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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Rep. Keith Ellison
The public has to push lawmakers to address ethical questions about the use of drones for killing and surveillance, DFL Rep. Keith Ellison said. (04/03/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is alerting consumers to avoid consuming smoked pork and beef pepper sticks produced by Belgrade Meat Center after routine sampling discovered Listeria contamination. (04/03/2013)
Fracking sand
A bill that would impose a production tax on silica sand moved ahead in the Legislature Wednesday evening. (04/03/2013)
A committee in the Minnesota House has approved a sweeping property tax bill that would provide property tax relief to 300,000 homeowners.
Minnesota's House Democrats unveiled a $250 million property tax reduction package.
In school lunchrooms across the state, more kids are in need of a free meal. New data show the number of Minnesota students who rely on the federally-funded free and reduced lunch program is still rising. That growth comes despite signs the economy is improving. Analysts don't know exactly why more kids are in line for free lunch.
A fledgling organization called the Minnesota Innovation Institute is trying to move quickly to match skilled jobs with the Bemidji area residents who want them but aren't ready for them.
A Republican state lawmaker is pushing for civil unions in Minnesota as an alternative to same-sex marriage legislation. Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing announced his proposal Wednesday and described it as a way to end the political debate over a divisive social issue.
A big challenge for today's jazz musicians is how to create new music without overwhelming listeners with inaccessible pieces. The Twin Cities group Triose has found its way by playing aiming to play good music that's not too complicated. Triose has two performances scheduled in the area this week.
AT&T has completed construction of a controversial new, 450-foot tall communications tower near the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area.
Sandbags were being filled Wednesday morning in Fargo in preparation for flooding later this month when the Red River is expected to spill out of its banks.
A three-judge appeals court heard oral arguments Wednesday on a lawsuit over the DNR's planning for last year's wolf hunt. Two groups environmental groups argue the agency did not follow procedures required in law as it organized the first-ever regulated wolf hunt.
Volunteers in Fargo, N.D., started filling sandbags Wednesday in preparation for flooding along the Red River expected later this month. The city will fill enough sandbags to be prepared for a record flood, but will need only about half the sandbags it used in 2009 because of permanent flood measures installed since then.
The University of Minnesota has picked Richard Pitino, the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, to take over as men's basketball coach for Tubby Smith. A person with knowledge of the discussions says Pitino reached a verbal agreement with Minnesota on Wednesday.
The proposed Northern Lights Express, a high-speed passenger rail line between Duluth and Minneapolis, could carry passengers between the two cities in a little over two hours. The 155-mile line would run mostly on existing track from BNSF, and would reach speeds of 110 mph.
Does this seem like a good time to start a business? Nearly half of Americans see opportunities for entrepreneurship in their area, and there's been an increase in new businesses.
Despite recommendations from physicians, more parents are choosing not to get their adolescent children vaccinated against HPV. Why are they shying away from the vaccine?
Recent news of horse meat being mistakenly mixed into ground beef in Europe got us thinking about cultures that frown on eating horse meat, and why some foods are considered taboo -- or even "icky" in some cultures -- while other morsels are prized delicacies.
Five states in the past five years have abolished the death penalty. Two more states are poised to do the same this year. But even as states move to ban capital punishment, public opinion continues to favor it.
The best-selling author of "Be Different" and "Look Me in the Eye," John Robison had autism in the 1960s when there was no diagnosis or awareness. He told the Minneapolis audience at "Talk of the Stacks" that he felt like a misfit and a second-class human as a kid, but as an adult learned to accommodate his unusual brain. "Raising Cubby" is about his profound and sometimes hilarious experiences as a father.
Fueled by outrage even from the governor when the video went public, Rutgers fired basketball coach Mike Rice on Wednesday after deciding it didn't go far enough by suspending and fining him for shoving, kicking and throwing balls at players along with spewing gay slurs.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced Wednesday that he is running for a third term.
Jay Leno says he will be leaving NBC's "Tonight Show" next spring, to be replaced by Jimmy Fallon.
Minnesota human services officials say the number of infant deaths in child care settings has dropped significantly this year.
A Republican state lawmaker will announce a bipartisan legislation today to establish civil unions in Minnesota.
Remembering Robinson's accomplishments is more important than ever, say people involved with "42" and baseball historians alike.
Crews in Fargo will start filling sandbags Wednesday to prepare for possible flooding in the city.
Stephanie Curtis and Kerri Miller talk about "That Thing You Do" and other movies by actors-turned-directors.
President Obama has asked Congress to spend $100 million next year to start a project that will explore details of the brain. It's been compared to the big effort to map the human genome, which started in the 90s.
The argument over whether the state Department of Natural Resources rushed too fast into a wolf hunting and trapping season gets a court hearing Wednesday.
The chair of the Minnesota House taxes committee says she thinks Rochester and Olmsted County need to kick in more taxes to pay for local improvements as part of the Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center plan.
A meeting Tuesday night at the Hmong Village in St. Paul came after several recent deadly cases, including a domestic dispute that left three people dead.
Minneapolis is known as a great arts town, and a great biking town, so a show featuring bike posters by local artists would seem like a natural. However, even the founder of Artcrank is amazed by how a one-off show seven years ago has become an international phenomenon.
Minnesota state lawmakers are considering extending Minnesota's resident tuition rates at public colleges to students without legal resident status. The bill would also make it easier for them to get financial aid.

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