine straight quarters. The state's export of agricultural, mining and manufactured products reached $5.1 billion in the final three months of last year compared to the same period of 2011.
When a guest said you can't understand the thrill of shooting until you've tried it, Kerri Miller decided she had to try it.
We discuss why America continues to receive such low grades for infrastructure and what can be done to improve it.
"Les Miserables" sparked a debate about the art of singing within musical films when the cast recorded their vocal performances live on set instead of a studio. Is this a new form of musical performance in film?
Technology is changing the way readers consume literature. Will it also change the material we are reading and how we understand it?
A federal jury in Minneapolis on Tuesday found three men guilty of multiple racketeering charges for their affiliation with a Native American gang. The three men are involved with the Native Mob, which the FBI describes as one of the largest and most violent crime organizations in the country. After deliberating for more than five days, the jury found the three men guilty on several counts.
The Iraq War, which started 10 years ago today, left a lasting imprint on the men and women who served and on their families.
Local communities are taking a varied approach to sand mining while some state lawmakers are considering a statewide approach to sand mining which has grown significantly since 2010.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton leveled some sharp criticism Tuesday against the National Rifle Association and its opposition to universal background checks on gun purchases.
Anglers will be allowed to keep fewer walleyes when they fish Mille Lacs Lake this year.
On the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that his vote against the war as a U.S. senator looks proper to him in hindsight.
Andrew McAfee of MIT speaks at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival about the ability of computers to replace humans in the workforce, and what it means for our economy and our lives now and in the future. He's the author of "Race Against the Machine."
Today on the MPR News Update: Remembering fallen soldiers with Minnesota times, one by one, since the 9/11 attacks. Also, questions over how to pay school districts back the money owed by the state, driver's licenses for illegal immigrants, concerns about the cost of a statewide anti-bullying bill, Michele Bachmann finds some government spending of which she approves, and lastly, is Rochester ready for growth?
The state of Minnesota says its okay again for taxpayers to prepare their 2012 returns with TurboTax and other Intuit products.
A wave of bombings tore through Baghdad on Tuesday morning, killing at least 56 people in a spasm of violence on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion.
John Kriesel, an Iraq War veteran and former state representative who now works with veterans as director of the Anoka County Veterans Services Office, joins us to look back on the last decade.
The Morris Missionary Baptist Church is nestled down a red dirt road, in Morris, Ga., set among pine trees near the Alabama state line. Next to the small white church lies its most recent grave site: that of Charles Foster Jr.
A Senate panel passed a bill on Monday that would let illegal immigrants get a Minnesota driver's license, the most recent development in a push at the Capitol to train and ensure more drivers who aren't U.S. citizens.
Pope Francis urged princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people gathered for his installation Mass on Tuesday to protect the environment, the weakest and the poorest, mapping out a clear focus of his priorities as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics
Mayo Clinic wants to expand and is asking state help for city infrastructure. Meanwhile, Rochester is feeling strain from the rapid growth it's already seen.
A staggering 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, says a new report that highlights the impact the mind-destroying disease is having on the rapidly aging population.
Don't look for testing of the anthrax vaccine to begin in children any time soon. Controversy arose last year as experts debated whether such studies should be done to learn how to treat children in case of a bioterror attack.
Teachers say they are grouping students of similar abilities with each other inside classrooms and schools are clustering pupils with like interests together -- a practice once frowned upon -- according to a review of federal education surveys.
North Dakota lawmakers who approved what would be some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the U.S. are now considering outlawing all abortions.
Gov. Dayton hits the road this week to promote his budget plan, which proposes raising taxes to erase the state's budget deficit and increase funding for schools and economic development. Democrats in control of the House and Senate are set to release their budget outlines this week and one key spending difference will be in the area of education.
Mining experts say Minnesota's frac sand rules are already more stringent than Wisconsin's, and that could affect the industry's growth in the two states.
Legislation to impose new taxes on silica sand mining in Minnesota got a rough reception Tuesday in a House committee hearing.

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