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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Voter ID amendment
House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill that extends the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse to sue abusers and institutions that failed to protect them. (05/01/2013)
May Day rally
Hundreds of supporters of changes to federal and state immigration laws marched to Minnesota's Capitol on Wednesday as fellow activists held similar rallies around the country. (05/01/2013)
Legislation calling for more gun background checks in Minnesota appears to be off the table for the year. (05/01/2013)
The state of Minnesota has asked a federal judge to dismiss five lawsuits filed on behalf of several people who say their driver's license data was improperly accessed by a Department of Natural Resources employee.
It took until May 1, but the Hennepin County sheriff's office has finally declared the 2013 "Ice Out" for Lake Minnetonka.
A St. Louis Park teenager who began lobbying for tighter gun controls after his father was killed in a workplace shooting says he's disappointed that nothing will change this year in the Legislature.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday to reconsider Amy Senser's conviction in the hit-and-run death of a Roseville man.
Here we go again. A rare May snowfall event is taking aim at eastern Minnesota tonight. This will likely bring the 1st measurable May snowfall in 22 years to the metro, and could challenge the Twin Cities all time May snowfall record of three inches.
Rapid snowmelt is causing flooding concerns along some rivers and streams in northeast Minnesota.
St. Paul's Summit Brewing Co. took delivery of four 18,600-gallon stainless steel fermentation tanks today. By July, Summit will install a dozen of the new 45-foot-tall vessels, allowing the brewery to double its beer-making capacity.
St. Paul mayoral candidate Tim Holden wants the city to incorporate parking into the design of the new Lowertown ballpark for the minor league St. Paul Saints.
Minnesota's largest health plan will delay the start of controversial payment system for hospitals until Jan. 1.
3M is spinning off two businesses that are highly respected by fly fishing fans.
Minnesota lawmakers made it clear Wednesday that they prefer keeping a ban on Sunday liquor store sales in place.
The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill that extends in-state public college tuition rates to children of people who are not in the country legally.
Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates discussed technology, education and making the world a better place, in a short speech and extended question and answer session with students from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. He spoke April 27, 2013 as part of dedication festivities for the Offutt School of Business at Concordia College.
It's time to talk farmers markets with Beth Dooley here on Appetites. She is the author of "Minnesota's Bounty: The Farmers' Market Cookbook."
A light, crisp meringue shell filled with lemon curd, topped with berries and whipped cream.
Recipes from "Minnesota's Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook."
The Red River at Fargo crested today at a little more than 33 feet, about eight feet lower than what the National Weather Service forecast just two weeks ago. The NWS says it will review its forecasting process in the wake of the off-base prediction.
The author of "China, Inc." and "Shock of Gray" explains how the modernization and urbanization of China will influence the rest of the world's prosperity. Ted Fishman delivered the Bob and Kim Griffin "Building US-China Bridges Lecture" at the University of Minnesota's China Center, April 3, 2013.
After record snowfall in April, an unusual May snowstorm is forecast for soggy northeast Minnesota.
Paul Huttner sees clues that "all seem to be pointing in the same direction," but he won't draw conclusions from a single event.
The budget whisperers are at it again. As the effects of the so-called sequester cuts are being noticed, Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles recently offered a revision of their 2010 deficit reduction proposal, often referred to simply as "Simpson-Bowles."
Gov. Mark Dayton this week named members of the board that will oversee the state's new health insurance exchange, which is scheduled to go live on Oct. 1.
Don't let yourself be intimidated by raw vegetables.
Gov. Mark Dayton has opened the door to supporting an increase in the alcohol tax.
An Iowa Senate ethics panel has voted to appoint a special investigator to review charges that a state senator took payments from a presidential campaign.
The state of Minnesota is asking a federal judge to dismiss lawsuits filed by dozens of people whose driver's license information was accessed by a Department of Natural Resources employee.
The Minnesota Department of Education will give schools more time to complete spring testing.
As the Red River in Fargo-Moorhead crests Wednesday at levels well-below what was forecast last week, local leaders are turning their attention to permanent flood protection.
Read this MPR News Primer on efforts to ban and allow same-sex marriage in Minnesota
Three men who attended college with the Boston Marathon suspect have been charged in connection with the case.
This can't be happening again right? It's May, after all. But the spring of 2013 appears to be the wintry gift that keeps on giving. Our next weathermaker is moving in with another shot of rain and, yes, snow.
The Minnesota State Patrol and tow truck crews are clearing a multi-vehicle crash on the west bound entrance to the Lowry Hill tunnel in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday morning.
The first gay couple granted a civil union in Colorado said their vows before hundreds of people early Wednesday morning at a downtown Denver municipal building where couples and members of the public gathered. The new law legalizing civil unions took effect at 12:01 a.m.
A law that limits employers' ability to ask about criminal backgrounds may be expanded to cover jobs in the private sector.
Several silica sand mines close to the Mississippi River in western Wisconsin are near areas where cyclists like to ride and stay in bed-and-breakfasts. Some of the proposed mines in southeastern Minnesota are also located in scenic areas where cycling is popular.
Twin Cities housing prices jumped 12 percent in the last year, according to the Case-Shiller Home Price Index, while a builders' association says residential construction activity is taking off.
After several revisions lowering the crest levels each time, the Red River in Fargo is predicted to crest today at just over 33 feet. That's more than six feet below the record level and more than four feet below the low end of the weather service outlook.
Look at photographs from the Bangladesh garment factory collapse, and you can see clothing in the rubble destined for a store called Joe Fresh, one of the many retailers using super-cheap fashions made overseas to keep shoppers buying often.
Government authorities should end the practice of placing juveniles' names on publicly accessible sex-offender registries, Human Rights Watch says in a report warning of lasting and unwarranted harm to some youths.
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which operates the Metrodome, says it's received more than 50 requests for seats, signs, turf and other mementoes. Authority chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen says the requests vary.
A search for two missing canoeists is to resume on the Chippewa River in Eau Claire. A search crew will be back on the river early Wednesday looking for two men whose canoe capsized Tuesday afternoon.
An Iowa Senate ethics panel is scheduled to meet to review a complaint that a state senator accepted payments from a presidential campaign in 2012.
Bryan Bickell scored in overtime on a two-on-one rush, and the Chicago Blackhawks started the playoffs on a winning note after dominating the regular season, beating the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Tuesday night.
If your medical records aren't in electronic form, they will be soon. Hospitals and clinics are replacing paper files with sophisticated electronic health records. But with a variety of systems in use, they often cannot share information with each other -- and that can be a serious problem in an emergency. Smart phones are starting to bridge that electronic gap.
A leading platform for the popular "massive open online courses" offered by elite universities is moving into a new realm: the expansive field of continuing education for teachers.
The two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance talks with Kerri Miller about acting and creativity.
In honor of the new film version of "The Great Gatsby," in this week's Screen Time, Tom Weber and Stephanie Curtis discuss literary adaptations.

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