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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Minnesota lawmakers are primed to adopt legislation giving idled workers longer-lasting jobless benefits when locked out by their companies in labor fights. (05/15/2013)
Joe Coleman is the first player to transfer after the coaching change at Minnesota. (05/15/2013)
Minnesota Democrats are giving up for the year on a push to change election law so people could start voting weeks before Election Day. (05/15/2013)
A conference committee at the state Legislature rejected a bill this week that would require accreditation for crime labs.
The former head of accounting accused of stealing more than $670,000 from the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis has pleaded guilty to theft and filing a false tax return.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has started the second phase of its ambitious study to determine why the state's moose population is declining so rapidly. Last week, they began collaring newborn moose calves.
Local officials should ask in-depth questions about costs and benefits when they consider whether to permit a frac sand mine, according to a report.
President Barack Obama says the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Steven Miller, has submitted his resignation in the aftermath of an investigation that found the agency improperly targeted conservative groups.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau says the squad car that collided with and killed a motorcyclist last Friday wasn't speeding.
Adam Dunn homered twice, doubled and drove in five runs, powering the Chicago White Sox past the Minnesota Twins 9-4 on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field.
Two people from Red Wing, Minnesota who are important figures in Minnesota history, culture and the arts are featured in separate documentaries by Minnesota Public Radio's Stephen Smith. Part 1: "Song Catcher: Frances Densmore of Red Wing" and Part 2: "Artist Charles Biederman."
A 17-hour debate in the Minnesota Senate over the unionization of child care providers and personal care assistants could be just a taste of things to come in the closing days of the legislative session.
What book made you want to grab your suitcase and go traveling?
What makes a good horror movie, and why do we pay good money to subject ourselves to them?
The pressure to cook is enormous. For people who don't cook, it can be shaming. Hold your head high, non-cooks. You fulfill a role not yet acknowledged in this country.
Minnesota taxes will rise by more than $2 billion in the next two-year state budget, but who pays how much on what is still being hammered out as the Legislature speeds toward a Monday deadline for the session's adjournment. Here's a look at what is known and what is left to be decided on the tax plan.
The Minnesota Interagency Fire Center says the Green Valley Fire near Menahga in Wadena County has prompted evacuations and has damaged some structures in the area.
The temporary shutdown of two oil refineries in the Chicago area is putting pressure on gas prices in Minnesota.
Scientists have finally recovered stem cells from cloned human embryos, a longstanding goal that could lead to new treatments for such illnesses as Parkinson's disease and diabetes.
A second group in Minnesota says it believes the IRS targeted it for extra scrutiny because of its conservative stand.
North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven says a measure that would authorize a Red River flood diversion project has passed the Senate.
Cecelia Crocker's body provides her with a constant reminder of the most traumatic event of her life -- one that she doesn't otherwise remember.
The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill allowing the unionization of home child-care workers in Minnesota after an all-night debate that saw Republicans trying to block the bill.
The House Agriculture Committee has begun work on a five-year farm bill that would make small cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program.
Officials are beefing up security for this week's marathon in North Dakota's largest city, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260.
High temperatures and desert-like humidity readings are helping to drive an outbreak of wildfires in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Over the past decade, doctors have noticed a big increase in the number of women choosing prophylactic, or preventive, mastectomies. Some, like actress Angelina Jolie, have a genetic mutation that makes it much more likely that they will have breast cancer.
The Census Bureau finds that about 3.5 percent of stay-at-home parents are fathers, though that's doubled in a decade. But Stephanie Coontz of the Council on Contemporary Families calls the figure vastly underreported.
Former Ambassador Thomas Pickering on Tuesday defended the investigative board he led looking into last year's attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, saying he wanted the opportunity to clear up "unfounded" criticisms leveled against it during last week's Congressional hearings.
As his Justice Department faces bipartisan outrage for searching phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors, Attorney General Eric Holder says he is not sure how many times such information has been seized by government investigators in the four years he's led Justice.
A much-anticipated report from the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration is straight forward about how Internal Revenue Service personnel unfairly singled out some conservative groups for unnecessary scrutiny during the 2012 campaign cycle.
Many gay and lesbian couples in Minnesota are looking forward to Aug. 1, when the law legalizing same-sex marriage goes into effect.
The historically low supply of homes in the Twin Cities means a dearth of listings for sale ... and bidding wars that take place over the few available homes. The steep competition is prompting some real estate agents to market homes privately, before they're listed publicly. The practice is legal, but some real estate agents think it's unethical.
The House and Senate Agriculture committees are debating a new farm bill this week. The current legislation directed more than $1 billion to Minnesota last year in the form of food stamp benefits and subsidized crop insurance for farmers. Those two expensive programs are the most controversial portions of the new bill Congress is considering.
A surprising new report questions public health efforts to get Americans to sharply cut back on salt, saying it's not clear whether eating super-low levels is worth the struggle.
A decades-old effort to nurse the battered Great Lakes to health has made progress toward reducing toxic pollution and slamming the door on invasive species, but the freshwater seas continue to face serious threats, a U.S.-Canadian agency said Tuesday.

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