News & Features Archive

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Shepherd Road
Initial estimates show that the state will be eligible for federal funds to rebuild. (07/01/2014)
Thomas Vanek
The 30-year-old Vanek, a native of Austria, played two standout seasons at the University of Minnesota before turning pro with Buffalo in 2005. (07/01/2014)
Publicist Mara Buxbaum said Williams is "taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud." (07/01/2014)
Police got a fire department boat and, with a firefighter driving, were able to catch the kayaker. Authorities recovered cleaning supplies and lighters apparently taken from the restaurant.
On July 2, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. Non-violent activists John Lewis, Julian Bond and Andrew Young are among those leaders credited with making it happen. They reflected on the history and meaning of the Civil Rights Act at the 50th anniversary event held in April 2014 at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.
In a remarkable discovery related to one of Minnesota's greatest musicians, California record collector Jeff Gold--a former Warner Bros. executive who now runs a music memorabilia business called Recordmecca--has purchased a previously unknown trove of 149 acetate records pressed during the making of Bob Dylan's albums Nashville Skyline (1969), Self Portrait (1970), and New Morning (1970).
Lorna Her Many Horses grew up on South Dakota's Rosebud Indian Reservation, but she didn't master the language of her ancestors until she came to Minneapolis. She now teaches the Dakota language, of which Lakota is a dialect, in the Minneapolis public schools. She's also been working to translate "The Star Spangled Banner" to honor her family members who are veterans.
Two book lovers reveal their top choices for the summer season.
For Screen Time this week, Stephanie and Kerri discuss movies and books including the new book, James Harvey's "Watching Them Be."
A look at proposed rules to force financial advisers to work in clients' best interest.
Eight Minnesota companies were among plaintiffs affected by Monday's Supreme Court ruling that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
It's mosquito season in Minnesota and those insects can be more than just a nuisance. They also can be hazardous to your health.
The city of Minneapolis will need to find more money for a new downtown park now that Radisson has abandoned a planned hotel development nearby.
A Minneapolis law firm has been secretly investigating the private life of Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt for the past six months. Nienstedt acknowledged that he authorized an investigation into allegations made against him.
A closer look at the Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores.
Graco Children's Products is recalling 1.9 million infant car seats, bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators, in what is now the largest seat recall in American history.
We look at why women -- especially women of color -- are less likely to pursue a career in the computer sciences.
As the on-site meteorologist at Target Field, Craig Edwards can attest that the game is meant to be played outdoors. He takes us through how Twins officials handle thunderstorms.
The largest airplane ever built will be in the Twin Cities for another day.
Minnesota is about as waterlogged as it's ever been but flooding could be much worse. Record rainfalls have not caused devastating flooding in some of the places traditionally most at risk.
Nearly three-quarters of older men and about two-thirds of women over age 64 are overweight or obese, making them more likely to have to deal with diabetes, arthritis and impaired mobility.
Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne scored in extra time Tuesday to give Belgium a 2-1 win over the United States and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.
Twenty-five years ago today, July 1, 1989, the act Milli Vanilli hit No. 1 in the U.S. for the first time with this song "Baby Don't Forget My Number."
On his band's new self-titled recording, Pedrito Martinez offers a bit of homespun wisdom, urging his audience to live conscious lives and avoid arrogance.
The federal government has reversed course on plans to move an immigration agency to a Twin Cities location that would pose a hardship for people who depend on public transit.
A man who was punched in the head over the weekend while refereeing an adult-league soccer match died Tuesday, authorities and a longtime friend of the referee said.
The deal should boost Hormel's earnings, expand its distribution channels and provide products that appeal to younger people, said Brian Yarbrough, an analyst with the investment firm Edward Jones.
State finance officials announced today that they deposited $150 million into the state's budget reserve - strengthening Minnesota's budget standing in case of an economic downturn. The state's total budget reserve is $811 million.
Minnesota is poised for continued economic growth, though there is concern about its biofuels industry, the latest Creighton University economic index shows.
Win or go home. Do or die. Lose and you're done. Choose your sports cliche and for the United States team, it's true. The U.S. takes on Belgium at 4 p.m. ET today in Salvador, Brazil. It's the Americans' first game in the knockout stage. The victor moves on to the quarterfinals, and the loser books a flight home.
A federal grand jury indicted two men on charges they were part of a long-running scheme to defraud Delta Airlines.
Nearly two years after her husband died, a Massachusetts woman has received a letter saying that a Veterans Affairs hospital was ready to see him. Suzanne Chase's husband, Doug, was a Vietnam veteran who died of a brain tumor; the agency is apologizing over the mistake.
The book was recommended to her by Dr. Jon Hallberg.
MPR News' Euan Kerr previews "Third Person," the newest film from writer and director Paul Haggis.
This week's op-ed tackles Pope Francis' public image. Is it accurate, or is it a bunch of PR spin?
A closely watched Supreme Court ruling will likely set a precedent for Minnesota companies challenging the contraceptive coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen says the American public and the military are tired of war, but the US must stay engaged in the world, using both diplomatic and military strategies.
The claims of victory arrived almost immediately after the high court ruled Monday that some companies need not provide contraception to women as required by President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement. Yet there's a risk for the GOP in crowing too loudly.
With just two weeks before the deadline for a vote, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges wouldn't reveal her city's current position on the controversial plan for the Southwest Light Rail Corridor line to Eden Prairie.
The Ebola outbreak in three West African countries is already the deadliest to date with 635 cases and 367 fatalities, and is expected to be the longest on record, as some of the poorest countries in the world scramble to confront the fatal disease.
The quarantine affects Lake and Cook counties in far northeastern Minnesota. It took effect Tuesday.
The City Council voted to designate July 1 because it's also Somalia's Independence Day. The day highlights the achievements of the Somali-American community.
A St. Louis County commissioner, a supporter of a controversial copper mine, is at the center of a controversy for a history lesson he gave during a public hearing in Ely, the Duluth News Tribune reports today.
On Sunday, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria declared it was re-establishing a caliphate that will be headed by its shadowy leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi -- an Islamic state led by a supreme religious and political leader.
The American College of Physicians now says that it strongly recommends against annual pelvic exams for healthy, low-risk women. In fact, the intrusive exams may do more harm than good for women who aren't pregnant or don't have signs of problems, a group of doctors wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Facebook has allowed researchers both inside and outside the company to manipulate users' news feeds to hide good news or bad news to see whether it affected the emotions of those users themselves.
He certainly didn't want to be dealing with an influx of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the U.S. across the Southern border, overwhelming the Homeland Security Department's ability to deal with them during a critical midterm election year. Obama also presumably didn't want an immigration bill passed by the Senate a year ago to sit, forsaken, in the House. But that's happened too
When the Supreme Court ruled Monday that "closely held" corporations don't have to pay for workers' contraception, you may have assumed the decision applied only to family-owned businesses. Wrong. An estimated 9 out of 10 businesses are "closely held."
The federal government now says states must set goals for what special ed students are actually learning, which tends to be measured by standardized tests, and they should stick to "high expectations" and a "robust curriculum."
Anyone who wants to be become a police officer in Minnesota will find it a good time to look for work.

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