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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Rescuers tried to free people believed trapped in the concrete rubble of a building housing mainly garment factories that collapsed in Bangladesh a day after workers complained cracks had developed in the structure. The death toll jumped Thursday to 149 after searchers worked through the night. (04/24/2013)
The Minnesota House has passed a tax bill that raises a number of taxes, gives subsidies to businesses and provides property tax relief to homeowners and renters. (04/24/2013)
We're in denial: Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term care as they get older -- and are taking few steps to get ready. (04/24/2013)
New information emerged Wednesday from U.S. officials that the name of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects had been added to a U.S. government terrorist database long before the explosions.
The FBI's Minneapolis division is talking with state and local law officers about lessons the bureau has learned in active shooting situations around the country -- with the goal of helping first responders be ready for anything.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is accused of slashing payments to hospitals by the Minnesota Hospital Association.
Duluth Mayor Don Ness and other northeast Minnesota leaders are urging state lawmakers not to reallocate unspent flood relief funding.
Prospects for a bonding bill dimmed Wednesday, when Democrats in the Minnesota Senate added a cash allocation to their tax bill for one of the session's key bonding project proposals -- the renovation of the State Capitol Building.
The U.S. Senate is debating a bill that would to allow states to collect sales taxes from online retailers, a change designed to deliver billions of dollars of lost tax revenues. Both of Minnesota's senators support the bill, saying it will help brick-and-mortar retailers like Best Buy and Target, which are based in Minnesota.
Unrelenting snow and sleet have made late April feel like February, and that means a seemingly endless winter for local diners who seek out seasonal food from our region.
Police have arrested a 19-year-old man and three juveniles after a cab driver was robbed in St. Cloud.
Supervalu is reporting a quarterly loss of $1.4 billion due to a combination of weak sales at its grocery stores and a major financial hit from the sale of several chains in January.
Erwin Farkas was 10 years old when World War II began in 1939. His subsequent Holocaust survival is one of eight that have been woven together in a new Twin Cities theatrical production.
"Prostitution is not the world's oldest profession. It is the world's oldest oppression," says Vednita Carter, the founder and executive director of Breaking Free, a nonprofit for victims and survivors of prostitution. A conference in St. Paul will focus on the effort to help women and girls escape prostitution and human trafficking.
MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle is keeping a keen eye on the transportation budget bills working their way through the Minnesota House and Senate. Those measures seem to be sputtering as the legislative session enters its final weeks.
Scientists trace China's warmer weather to local greenhouse gases.
A feature about civic engagement is being delayed until 12:01 a.m. Thursday on a condition set by the source.
New York Times national security correspondent Scott Shane and former Vice President Walter Mondale discuss torture, drones, secrecy and the accountability of power in a democracy. The event was held April 23, 2013 at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School.
In a quest to save money, political leaders in Washington state are exploring a plan that would shift some government workers out of their current health plans and onto the insurance exchange developed under President Barack Obama's health care law.
After a revised forecast, Fargo is downsizing efforts to fight. Red River flooding. The revision from the National Weather Service on Wednesday means fewer sandbags will be needed to prepare for a river crest expected late next week.
Prospects for a bonding bill dimmed Wednesday, when Democrats in the Minnesota Senate added a cash allocation to their tax bill for one of the session's key bonding project proposals -- the renovation of the State Capitol Building.
"A Nation at Risk," the report issued 30 years ago by President Ronald Reagan's Education Department, was meant as a wake-up call for the country. It spelled out where the United States was coming up short in education and what steps could be taken to avert a crisis. But its warnings still reverberate today.
We're in denial: Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term care as they get older -- and are taking few steps to get ready. A new poll examined how people 40 and over are preparing for this difficult and often pricey reality of aging, and found two-thirds say they've done little to no planning.
Law enforcement officials searched the home of a second Mississippi man in connection to ricin-laced letters sent to the president and a U.S. senator after charges were dropped without explanation against a man arrested in the case last week.
State health officials say there were 315 new cases of HIV in Minnesota last year, an 8 percent increase over the number of new cases in 2011.
A University of Minnesota team performed an unprecedented transplant on Tuesday in an effort to cure a 12-year-old boy who has both HIV and leukemia. Their potential solution: umbilical cord blood containing a protein known to protect a person against HIV.
"Gangster Squad," a Ryan Gosling-Sean Penn period drama about a police officer who takes on the mob, comes out Wednesday on DVD and streaming video. It was a flop, so Tom Weber and Stephanie Curtis recommend other great gangster films you should see in its place.
Investigators say Eric Justin Toth's five-year run as a fugitive began when he was fired from his teaching job at a prestigious private school in Washington after being confronted about images of child pornography taken with a school camera in the man's possession. It ended over the weekend.
Grand Forks officials say that two of the city's three bridges could be closed to cars and people if the Red River reaches the 49-foot mark.
A criminal complaint says the boy's mother told his father he couldn't stay when he showed up at her house last weekend.
A team of American investigators planned to speak with the parents of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects in southern Russia. One line of inquiry involves how the brothers may have turned into militants and whether they may have learned their tactics online.
Williston, N.D., city commissioners have suspended the liquor licenses of the city's two strip clubs in response to what police say are excessive calls for disorderly behavior.
Doctors at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital are hopefully a promising bone marrow transplant will cure a boy diagnosed with HIV and leukemia.
Last week, the New York Post ran a front page photo of two teenage runners falsely implying that they had something to do with the Boston Marathon backpack bombs. But they came to the public's attention after their images were scooped up and pored over by hundreds of online amateur sleuths.
The ancient discipline of yoga keeps attracting new followers. Bruce Kramer says it helps him cope with ALS.
Research shows dramatic differences in the role that guns play in the deaths of white and black Minnesotans. African-Americans are much more likely to be killed by firearms than whites are in Minnesota. At the same time, whites are more likely than African-Americans to use guns to commit suicide.
This maps shows counts by county of currently valid permits from applications received May 2003 to December 2012 and valid on or before December 2012. MPR News calculated the number of permits per 1,000 residents.
A charts shows dramatic differences in the role that guns play in the deaths of white and black Minnesotans.
A GOP bill, headed for a vote Wednesday in the House, would divert billions from another program under President Barack Obama's signature law, a transfer Democrats say would undermine broader goals. Caught in the middle are the so-called uninsurables.
A new report from the American Lung Association shows some improvements in air quality in Minnesota's cities, but Ramsey County had poor grades for fine particle pollution for the third year in a row.
The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, A statewide anti-bullying bill, is awaiting a floor vote in the Minnesota House and moving its way through the Senate.

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