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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama's 2014 budget landed with a thud on Capitol Hill Wednesday. That plan includes a provision that reduces future deficits by slowing the rate Social Security benefits grow over time. Reaction to the proposal, known as "chained CPI," was mixed in Minnesota's congressional delegation. (04/10/2013)
Worthington ice storm
The next round of a late winter storm is threatening to dump several inches of wet snow across much of the southern half of Minnesota by Thursday. (04/10/2013)
Minnesota business leaders are pushing back against the tax and spending proposals from DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Democratic legislative majorities. (04/10/2013)
The state may give new life to a program that helps low income people build savings to fund an education, a business, or the purchase of a home. When program participants save $40 a month in an account the program adds $120. FAIM says it has helped nearly 1,800 people save $2.5 million over the last 12 years. But the program lost its state funding two years ago and wasn't included in the governor's first proposed budget this year.
Members of the state House Tax Committee had some sharp words Wednesday for Mayo Clinic.
A gunman who held four firefighters for hours in a suburban Atlanta home was shot dead by SWAT members and all the hostages are slightly injured but should be OK, authorities said Wednesday.
A new national report is shedding light on the high suspension rates among students of color and special-needs children in Minnesota's largest school district.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak used his 12th and final State of the City speech Wednesday afternoon to deliver a message -- from the future.
More than 70,000 utility customers in southwest Minnesota and eastern South Dakota were without power over the last 24 hours as freezing rain wreaked havoc with power lines and utility poles.
The Department of Corrections hopes to update facilities with funding from state bonding proposals released this week.
It's sugar time in Minnesota, with maple sap flowing and being cooked down to delicious syrup around the region.
Recipes from from "Modern Maple" by Teresa Marrone.
Sanford Health is withdrawing from merger discussions with Fairview, acording to a statement released by the company.
Architect Peter Williams founded Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments (ARCHIVE) to improve global health through better design. Having access to better housing can prevent tuberculosis, AIDS and malaria.
Financial adviser Ruth Hayden discusses what it takes to have a healthy financial relationship and avoid money stress.
About 20 percent of human genes have been patented by private companies, universities or the government. The ACLU, however, is challenging these patents in a case that the Supreme Court will hear next week.
John Hockenberry hosts a special edition of "The Takeaway," about why the subject of guns is so controversial in the United States. Hockenberry speaks to gun owners and public health professionals around the country. From PRI, WNYC, New York Times Radio, WGBH and Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Ramsey County prosecutors have charged two St. Paul brothers, their uncles and a woman in connection with an alleged sex trafficking ring that involved at least 10 victims over several years.
The U.S. Postal Service has backed off a plan to halt Saturday mail delivery, saying that Congress has forced it to continue the service despite massive cost overruns.
Ten men face federal charges for allegedly poaching walleye and other protected fish from the Red Lake and Leech Lake reservations and selling them on the black market.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman on Wednesday congratulated musicians and management at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for reaching a tentative labor agreement which could allow for the resumption of SPCO concerts.
An ice storm has caused wide-spread power outages in southwest Minnesota. Transmission lines feeding power to the city of Worthington are down and the city has declared a state of emergency, giving officials the authority to coordinate relief efforts with state and federal agencies.
Two key senators have reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, an agreement that could build support for President Barack Obama's drive to curb firearms violence in the wake of the elementary school shootings in Connecticut.
President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $3.8 trillion spending blueprint that strives to achieve a "grand bargain'' to tame runaway deficits. It would raise taxes on the wealthy and trim popular benefit programs including as Social Security and Medicare.
Police say an officer responding to a report of a man suffering a mental health crisis in south Minneapolis suffered a serious bite injury on Tuesday.
If recent patterns hold, a report out Wednesday morning will likely show Twin Cities home prices continued to rise in March. In the past few months, prices have jumped as much as 16 percent over the same period last year. But real estate experts and professionals disagree on how long prices will continue to rise so sharply.
After six months of a lockout, musicians and management of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra have a tentative contract deal.
Minnesota House Democrats propose an ambitious agenda to improve public education by raising taxes and increasing funding for schools by $550 million. DFL leaders claim that within 14 years the plan will close the racial and economic achievement gaps. A House committee will hear the omnibus budget bill Wednesday.
Spring brings new life to the landscape. The birth of a new crop of lambs is a yearly ritual at this small Minnesota farm.
The cities of Fargo, N.D. and Moorhead, Minn. have purchased and removed hundreds of flood-prone homes along the Red River since the record flood of 2009. As a result, the cities require fewer sandbags and less manpower when fighting floods now. The region is gearing up for another major flood this year.
The Social Security Administration released its updated list of top baby names today to reflect the most recent data from babies born in 2011. Olivia and Mason topped the list of Minnesota baby names.
Rybak will deliver the speech from a theater at the Walker Art Center. A spokesman says the the mayor wants a modern backdrop, because the speech will look to the future, far beyond the end of his third and final term.
Four educators from Minnesota leave today for a two-and-a-half week arctic expedition in Canada, where they plan to ski and fend off polar bears in between stops in several communities to help schoolchildren document stories about how climate change has affected people's lives.
Overnight the rain pushed east with embedded thunderstorms, while snow spread across east central Minnesota. Two inches of snow were measured at Chaska and Hastings early this morning. At daybreak, the latest in the series of wet weathermakers was moving through Wisconsin.
Spring brings new life to the landscape. MPR visited a small Minnesota farm near Pelican Rapids, to experience a yearly ritual, the birth of a new crop of lambs.
Minnesota has 3,000 sheep farms and more than 130,000 sheep according to the state Board of Animal Health.
A tentative deal has been reached between agriculture workers and growers, a key senator said Tuesday, smoothing the way for a landmark immigration bill to be released within a week.
Even as lawyers across the country struggle to find jobs, they aren't going to work in rural areas.
President Barack Obama officially releases his budget proposal today, but some details have already been leaked.

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