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Friday, April 26, 2013

Federal wildlife officials have drafted plans to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move that could end a decades-long recovery effort that has restored the animals but only in parts of their historic range. (04/26/2013)
More than 150 students walked out of Hopkins High School Friday afternoon to bring attention to what they say is unequal treatment of African-American teens. (04/26/2013)
After nearly stalling in late 2012, the American economy quickened its pace early this year despite deep government cutbacks. The strongest consumer spending in two years fueled a 2.5 percent annual growth rate in the January-March quarter. But can it last? (04/26/2013)
A U.S.-Canadian panel urged both nations Friday to consider installing water retention structures to boost levels on Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, which fell to their lowest point on record in January and have lagged well below their historical average since the late 1990s.
The Internal Revenue Service has recouped more than $5.5 billion under a series of programs that offered reduced penalties and no jail time to people who voluntarily disclosed assets they were hiding overseas, government investigators said Friday.
By wide margins, the Minnesota House has approved two bills to curb the use of certain chemicals in products made for children.
After an ice storm earlier this month caused damages estimated at $26 million, Gov. Mark Dayton is asking for a presidential disaster declaration for a five-county area of southwest Minnesota.
A task force seized a large amount of drugs and cash in Minneapolis Friday, according to Hennepin County Sheriff's Office officials.
Minnesota Orchestra musicians have set a new condition in their labor dispute with the orchestra. They want orchestra management to end the seven-month lockout before they'll return to the bargaining table.
The coming-of-age story of Duluth's music scene could easily be called "North by Northeast." Now in its 15th year, the annual Homegrown Music Festival is a far cry from the late 1990s in Duluth, when there were hardly any local bands playing original music and even fewer places for them to play. The festival kicks off Sunday in Duluth, and over the next eight nights features more than 180 local bands playing 25 venues.
In what's almost become a city-wide tradition, Fargo residents went about building sandbag defenses on Friday to hold back the rising Red River.
How can Republicans better connect with American voters? In the latest debate from the Intelligence Squared series, participants discuss whether Republicans need to move toward the center or remain true to their conservative principles to attract the most support.
It was a long wait, but Minnesotans were rewarded today with a sunny, warm day that actually felt like spring. And many took advantage of the chance to get outside and enjoy the weather. Our photographers captured some of those scenes.
A piece of landing gear believed to be from one of the planes destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks has been discovered wedged between a New York City mosque and another building.
While the Red River is expected to crest just below 38 feet next week at Fargo-Moorhead, sandbag dikes are being constructed to protect to 40 feet.
An art exhibit opening tonight in Minneapolis is the culmination of more than two years of teaching military veterans to express themselves through art and resolve difficult emotions stemming from past conflict or trauma.
Arts reporter Euan Kerr discusses director Sally El Hosaini's background, a new twist on an old tale and the thick London dialect in the movie "My Brother the Devil" in this week's Cube Critics.
Local cheesemonger Benjamin Roberts is raising money for a cheesemonger education fund this weekend at the two cheese shops he runs -- France 44 in Minneapolis and St. Paul Cheese Shop in St. Paul. A portion of the proceeds will go for a cheese scholarship in honor of the woman he describes as his "cheese mentor." Benjamin Roberts spoke with MPR's Tom Crann.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly close to firing its president and bringing back Flip Saunders.
The Hopkins School District has asked an outside party to investigate a racially charged incident in February.
Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut? Do you know what steps to take to make that dream a reality? Join us as we welcome an aspiring astronaut and her professional astronaut mentor to see how each of them got to where they are today, and where the future might bring them.
Congress easily approved legislation Friday ending furloughs of air traffic controllers that have delayed hundreds of flights daily, infuriating travelers and causing political headaches for lawmakers.
A shelter for vulnerable residents is the latest to complain of problems from the growing use of synthetic drugs in downtown Duluth.
The new Vikings stadium may feature four themed club seating areas named the Valhalla, Fire, Ice and Vikings clubs.
Polio isn't going easily into the dustbin of history. The world needs to push it in, throw down the lid and then keep an eye out to make sure it doesn't escape. That's the gist of a new plan released Thursday by the World Health Organization.
George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today,"has died. He was 81.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings and the crimes that followed, has been moved out of Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to a prison at Ft. Devens, Mass., the U.S. Marshals Service says.
Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker said after talks this morning with the National Weather Service, a Red River flood crest forecast of 37 to 38 feet is not a shot in the dark. That may signal another slight reduction in the crest estimates that have been dropping over the past week.
The Minnesota Department of Education is working to clear up a number of problems with online assessment testing after dozens of Minnesota school districts have encountered glitches when trying to administer the tests online in recent weeks.
The U.S. Senate has passed a measure that would help the FAA avoid flight delays caused by staffing furloughs among air traffic controllers. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says the deal is important to Minnesota, especially because of the Delta hub at Minneapolis St. Paul International Aiport.
Scott County officials say the effort to contain the fire following an explosion at a biomass energy plant could run through the weekend.
The FAA has no choice but to cut $637 million as its share of $85 billion in automatic, government-wide spending cuts that must be achieved by the end of the federal budget year on Sept. 30.
The Senate voted 63-30 Thursday to advance a bill that would impose state and local sales taxes on purchases made over the Internet. An agreement among senators delayed the Senate's final vote on passage until May 6, when senators return from a weeklong vacation.
U.S. economic growth accelerated to an annual rate of 2.5 percent from January through March, buoyed by the strongest consumer spending in more than two years.
Minnesota's Senate has approved a budget for state health and assistance programs that includes a surcharge on HMOs and pay increases for care workers that critics say aren't big enough.
Rick Spielman stepped to the podium with a big smile on his face, elated that his Minnesota Vikings were able to land Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night.
The company office is getting a major facelift. Businesses are increasingly moving away from individual offices and enclosed cubicles to more open environments. While there's big cost savings, critics say the changes come with productivity losses.
The latest bad news in the hunt for an AIDS vaccine: The government halted a large U.S. study on Thursday, saying the experimental shots aren't preventing HIV infection.
Hollywood is banking on the future this summer -- and not just a future where Capt. Kirk orders warp speed or Tony Stark builds a better Iron Man outfit.
Medical and recreational marijuana may be legal in Colorado, but employers in the state can lawfully fire workers who test positive for the drug, even if it was used off duty, according to a court ruling Thursday.
The Minnesota House passed a tax bill this week that would raise taxes on alcohol. A supporter and opponent of the alcohol tax increase join The Daily Circuit for a debate.

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