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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sen. Tom Coburn
Landmark immigration legislation is doomed to fail in Congress unless border-security provisions are greatly strengthened, Republican senators bluntly warned on Tuesday. (05/07/2013)
Bee hive
According to a new survey of America's beekeepers, almost a third of the country's honeybee colonies did not make it through the winter. (05/07/2013)
A hiker who went missing in Yosemite National Park has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff, authorities said. (05/07/2013)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reopening its three Minneapolis locks to recreational boats.
Investor Warren Buffett encouraged young workers to find jobs that they are passionate about, as he offered career advice online Tuesday on a variety of topics.
Minneapolis City Councilmember Robert Lilligren is asking the DFL Party to rescind its endorsement of his challenger.
Americans cut back on using their credit cards in March, suggesting many were reluctant to take on high-interest debt to make purchases.
Federal regulators on Tuesday warned several companies that the quick, easy background checks they are providing online might violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Former St. Paul Chamber Orchestra leader Bruce Coppock will return as its president and managing director, the SPCO announced Tuesday.
Authorities say a collision between a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train and a semi carrying anhydrous ammonia injured at least five people.
About 50 people from southeastern Minnesota gathered at the state Capitol Tuesday to sway legislators to require frac sand mines be located at least a mile away from trout streams and related waters.
Minnesotans are involved in a passionate debate about marriage this election season. The two sides began squaring off more than 40 years ago. This project draws from MPR's extensive audio archive to explore the origins of this election day showdown over same-sex marriage.
Police in Eden Prairie say analysis shows the presence of Matula's DNA in a blood sample from a jacket found in Roe's vehicle.
The Minnesota Legislature is close to deciding whether to legalize same-sex marriage.
Preserving customs is important in many families and many parents encourage their children to carry on established traditions. But not all traditions need to be repeated. In this installment of MPR's Young Reporters Series, Jasmyn Taylor tells us how she's bucking the trend in her family -- by not becoming a teenage mother.
A hearing in the U.S. House Tuesday looked at a legal decision by the city of St. Paul to withdraw from a Supreme Court case and the role of Labor Secretary nominee Thomas Perez in that decision.
The Dow Jones industrial average is punching through another milestone: its first close above 15,000.
A discussion about breast cancer stirred listeners and readers to offer their own stories. Here are some of them.
As people in Boston and beyond struggled to make sense of the marathon bombings last month, the news media churned out reports that started to follow a pattern.
Legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota has cleared its last committee in the state House, and a vote on the House floor is set for Thursday.
Since 2006, more than a thousand colleges and universities have adopted smoke-free campuses. Now, the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities is close to enacting a smoking ban.
Sasha Aslanian's 2012 documentary about the 40 years of history regarding gay marriage in Minnesota. The documentary draws from MPR's extensive audio archive and interviews people who have been on both sides of this debate.
Gun homicides have dropped steeply in the United States since their 1993, a pair of reports released Tuesday showed, adding fuel to Congress' battle over whether to tighten restrictions on firearms.
A new study finds that monkeys, like humans, change their behavior to adapt to social norms and even vary their eating habits to blend in with new surroundings and new groups of monkeys.
This year, zebra mussels might have a harder time escaping the state's new inspectors: three dogs specially trained to sniff out the tiny invasive species.
The moose population at Voyageurs National Park near International Falls is holding relatively steady, wildlife biologists announced Tuesday.
Released punter Chris Kluwe says he doesn't know what role his politics may have played in his departure, but he has no regrets.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he plans to sue Wells Fargo and Bank of America for violating terms of the $25 billion National Mortgage Settlement.
A bill to legalize same-sex marriage has been scheduled for a floor vote in the Minnesota House on Thursday. MPR News asked Minnesotans if they feel the state has engaged in enough of a conversation about marriage. We asked members of our Public Insight Network about their views on same-sex marriage and received more than 150 responses. Here is a sampling of their views.
This is a transcript of the 911 call placed Monday by a woman missing since 2003, when she was 16.
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that claimed the state of Minnesota was wrongfully charged for more than 37,000 abortions for indigent women.
An ex-convict dubbed the "Man in Black" bank robber has admitted stealing more than $110,000 in 31 bank robberies across Minnesota.
Three women who went missing about a decade ago were found alive Monday in a residential area just south of downtown, and a man was arrested.
The proposal up for a vote Tuesday would require people enrolled in the state's food stamps program to spend at least two-thirds of their monthly benefits on items such as milk, bread and vegetables.
Authorities say 73-year-old Kenneth Stensby was hiking Vernal Fall solo when he disappeared.
The Minnesota House has passed a bill requiring all public school districts to create policies aimed at reducing bullying.
The second-to-last week of Minnesota's legislative session started Monday with attention growing around the definition of marriage, as the bill to open it up to same-sex couples headed into what could be a pivotal week at the Capitol.
The host of NPR's 'Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me,' on talks to MPR's Cathy Wurzer about his new documentary, "Constitution USA," and riding across the country on a tricked-out Harley-Davidson to interview Americans for the program.
Maneesh Apte and Anjali Lall are among 141 students nationwide honored for their accomplishments in academics or the arts.
Residents of Fargo-Moorhead are cleaning up sandbags and removing temporary levees after the Red River's crest last week. As it turned out, most of that preparation wasn't needed for this year's flood. Both cities are now turning their attention back to building permanent levees and flood walls.
Vice President Joe Biden wants pastors, rabbis and nuns to tell their flocks that enacting gun control is the moral thing to do. But another vote may have to wait until Congress wraps up work on an immigration overhaul.
U.S. cranberry farmers who spent millions of dollars to replant and expand bogs face a financial crisis after a huge harvest in Canada flooded the market and sent prices plummeting.
A sunny Monday and Tuesday brings us the spring weather we've been waiting for. But starting Tuesday night, bouts of showers and thundershowers are forecast for rest of the week.

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