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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Met Council Thursday officially amended its Transportation Policy Plan to include light rail for the planned Bottineau transitway. (05/08/2013)
John Stumme, left, and Kyle Hanson
Big crowds are expected at the Minnesota Capitol Thursday as the Minnesota House prepares to vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. (05/08/2013)
The Minnesota Capitol
A minimum wage increase is another step closer to being passed, but the hourly rate has not been decided on yet by legislators. (05/08/2013)
The U.S. House passed legislation today that would make significant changes to overtime pay. The vote was 223 to 204.
The issue of mental health is often brought up after a crisis, and even in the gun debate at the Capitol. But discussion of mental health in children is less focused on.
The Senate Tax Committee voted Wednesday to strip out tax increases from the transportation finance bill.
Actual pricing data for the cost for health treatment charged by hospitals is now available online.
The latest report from the Minnesota Trade Office shows that the state's companies exported a record nearly $21 billion in products last year.
In the 1930s and 1940s Minneapolis was considered one of the most anti-Semitic cities in America. John Biewen and Beth Friend produced an historical documentary about these times, called "No Jews Allowed." It was originally broadcast in 1992.
A detention hearing has been postponed for a man accused in what the FBI is calling a thwarted terror plot in western Minnesota.
"The Great Gatsby" is all the rage, with the opening of a new film version of the novel. But not everyone is crazy about the book.
Two of the most logical places where the Mayo Clinic might expand would be Florida and Arizona, where existing campuses are growing steadily.
The Minnesota Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would allow lawsuits against churches, schools and other organizations that may have covered up child sexual abuse decades ago.
Restaurants design in many ways is like service: when it's good, you don't notice the nuances. But when it's bad, it can be glaring. Good restaurant design can turn a mere meal into a dining experience.
Lake ice will play a role in the Governor's Fishing Opener for the first time in recent memory.
Target launched a new digital retailing venture on Facebook that the company hopes will link the rapidly growing social media phenomenon with shopping at its stores.
A former head football coach for Minnesota State University, Mankato, who was cleared of child pornography charges last year but reassigned to an administrative position, is no longer employed at the university, the school said Wednesday.
Cheryl Strayed's second book, "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail," which chronicles her arduous hike and the personal problems that drove her to that journey, has become an international best-seller.
The owner of a head shop at the center of a fight over synthetic drugs has found a new way to promote his business -- paying for tattoos for customers willing to advertise his store on their bodies.
The cancellation of the final two weeks of the orcheatra's winter season was not unexpected. However, it is a milestone in the long-running dispute.
The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit's launch skills. The group's deputy commander said it is suffering "rot" within its ranks.
Sexual assaults across the military are a growing epidemic. In releasing a massive report Tuesday, Pentagon leaders continued to struggle with how to combat the problem and give victims enough confidence in the system to come forward.
A common antibiotic used to treat everything from Lyme disease to chlamydia to acne is in short supply, leading the drug's price to skyrocket in Minnesota.
The attack Tuesday left a dozen sheep dead. Seven were killed by the two huskies and five others were injured and had to be euthanized. Another six were injured but remain alive and are being treated.
The Minnesota Department of Health cited Hillcrest Terrace for failing to recognize an elderly resident's health had deteriorated.
"The Great Gatsby," the latest spectacle from Baz Luhrmann, opens on Friday. The Los Angeles Times says "'Gatsby' has arguably eclipsed every other 2013 film release in terms of pre-release hype."
Frost and 80 degrees are likely within a span of about 36 to 48 hours next Sunday through Tuesday. And, if you had control of the weather joystick, when would you make it rain?
The man whose political career seemed to end in ignominy in 2010, capped a remarkable political comeback Tuesday by winning a seat in Congress.
You couldn't tell it by the vigor of the public debate, but the rate of homicides with guns in the United States has dropped rather dramatically from the '90s, a new analysis of government data shows.
We follow Bruce Kramer as he delivers a guest lecture at the University of Minnesota medical school.
More than 16,000 dead pigs show up in a major river. The H7N9 virus showed is found in live fowl in Shanghai's markets. And a crime ring allegedly passes off more than $1 million worth of rat and other small mammal meat as mutton.
The Minnesota Senate is ready to vote on a bill to bump up the state's minimum wage, although not as fast as House lawmaking counterparts want.
Students at Murdock Elementary School in west-central Minnesota are expected to return to their classrooms Wednesday after a leak of anhydrous ammonia prompted a precautionary evacuation.
Rural Minnesotans are less optimistic about the economy than people in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, according to a new study by the Blandin Foundation.
Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet.
A resurgent housing market, rising home values and steady job gains are helping more U.S. homeowners stay on top of their mortgage payments.
Seventeen-year-old Kelsey Raffaele's last words were over a cellphone to a friend: "I'm going to crash!" The car she was driving had clipped a snow bank and spun into oncoming traffic, where it was T-boned by an SUV. She died at a hospital without regaining consciousness.
A new genetic test to gauge the aggressiveness of prostate cancer may help tens of thousands of men each year decide whether they need to treat their cancer right away or can safely monitor it.
At least 50 loons have been rescued from farmers' fields, parking lots and roadsides since Saturday in northern Wisconsin. What's happening?

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