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Friday, April 5, 2013

Aaron Schaffhausen
Former co-workers of Aaron Schaffhausen testified Friday that they heard him say several times that he wanted to kill his ex-wife, their children and the man she was dating in the months before he killed his three young daughters. (04/05/2013)
Twin Cities air travelers could experience long flight delays toward the end of April. The problem is the $85 billion in automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequester. (04/05/2013)
Orion Exploration Flight Test 1crew module
NASA is planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon for astronauts to explore, a top senator said Friday. The ship would capture the 500-ton, 25-foot asteroid in 2019. Then using an Orion space capsule, a crew of about four astronauts would nuzzle up next to the rock in 2021 for spacewalking exploration, according to a government document. (04/05/2013)
Merger talks are swirling around Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services and Sanford Health of North and South Dakota. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson wants the public to weigh in on the situation at a hearing on Sunday at the Capitol.
A struggling restaurant would get to stay open, while the city of St. Paul takes a $487,000 loss under a deal that goes before the City Council next week.
In the last few months, several hospitals in northeast Minnesota have stopped selling soda and other beverages that are sweetened with sugar. They are at the forefront of a growing national trend among health care facilities that are trying to combat the nation's obesity problem.
Minnesota Lottery officials say they may have the solution to Minnesota's stadium financing problems, by getting into the electronic gambling business and picking up where electronic pulltabs have fallen short. Critics say they are unhappy with the prospect of the state taking on a bigger role in gambling.
After another intervention by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra management offered a new proposal late Friday afternoon in a bid to prevent the cancellation of the rest of the SPCO season.
Authorities are looking for a missing teen with autism.
Federal employees who have been victims of sexual assault will no longer have to disclose that they sought mental health support following an attack when they fill out security clearance applications.
When it comes to legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota, supporters have the appearance of momentum. But underneath those favorable signs, they also have a math problem.
The Homeland Security Department has received more applications for high-skilled immigration visas than are available and will use a lottery to select which companies will receive them and then pass them on to prospective employees.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday at a forum on global women's issues that the rights of women represent "the unfinished business of the 21st century" in the United States and around the world, receiving a rapturous reception for one of her first speeches since departing the Obama administration.
The CEO of the Mayo Clinic, Dr. John Noseworthy, speaks to the National Press Club in Washington about health care in America, and answers questions from the Press Club.
Some of Best Buy's most loyal customers will be getting increased benefits from the retailer.
Anthropologist and author Zora Neale Hurston had an ear for the African American dialect of the early 1900s. People would "grab a hot," which means get a meal, or, "collar a nod," get some sleep. Many of the expressions are gone now, but they have new life on stage at the Penumbra Theater's production of "Spunk" in St. Paul.
The Cube Critics Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis pay their respects to film critic Roger Ebert, who died on Thursday, and then share reactions to "The Sapphires, Evil Dead, and "The Angel's Share."
Curiously this week, the conversation has -- for the most part -- only been about the cyclist, and nothing about what can be done to make the environment in which they ride safer, which is too bad because the answer to that question is: a lot.
Yom Hoshoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day 2013. Hear an emotional letter from 22-year-old US Army Sgt. Leonard Parker at the liberation of the Dachau concentration and death camp, and MPR interviews with Holocaust survivors Lucy Smith and Sabina Zimering, who live in Minnesota. Both girls hid from the Nazis.
The Federal Aviation Administration says it will delay closing nearly 150 air traffic control towers until June 15.
Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page's foundation has supported the work of more than 5,000 scholars of all academic levels.
Newly chosen University of Minnesota basketball coach Richard Pitino made a confident debut Friday, telling reporters the U already has the resources it needs to have a successful basketball program.
A new University of Minnesota study, Access Across America, looked at accessibility to jobs by car at cities during peak times in the morning for 51 metropolitan areas to try and determine which cities are performing well in terms of accessibility and which have seen the greatest change.
Sandra Lee says her next cookbook will be her last. At least for a while.
Richard Pitino is promising a fast-paced style at Minnesota that the Gophers will love to play and the fans will enjoy watching.
The closings of control towers at 149 small airports, due to begin this weekend because of government-wide spending cuts, are being delayed until mid-June, federal regulators announced Friday. Despite the delay, the FAA said it will stop funding all 149 of the airport towers, which are operated by private contractors, on June 15.
Minneapolis school district officials say they're pleased with an increase in the district's four-year graduation rate, but that overall rates are still too low.
President Barack Obama's decision last year to allow young people living in the U.S. illegally to stay and work marked the biggest shift in immigration policy in decades, hailed as a landmark step toward the American dream for a generation of immigrants.
This week: The intersection of bicycles and art, the Twins' chilly start to their season and sandbag operations got under way in the Red River Valley. All that and more in our photos of the week gallery.
Shoppers at a Target store in Brooklyn say a label that listed the color of a plus-size dress as "manatee gray" was insulting.
Here are 10 questions based on news events this week. Let's see how well you've paid attention.
The Fargo Forestry Department says it will begin inspecting firewood at homes around the city next week in an effort to manage the spread of Dutch elm disease.
Tim Pernetti is out as Rutgers athletic director, two days after the basketball coach was fired following a video that went public of Mike Rice shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using anti-gay slurs.
Our Ground Level series on the Minnesota's skills gap question wrapped up on the air last night but we're taking another bite of the apple with an online video chat at 11:30 a.m. today.
How's this for irony? A Minnesota commission created to determine which state agencies and boards are ripe for elimination is now on the chopping block itself.
The U.S. Marshals Service says it's found the two men who walked away from the Duluth prison camp last week.
A Minnesota National Guard unit that's spent a year training and coaching the Afghan National Army has returned home.
U.S. employers added just 88,000 jobs in March, the fewest in nine months and a sharp retreat after a period of strong hiring. The slowdown is a reminder that the job market's path back to full health will be uneven.
And at the Capitol, and out at the Minnesota State Lottery headquarters in Roseville, state officials are already weighing their options for funding the new Vikings stadium - and possibly big changes to the lottery.
Roger Ebert could be tough on filmmakers, but unlike many critics, he earned their respect. So much so that they claimed him as one of their own when the Directors Guild of America made Ebert an honorary lifetime member at the group's awards ceremony four years ago.
A black bear has awakened from hibernation and returned to an Eau Claire neighborhood where it's frightening residents, going through garbage cans and breaking bird feeders.
Health officials say two additional deaths have been attributed to the flu in Minnesota, but they say the outbreak is slowing.
A month into the federal budget cuts known as sequestration, Minnesota lawmakers are getting an update on how the reductions have played out here.
A day after his son Richard Pitino agreed to become the next head coach at Minnesota, Rick Pitino proclaimed the 30-year-old up-and-comer "more than ready" for the challenge.
More than two years after Minnesota lawmakers created easier ways for people to get into the teaching profession, the state is still waiting to license a single teacher under the effort. The problem: no organizations have applied for approval to start training under the alternative teacher licensure effort. That frustrates some people who see the program as a path into the classroom for teachers who are licensed in other states or professionals who want to switch careers.
The Minnesota Republican Party is deep in debt and facing uncertainty about its future. Meanwhile, several outside groups have formed to start on work that has traditionally been done by the party.
Gun enthusiasts fearful of new weapon controls and alarmed by rumors of government hoarding are buying bullets practically by the bushel, making it hard for stores nationwide to keep shelves stocked and even putting a pinch on some local law enforcement departments.
More than half a million U.S. children are now believed to have lead poisoning, roughly twice the previous high estimate, health officials reported Thursday.
Political reporters Patricia Lopez from the Star Tribune, Bill Salisbury from the Pioneer Press and Tom Scheck from MPR News join the Roundtable this week to discuss what's coming up in the remaining weeks of the legislative session.
The Midtown Greenway Coalition is planning to meet with Minneapolis city officials next week to ask for safety improvements on the Greenway. Among the requests are the installation of fences on bridges over the Greenway, more lights on stairs and ramps, better-positioned surveillance cameras and larger street signs so people can more easily report the locations of incidents.
Aaron Schaffhausen has pleaded guilty to killing his three young daughters at the family's River Falls, Wis. home, but has maintained that he shouldn't be held responsible because he was insane at the time.

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