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Friday, March 22, 2013

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Andre Hollins scored 28 points and Minnesota rolled past punchless UCLA 83-63 on Friday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament, a game that could be Bruins coach Ben Howland's final one leading the program. (03/22/2013)
Under orders to trim hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget, the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday released a final list of 149 air traffic control towers that it will close at small airports around the country starting early next month. (03/22/2013)
A Minnesota judge has dismissed charges against the former head of a national right-to-die group accused in the death of an Apple Valley woman. (03/22/2013)
A shadow of a different kind is hanging over Punxsutawney Phil. Authorities in still-frigid Ohio have issued an "indictment" against the famed groundhog, who predicted an early spring.
Sarah Davis scored 1:39 into overtime and Minnesota beat Boston College 3-2 Friday in the semifinals of the NCAA Women's Frozen Four.
MetroTransit officials say a 55-year-old man is dead after the car he was driving collided with a light rail train.
Fifty-two bottles of well-aged whiskey disappeared between his lips, police said, and now it's time for a western Pennsylvania man to settle up.
Two Minnesota airports will have to close their air traffic control towers, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday.
Remnants of the collapsed Interstate 35W bridge would be allowed to be given to the public, under a bill approved Friday by a state Senate committee.
The ACLU is joining two Indian tribes and three parents in class-action lawsuit against South Dakota.
Unemployment insurance taxes from businesses would be slashed by a total of nearly $350 million under Gov. Mark Dayton's revised budget proposal.
Minneapolis received about $4 million more than it expected from restaurant and hospitality taxes last year.
A committee in the Minnesota Senate has defeated a bill that would have required sellers of concert tickets to disclose how many tickets are being held back from the public.
Police have new evidence in the case of a missing 30-year-old St. Paul woman.
Friday is World Water Day. The United Nations hopes you are thinking about how we manage freshwater resources to make sure people around the world have fair access to clean water.
This weekend, the acclaimed South Indian company Ragamala Dance premieres a performance at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis celebrating the cultural connections between India and Japan.
The FAA has now released the list of airport towers it intends to close on April 7th, due to the sequester cuts.
Acclaimed British comparative religion writer Karen Armstrong gives a 2012 Chautauqua Lecture about the long and sometimes violent path to modernization and democracy. She says the "Golden Rule" is embedded in all of the world's major faiths, and we all must feel responsibility for the pain of other human beings throughout the world.
North Dakota lawmakers moved Friday to outlaw abortion in the state by passing a bill defining life as starting at conception.
Today is a big day for college hockey in Minnesota. The U of M men's and women's teams both play post-season games, as does the men's team at St. Cloud State University.
Advance bids for a copy of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album autographed by all four band members are even higher than the auction house anticipated.
A drunken gathering at a trailer home in northern Minnesota devolved into a major brawl that left one man dead and two people with serious injuries, the Beltrami County sheriff said Friday.
Today on the MPR News Update: Gun sale background checks are again being debated at the Legislature, the latest Red River Valley flood forecast is out, the governor is raising eyebrows with another tax proposal, we talk to the movie director who drove 'On the Road' to the big screen, and more.
Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis said "Olympus Has Fallen" is preposterous but good and the characters in "On the Road" are loveable jerks. The duo also reviewed "Barbara" in this week's Cube Critics.
Some people said it couldn't be made, but director Walter Salles argues that themes of seeking identity and liberty resonate as strongly now as they did 56 years ago, when "On the Road," Jack Kerouac's seminal Beat Generation novel was first published. Salles spent five years traveling the length and breadth of the U.S. to prepare for the adaptation.
The contract dispute between management and musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra took an unprecedented twist today after St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman attempted to save the rest of the orchestra's season.
The ideological gulf between gun owners and non-gun owners is a wide one -- made all the more obvious by the ongoing debate over what, if any, gun control measures should be adopted in the U.S.
Gov. Mark Dayton held a town hall meeting before a standing-room-only crowd of about 150 people in Duluth last night, to make the case for a budget plan that includes a tax hike on the wealthy and spending in education and other programs.
Spring is here, but Mother Nature doesn't seem to have received the memo; guns and the gun debate keep holding our attention; Michele Bachmann gets a 'four Pinocchios' fact check, we meet the director of 'On The Road,' and more in this week's MPR photos of the week.
House DFLers are crafting a bill to expand background checks to private sales that occur at gun shows, after a key lawmaker on Tuesday abandoned his push for universal background checks for gun buyers.
In the wake of the Great Recession, many employers are choosing to use independent contractors instead of hiring permanent employees.
A Minnesota filmmaker says he hopes his documentary about frac sand mining will help policy makers understand how the issue is affecting residents and communities.
Gov. Mark Dayton used his Facebook page to announce that Mesabi died after having surgery to remove his spleen and to remove a cancerous tumor.
In the wake of the Great Recession, some employers are choosing to use independent contractors instead of hiring permanent employees. But that cost savings strategy can result in lawsuits or hefty fines. Federal agencies and private law firms are going after businesses that misclassify employees as contractors as a way to save money.
Election Day 2014 is more than a year and a half away, and most voters probably want to ignore the next blizzard of political ads for as long as possible. Not so, for some Democrats in Washington and Minnesota. They believe that all three of Minnesota's U.S. House members could be vulnerable to the right challenger and have set their sights earlier than usual on finding candidates and helping them raise money.
Despite growing awareness of hate crimes, the share of those crimes reported to police has fallen in recent years as more victims of violent attacks express doubt that police can or will help.

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