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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Geno Auriemma and Connecticut are back on top. With freshman Breanna Stewart leading the way, it might be a while before they relinquish that spot. Stewart scored 18 of her 23 points in a dazzling first half and Connecticut won its eighth national championship with a 93-60 rout of Louisville on Tuesday night. It was the most lopsided victory in a title game. (04/09/2013)
JC Penney
There won't be an easy fix for J.C. Penney -- if it is even fixable. The overarching question is whether the century-old retailer can be saved at all. (04/09/2013)
U.S. employers have more job openings than at any other time in nearly five years. That's in part because they seem in no hurry to fill them. Why so many openings yet so few hires? (04/09/2013)
If you're in the "more winter please" crowd there is something for everyone in the forecast. The next 48 hours will bring rain, sleet, ice, snow and even some thundersnow to parts of Minnesota.
Sauk Rapids Mayor Brad Gunderson has pleaded guilty to a DWI charge after a drunken driving arrest in February.
The musicians and management of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra labor dispute have reached a tentative deal. The musicians negotiating committee has agreed to recommend accepting a proposal that cuts salaries and the size of the orchestra but gives them more artistic control.
A screaming baby is badly burned, but the mother doesn't speak English and paramedics cannot communicate with her. But the stressful episode is diffused because of a new device that quickly helps locate a translator.
Minnesota House Democrats are proposing a health and human services budget that spares drastic cuts to poor people, the elderly and people with disabilities. Instead, the proposal would raise about $152 million through additional charges on the state's hospitals and HMOs.
Minnesota lawmakers continue to debate two competing background check bills. If a universal background check law is passed by Congress, what does that mean for the debate over gun control at the state Capitol?
A proposal at the State Capitol would train emergency responders in how to communicate with military veterans in crisis.
A side-by-side comparison of gun control bills currently being considered in the Minnesota Legislature.
Since the mass killing of 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. four months ago, opinion polls have shown strong support for gun control measures. This week, the Senate could begin debating expanded background checks for gun buyers although it is still unclear if the legislation will overcome a possible Republican filibuster.
Minnesota lawmakers would get their first pay boosts since the late 1990s under a budget proposal rolled out Tuesday in the Senate that also includes salary increases for the governor and top agency leaders.
An American Eagle pilot has been charged with three gross misdemeanors after authorities say he failed a blood-alcohol test as he prepared to fly out of the Minneapolis airport in January.
More than nine American voters in 10 support universal background checks for gun purchases. In spite of that, President Barack Obama has had trouble gaining support for expanded background checks in Congress.
The way we pay for art, journalism and content in general is changing, and artists like Amanda Palmer and Louis C.K. are at the forefront. How is our relationship with the content we want and the people who make it evolving?
This year's Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival features more than 200 films from 65 countries, including a number of Minnesota-made features, shorts and music videos.
Producer Alexandra DiPalma spoke with musician Jose James about how easy it is to become "typecast" as an artist and why he's working so hard to fight for his musical freedom.
The southeastern Minnesota facilities that produce and process silica sand used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, were booming a year ago. But now, natural gas prices are down -- and so is the demand for the sand.
At least 14 people were wounded in an apparent stabbing attack on a Houston-area college campus Tuesday, authorities said.
From NPR's "Intelligence Squared" series, four experts debate the question: Should we abolish the minimum wage? It was first established by law in 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Winona County and city officials say they are not seeing the same levels of sand mining they were only a year ago. Piles of sand seen just a year ago in Winona are gone and truck traffic has diminished considerably, a result of a drop in the production of natural gas.
The chairs of the House and Senate Transportation committees are redrafting their budget bills after Governor Dayton repeated his opposition to a gas tax increase. Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, says they are reworking the bill after Dayton's comments earlier in the day.
Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she's confident she will be cleared of any wrongdoing in a congressional investigation of campaign finance violations by her presidential campaign.
What does it take to be an effective decision-maker? Sometimes, it's the art of knowing when a decision is unnecessary.
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra musicians on Tuesday have offered to take managements latest contract proposal to a vote, if management agrees to three changes.
Democrats in the Minnesota House have released their own list of proposed public construction projects, a day after DFL Gov. Mark Dayton outlined his bonding priorities.
As companies in Wisconsin and Minnesota move ahead with plans to mine frac sand, those drilling for oil and natural gas in other states are asking whether alternatives might someday be cheaper than shipping the sand hundreds of miles.
Proposals to help pay for expanding mass transit in the Twin Cities will be announced by state lawmakers later this week. East metro officials are watching the action very closely and have renewed efforts to advance their wish list of bus and rail lines.
Minnesota produced more than a billion gallons of ethanol last year, making it the fifth-largest ethanol maker in the country. Much of that production was spurred on by a federal requirement known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, which took effect in 2007, but is now coming under new scrutiny in Congress.
It was a tough winter across the state and for many rural Minnesota school districts that has resulted in numerous weather cancellations. While "snow day" may be one of the sweetest phrases any student can hear, they are a major headache for school administrators. Some school officials are worried that this winter's closures could end up hurting student scores on standardized testing this spring.
All indications still point to a blockbuster, possibly an historic Top 10 April snow storm this week. Winter storm warnings are in effect starting tonight, including for the Twin Cities.
The largest project in Gov. Mark Dayton's $750 million bonding bill package released Monday is $109 million for the renovation of the State Capitol.
County officials in the Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., area want to keep track of people who might need help getting around in case of a spring flood.
Wisconsin Emergency Management, ReadyWisconsin and the National Weather Service have teamed up to make people aware of the dangers of severe storms and tornadoes next wee
House Speaker Paul Thissen and other House DFLers are holding a Tuesday press conference to roll out there education finance bill which includes funding allocations for the state's K-12 system.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging homeowners to complete their open burning now because restrictions will take effect soon after the snow melts.
Teisha Randle has pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide in the October death of Austin Conley, a 20-year-old Augsburg College student.
A storm that toppled trees, caused scattered power outages and whipped up blinding dust storms brought blizzard conditions to parts of Colorado, where up to 20 inches of snow was expected in the mountains through Tuesday.
Richard Pitino is less than half of Tubby Smith's age. That alone has brought a seismic shift for the Minnesota basketball program, with last week's takeover by the 30-year-old Pitino. The energy of youth can always bring positive change, but the impact of Pitino's arrival could prove to run deeper than that.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek is in Washington, D.C., this week to meet with the Obama administration to talk about gun violence legislation.

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