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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The owner of a Minneapolis company that helps Somali immigrants send money to relatives in east Africa says it will be much easier to do business now that a major bank in Minnesota has agreed to process the transactions. (04/16/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton continued his budget-selling swing across Minnesota with a town hall meeting Tuesday in the Iron Range town of Virginia, Minn. (04/16/2013)
The Boston Marathon was still in progress on a bright Monday afternoon, but for Boston city police officers using the department's radio scanner channel, the day was winding down. At 2:51 p.m., an unidentified police dispatcher told several units that they could head out from the day's assignments. (04/16/2013)
An intelligence bulletin issued to law enforcement includes a picture of a mangled pressure cooker and a torn black bag that the FBI says were part of a bomb that exploded during the Boston Marathon.
An envelope addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi twice tested positive Tuesday for ricin, a potentially fatal poison, congressional officials said, heightening concerns about terrorism a day after a bombing killed three and left more than 170 injured at the Boston Marathon.
Server glitches interrupted online administering of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment test Tuesday. However students who were not able to finish may resume their exams on Wednesday.
Citing frustration over lack of progress in discussions with locked-out musicians over an independent analysis of the orchestra's finances, management at the Minnesota Orchestra today announced it has launched a study on its own. The musicians are however crying foul, saying it's management doing the foot-dragging.
The Minnesota Senate has narrowly passed a bill that would give state representatives and senators a 35 percent pay increase. Supporters say a raise is overdue and that without better pay well-qualified candidates may not run for the Legislature.
House lawmakers said Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration had numerous opportunities over nearly a decade to stop the Massachusetts pharmacy responsible for a deadly meningitis outbreak that has killed more than 50 Americans.
Pat Summerall, the NFL player-turned-broadcaster whose deep, resonant voice called games for more than 40 years, has died at the age of 82.
To some conservatives, it's amnesty. To some immigration advocates, it's unnecessarily punitive.
Budget cuts from Congress will soon reduce the number of free exhibitions on view each day at the Smithsonian Institution and will force unpaid leave for U.S. Park Police officers who guard the nation's monuments in Washington, New York City and elsewhere, agency officials told Congress on Tuesday.
The distressing nonstop crying in babies with colic is often blamed on tummy trouble, but a new study says the problem could be linked with migraine headaches in at least some infants.
If the Mayo Clinic is to expand in Rochester, city and county residents must contribute a larger share of the $500 million needed for public transit and other improvements, state lawmakers said this week.
Who's ready for summer? Rock the Garden 2013 is happening on June 15 -- rain or shine -- and we'll reveal the lineup at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16th.
Ian Bremmer will deliver a keynote address at today's Hendricks Forum titled, "Rocking the World Order: How Changing Politics, Economics and Geography Impact Us."
Protest music isn't just a folk singer with a guitar. There are great protest songs from practically every genre: hip-hop, soul, country, rock -- and even classical.
In the aftermath of the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon, security is being beefed up at sporting events across the country. We'll talk with security experts about keeping large events safe.
Local physician Dr. Wael Khouli recently visited his native Syria to help with humanitarian medical relief efforts. Khoulia saw firsthand that hospitals and doctors in Syria are being targeted by both sides.
American Airlines flights across the country are grounded because of computer problems.
Flint Hills Resources has agreed to incorporate energy efficiency and emissions restrictions into a $400 million plan to upgrade its refinery in Rosemount as part of a settlement with two environmental groups.
Gov. Mark Dayton called Tom Decker "a true American hero" as he signed a bill to rename 11 miles of State Highway 23 after the slain Cold Spring police officer.
Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed legislation to expand Medicaid to cover more uninsured residents of North Dakota.
Top Minnesota lawmakers say they either don't know or can't say which pharmaceutical company they're trying to lure to the state with a tax break gaining steam at the Capitol.
Duluth poet Louis Jenkins never dreamed he'd be in theater. Now he's found himself working at the Guthrie in Minneapolis with an internationally renowned British actor in a world premier production of a play that seems to be about - of all things - ice fishing.
MPR's regular medical analyst Jon Hallberg joined Tom Crann on All Things Considered to discuss the rising number of chlamydia cases in Minnesota.
The Public Insight Network is hosting an online clinic dedicated to the art of photography in preparation for the Lyrid meteor shower. Join us as experienced photographers Heidi Pinkerton, Greg Marshall and Bryan Hansel answer your questions and share their tips and tricks of how to shoot great images of the night sky.
Authorities in Hennepin and Ramsey counties say they'll have a new tool this summer to alert the public to severe weather.
Cold weather has been hampering sales of spring merchandise for Target.
Two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people and injuring more than 100 in what appeared to be a well-coordinated attack.
The first quarter of a new election cycle is typically not a big time for many U.S. House incumbents. The biggest bit of news here is that Republican Michele Bachmann's fundraising juggernaut has slowed slightly.
President Barack Obama says the explosions at the Boston Marathon are being investigated as an act of terror, although authorities still don't know who is responsible.
Minneapolis DFLers will take the first step Tuesday toward trying to endorse a candidate for mayor with 117 precinct caucuses at sites around the city starting at 7 p.m.
The people who run Minnesota's largest marathon say they're watching events unfold in Boston with an eye on what it might mean for their race, scheduled for this fall.
U.S. builders broke ground in March on homes at the fastest pace in nearly five years, fueled by a surge in apartment construction. The gains show the housing market is gaining strength ahead of the spring-buying season.
The bombs that ripped through the crowd at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 170, were fashioned out of pressure cookers and packed with metal shards, nails and ball bearings to inflict maximum carnage, a person briefed on the investigation said Tuesday.
An Olmsted County District Court judge stayed a 91-day jail sentence for Stanley Wilkinson, pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Rochester.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is investigating what caused a major manure spill at a Fillmore County dairy farm, officials said Tuesday.
Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe spent a day in a wheelchair to support efforts at the Legislature for a $4 million appropriation for research to discover a cure for paralysis.
The chair of Minnesota's House Commerce Committee said he will initiate discussions about changing electronic gambling rules Tuesday, aiming to improve revenues that are falling far short of the amount needed to fund the state's share of the $1 billion Vikings stadium.
Looking back at Minnesota Climate Working Group data, it appears that this will go down as the snowiest April in 11 years. And Duluth has broken a record for the snowiest February-through-April period in recorded history.
Minnesota House Democrats want to trim the state's contribution to a Mayo Clinic expansion proposal by about $200 million from an original request of about $500 million from the Rochester healthcare giant.
Minneapolis DFLers will take the first step Tuesday night in precinct caucuses toward trying to endorse a candidate in the first open-seat mayor's race the city has seen in 20 years.
The Supreme Court seemed worried Monday about the idea of companies patenting human genes in a case that could profoundly reshape the multibillion-dollar biomedical industry and U.S. research in the fight against diseases like breast and ovarian cancer.
A bipartisan proposal to expand background checks to more gun buyers is in jeopardy. The pool of potential Republican votes that Democrats will need to push the measure through the Senate has dwindled, and President Barack Obama was calling lawmakers Monday as both sides hunted support for a nail-biting showdown vote expected this week.
Forensics expert John Goodpaster, director of the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program at Indiana University Purdue University, joins The Daily Circuit to talk about the clues investigators are looking for to find out more about who made the explosive devices.
Tonight is a big night for Minneapolis politics. DFLers across the city will be caucusing in their precincts to take the first step in endorsing candidates in the open mayor's race and several City Council races.
President Barack Obama said Monday, "We still do not know who did this or why, and people shouldn't jump to conclusions before we have all of the facts." But many are speculating that the act is one of domestic terrorism.
President Barack Obama spoke briefly this morning on the Boston attack. He has also ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff.
Kerri's book pick this week is "Cooked," the latest from science writer Michael Pollan. It's part history, part how-to, and part a call for Americans to pick up spatulas and mandolines.

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