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Thursday, April 4, 2013

A leading critic of the plan to build a new Vikings stadium says the state should delay construction until it's sure it has the money to pay for stadium bonds. (04/04/2013)
Rochester town hall
Gov. Mark Dayton spoke in Rochester Thursday about his proposed state budget. (04/04/2013)
State of the University
The University of Minnesota is proposing to acquire its partner, Fairview Health Services. Officials from both are slated to meet Monday to discuss the offer. (04/04/2013)
First-term Representatives Marion O'Neil of Buffalo and Raymond Dehn of Minneapolis speak with MPR News about their experiences at the Capitol as freshmen legislators.
Minnesota prosecutors said Thursday that they are appealing a judge's decision that the state's law against "advising" suicide is unconstitutional.
Lawmakers" plans to improve Minnesota"s background check system for gun sales will come at a cost.
Outdoor flea markets could begin popping up around Minneapolis this summer under a new ordinance approved today by a city council committee.
The quality of life in Minnesota is above average, ranking third in the nation according to a national comparison of social and economic factors measuring opportunity.
The Minnesota Vikings will play the Houston Texans at Mall of America Field in the first game of the preseason.
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $125 million to Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin to continue their work on advanced biofuels, according to officials at MSU.
Noah Baumbach has been an important figure in the independent film scene since he made his directorial debut in 1995 at age 25. The Walker Art Center is concluding a retrospective of his work.
Roger Ebert, the most famous and most popular film reviewer of his time who became the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism and, on his long-running TV program, wielded the nation's most influential thumb, died Thursday. He was 70.
Prosecutors in Dakota County are appealing a recent district court decision that found Minnesota's law against advising suicide to be unconstitutionally overbroad.
Shares of Best Buy jumped 13 percent Thursday after Samsung, the big consumer electronics manufacturer, said it will open mini-stores in more than 1,400 of the retailer's locations.
The Peabody Awards recognize a uniquely diverse group of winners because they're determined by only one criterion: excellence. We listen to a sampling of this year's radio winners.
With its new "Home'' on Android gadgets, Facebook aims to put its social network at the center of people's mobile experiences. If users choose to download Facebook's Home software starting on April 12, the social network will become the hub of their Android smartphones.
The small Minnesota town of St. Bonifacius is restricting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.
Charges have been dropped against a former Shattuck-St. Mary's School teacher who had been accused of abusing a 14-year-old boy in 1980.
Researchers say they have found little evidence of bighead and silver carp in the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers.
A bicyclist who delivers coffee in Minneapolis said he narrowly escaped injury after someone threw a Molotov cocktail at him on the Minneapolis Greenway Wednesday afternoon.
A "Member Appreciation Week" edition of "Ask the President." MPR President Jon McTaggart joins host Gary Eichten in the Minnesota Public Radio studios to answer listener questions about the inner workings of MPR and about MPR's presentation of news and music.
A panel of political reporters joins Kerri Miller to discuss the work remaining in the current legislative session.
A new report says at least some Asian carp probably have found their way into the Great Lakes, but there's still time to stop the dreaded invaders from becoming established and unraveling food chains that support a $7 billion fishing industry and sensitive ecosystems.
A business owner accused of selling illegal synthetic drugs is back in jail after reopening his Duluth store following a police raid.
The St. Paul Foundation is going to make someone $1 million richer if their idea for improving life in Saint Paul is selected. The organization has been collecting ideas with its Minnesota Idea Open and the entry period is closed and the suggestions are now posted.
Rutgers University fired head basketball Coach Mike Rice Wednesday after ESPN obtained videos of him abusing players in practice. John Tauer, professor of psychology and head men's basketball coach at the University of St. Thomas, joins The Daily Circuit to discuss the psychology of competition and coaching.
The candidates for mayor of Minneapolis are divided over whether to allow Hennepin County to burn more garbage at a facility near Target Field.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who four months ago broke the news to shocked parents that their children had been killed in a Connecticut elementary school, signed into law Thursday sweeping new restrictions on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines similar to the ones used by the man who gunned down 20 child and six educators in the massacre.
Experts with the U.S. Geological Survey and National Weather Service say peak flooding on the Red River in Fargo will likely occur after April 15.
A group of Minnesota's black faith leaders and members of their congregations are holding a state Capitol rally on the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.
The landscape has changed dramatically since the record flooding of the Red River: Hundreds of once-vulnerable homes are now gone and miles of concrete floodwalls and clay levees add new protections as communities on the river's banks brace for it to overflow yet again.
Australian aboriginal film director Wayne Blair's film about soul singers who entertaining troops during the Vietnam War is a feel-good movie, but one that he says is helping aboriginal girls who face a tough life in Australia today.
Don't know your pork butts from your rump roasts? It may be getting a little easier. The American meat industry is rolling out a refresh of the often confusing 40-year-old system used for naming the various cuts of beef, pork, lamb and veal.
Cancer and heart disease are bigger killers, but Alzheimer's is the most expensive malady in the U.S., costing families and society $157 billion to $215 billion a year, according to a new study that looked at this in unprecedented detail.
On Thursday's Climate Cast, Kerri Miller and MPR News' Chief Meteorologist Paul Huttner spoke about the economic impact of climate change.

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