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Monday, April 1, 2013

Violinists Leslie Shank and Elsa Nilsson
The locked-out musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra voted to reject management's latest contract offer on Monday evening. (04/01/2013)
Ed O'Bannon Jr.
Four years ago, Ed O'Bannon filed a lawsuit against the NCAA and the video game maker EA Sports seeking compensation after recognizing an avatar in the company's March Madness game that he says was created in his image. Since then, the lawsuit has blossomed into one of the biggest legal threats the NCAA has ever faced over the issue of paying student athletes who attract billions of dollars in revenue annually, and the latest court filing from the NCAA weeks ago highlights how much is at stake. (04/01/2013)
2013 Winter TCA Tour - Day 7
Skittish viewers who guard their time are making the already difficult task of establishing new dramas on broadcast television even harder. If the show becomes a hit, technology offers many ways to catch up later. It's just one more advantage for cable networks at a time when they already seem to have the upper hand with dramas. (04/01/2013)
The New York Yankees set a record for baseball's highest opening-day payroll at $230.4 million, almost 10 times what the Houston Astros are paying their players. In Minnesota, the payroll for the Twins was $76 million.
Twitter did away with vowels, Google unveiled a button to add smells and the cast of the 1990s sitcom "Wings" launched a Kickstarter campaign.
For James Holmes, "justice is death," prosecutors said Monday in announcing they will seek his execution if he is convicted in the Colorado movie theater attack that killed 12 people.
Minnesota's per capita personal income, a broad measure of prosperity, rose 3.7 percent (not adjusted for inflation) from 2011 to 2012, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. That's a faster pace than the U.S. total, which rose 2.7 percent.
Spring break is over and the Minnesota Legislature returns Tuesday with about seven weeks to finish writing a new two-year budget, decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage and make any revisions to state gun laws.
On April Fools' Day people often view the news with a certain amount of skepticism. A new exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts suggests that in today's media-saturated world, perhaps everyday is April Fools' - and people should always question the validity of what they see and hear.
In the memoir "Her," Christa Parravani writes about the unique pain of losing her identical twin to a drug overdose at age 28 -- and her efforts to avoid a similar fate.
Police have identified the three people found dead in a home in Zimmerman over the weekend as a mother and her two children.
Two Minnesota lawmakers are pushing legislation they say will help thousands of military veterans who were wrongly denied VA benefits. They say thousands of veterans who may have had post-traumatic stress disorder were wrongly diagnosed.
In the two years since the Obama administration pressed colleges and universities to deal more forcefully with sexual assault, what has changed?
The Mayo Clinic's quest for state funding to make itself a "destination medical center" has lawmakers divided -- and not just along party lines. Even as the effort continues, the search is on for a Plan B.
Kerri's book pick this week is "Live by Night" by Dennis Lehane, a novel that follows the son of a Boston police captain as he becomes a successful and powerful bootlegger.
The oldest person in the United States has died at age 113, just weeks before her 114th birthday.
A legislative fight over parks and trails money is brewing between rural and urban lawmakers.
Tubby Smith, who was fired from his basketball coaching job at Minnesota last week, has been hired by Texas Tech to turn around its struggling program, the Associated Press reports. The University of Minnesota has not yet filled its open coaching position.
The Minnesota Twins played the earliest outdoor home opener in team history on Monday afternoon at Target Field against the Detroit Tigers. Temperatures were expected to be in the 30s.
Rival legal teams, well-financed and highly motivated, are girding for court battles over the coming months on laws enacted in Arkansas and North Dakota that would impose the nation's toughest bans on abortion.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau highlighted the recent reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act during a Minneapolis news conference.
Health care spending per person rose 5 percent in Minnesota last year, reports the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, the trade group representing the state's health insurers.
The owner of a Duluth head shop and his son today were formally charged by the state with four felony counts of selling a controlled substance.
A gauge of Minnesota's manufacturing sector is showing strength.The state's Business Conditions Index rose slightly in March.
A survey shows U.S. manufacturing activity expanded more slowly in March than February, held back by weaker growth in production and new orders. But factories hired at the fastest pace in nine months, an encouraging sign ahead of Friday's report on March employment.
Has the nation lived down its history of racism and should the law become colorblind? Addressing two pivotal legal issues, one on affirmative action and a second on voting rights, a divided Supreme Court is poised to answer those questions.
In the world of the the Obama image machine, the first family is always photogenic, first dog Bo is always well-behaved and the vegetables in the South Lawn kitchen garden always seem succulent.
Law enforcement authorities say Mexican drug cartel operatives who once stuck close to the U.S.-Mexico border are establishing a greater presence in the upper Midwest.
The two inmates who disappeared from a low-security prison camp in Duluth over the weekend are still missing.
The EPA could soon issue a final ruling that aims to replace E-10 gasoline with E-15.
Will enough Minnesotans have the right skills to fill the jobs needed to keep the state's economy humming in the coming decade? That question has been vexing employers, higher education officials, economic development experts and others for several years.
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development released a study last month showing that a lack of skilled workers is only part of the problem for employers who are having trouble filling open positions.
Police found a horrifying scene at the Schaffhausen family home in the western Wisconsin city of River Falls last July: three girls dead in their beds, their throats slashed.
A sellout crowd of more than 38,000 fans braved near-freezing temperatures at Target Field on Monday to watch the Minnesota Twins open the 2013 season against the Detroit Tigers.
Fargo officials are preparing for volunteers to fill sandbags.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Tim Walz are holding a Minneapolis press conference to discuss their legislation aimed at helping wrongly discharged military veterans restore their benefits.
Authorities in Sherburne County say three people have been found dead in a home in Zimmerman.
Tickets will go on sale Monday for this summer's Tall Ships festival, which can attract about 250,000 people to Lake Superior. That's how many came to the port city in 2010 to see the grand sailing ships that evoke the nation's nautical past in the largest event ever held in northeast Minnesota.
The president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce plans to meet with top Dayton administration officials to discuss tension between the governor and business leaders. Chamber officials accuse Dayton of misrepresenting Minnesota's business climate and dismissing their concerns about the repercussions of raising taxes on top earners.
We've combed through the photos you've submitted during March, either to us directly or by joining our Flickr pool. Here are some of our favorites, including wildlife, live music, and the northern lights. Check out more daily photos at Minnesota Today. We'll publish the next gallery on May 1.
A series of public meetings on the water supply for the northeast Twin Cities area will begin on Thursday.
One reason good manufacturing jobs are going unfilled may be that high school students aren't exposed to what careers are available or to training that can prepare them.
Many employers complain they have difficulty filling jobs. Sometimes that's because workers don't have the right skills; other times wages and other factors are at play.
Some Minnesota companies that have difficulty finding people to fill jobs say the problem isn't skills as much as it is a lack of housing for employees in remote parts of the state.
A group of central Minnesota colleges are boosting their efforts to provide training for advanced manufacturing skills, using a $13 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

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