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Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Sierra Club is harshly criticizing a new partnership that aims to create tough new standards for hydraulic fracturing. (03/21/2013)
Minnesota's Democratic Party asked an administrative judge Thursday to rule that a veteran Republican lawmaker broke the law with letters to newspapers that say four Democrats had voted for billions in new taxes. (03/21/2013)
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely changed last week, while the average over the past month fell to a fresh five-year low. The decline in layoffs is helping strengthen the job market. (03/21/2013)
Three years, two elections, and one Supreme Court decision after President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, its promise of health care for the uninsured may be delayed or undercut in much of the country because of entrenched opposition from many Republican state leaders.
The first electronic linked-bingo games are being rolled out in the north Twin Cities metro Thursday evening, almost a year after the state legalized them to help pay for a Vikings stadium.
From the moment bombs flew over Baghdad 10 years ago, Minnesota's National Guard played a significant role in the War in Iraq.
As they struggle to get ahead, many low-wage workers are not taking advantage of job training or educational programs that could help them make the leap to better-paying jobs.
Gun control advocates are pressing Democrats to make expanded federal background checks for firearms buyers a cornerstone of the gun control legislation the Senate plans to debate next month.
Government forecasters say much of the United States can expect a warm spring and persistent drought.
A Minnesota House committee has narrowly approved a gun bill that includes a background check provision.
A delayed spring melt and late-winter snow has increased the risk of flooding in Fargo, N.D. and Moorhead, Minn., National Weather Service forecasters said Thursday.
Gov. Mark Dayton is again proposing an income tax on people who spend 60 or more days a year in the state. Dayton argues "snowbirds," use the same services everyone else pays for and that they should be required to pay their fair share.
Eighth District U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan is asking the federal government to give taconite producers more time to meet certain air quality standards.
This week on the Friday Roundtable, we convene a panel of nonprofit leaders to discuss what makes a successful charity and whether there are lessons to learn from the corporate world.
North Korea, which remains a suspect in this week's cyber attack on South Korea, has issued fresh threats against U.S. military bases in Japan and Guam. As tensions on the Korean peninsula rise once more, what are the implications for the United States?
In the wake of the recession, employers are often choosing to use independent contractors instead of hiring permanent employees. It's a cost savings strategy but it can also result in lawsuits or hefty fines.
The federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency says the 91 community banks and thrifts it oversees in Minnesota are in good financial health.
ABC and Yahoo! News technology reporter Becky Worley aims to reduce "tech anxiety" about gadgets, apps, passwords, video, social media and more, with New York Times technology editor Quentin Hardy at the Commonwealth Club of California.
$800,0000 is appropriated from the general fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota in any fiscal year in which at least one men's ice hockey game is conducted between the University of Minnesota and the University of North Dakota.
The Republican-controlled House passed a tea party-flavored budget plan Thursday that promises sharp cuts in safety-net programs for the poor and a clampdown on domestic agencies, in sharp contrast to less austere plans favored by President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies.
Today on the MPR News Update: We go to the state Legislature for a look at another gun bill, check in with the fallout from yesterday's shooting threat hoax in New Prague, hear about a smaller funding pie for the Department of Health and Human Services and visit a farmer looking ahead to planting season, and more.
People are dying faster than they're being born in more than a third of Minnesota's 87 counties now.
Fargo officials said they believe the city is still in good shape because of recent flood protection improvements, but they plan to make 500,000 sandbags to add to a reserve of 750,000 bags.
Students at New Prague Middle School were evacuated for about an hour Thursday morning after several staff members received a bomb threat via email.
Minnesota's economy added 14,500 jobs last month, and January's tally was revised upward by another 1,400 jobs.
Steve Ellis is one of four beekeepers from across the country who allege that the EPA has failed to protect bees from pesticides.
Companion bills in the Minnesota House and Senate addressing environmental and health concerns related frac sand mining have been approved by policy committees and now move to finance panels.
Huskies owner Mike Rosenzweig said a large piece of the brick wall had been bowing out away from the playing field for about five years.
Still mired in a contract dispute with its musicians, the Minnesota Orchestra on Wednesday cancelled or rescheduled concerts through April 27.
Minnesota legislators are holding a hearing Thursday on a bill that would set minimum counselor-to-student ratios in public schools. Minnesota currently ranks as having one of the highest ratios in the nation.
Wednesday's incident at New Prague Middle School was just a hoax, but it offers a glimpse at how Minnesota schools are prepared to react to dangerous situations.
The start of spring means the crop planting season is not far away. While the two-year drought is a worry, there have been signs of hope recently. Increased precipitation has helped boost farmers' outlook for this year's crop.
With Minnesota House and Senate Democrats proposing $2 billion in new taxes to erase the budget deficit and spend more on schools, economic development and other state services, one area -- health and human services -- is getting left out. In fact, DFLers propose a spending cut.
After a key lawmaker abandoned his push for universal background checks for gun buyers, House DFLers are now crafting a bill to expand background checks to private sales that occur at gun shows. Lawmakers say the revamped bill will also include provisions that are popular with Republicans and more conservative Democrats. The bill is scheduled for a hearing Thursday night.

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