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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
Background checks on people who want to buy firearms at gun shows wouldn't prevent all of the nearly three dozen murders a day in America or the 10 mass shootings a year, the husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Tuesday. (07/02/2013)
NASA is sending the reliable Galaxy Evolution Explorer into a retirement that will end with a fiery re-entry into Earth's atmosphere in about 65 years. (07/02/2013)
A somewhat overexposed billboard designed to get people talking about colon health has been censored by the agency that put it up. (07/02/2013)
State Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen is considering a gubernatorial. Ingebrigtsen, who was first elected to the Senate in 2006, says he is willing to work with lawmakers from both parties that approach would make him a solid candidate.
The state's new health insurance exchange, MNsure, won't be affected by the Obama administration's decision today to delay a key employer mandate under the federal health care law, Minnesota officials.
A Hennepin County judge is allowing part of a lawsuit filed by the family of a victim of the shooting at Accent Signage Systems to go forward.
Last week's discussion about wellness visits prompted some questions about how things actually work in medical clinics, and following up on how to make the most of wellness visits.
The state's labor unions had a big year at the Capitol. New state employee contracts, labor peace deals, unemployment aid for locked out workers and bills that let day care providers unionize all passed into law.
A new study shows that aggressive management of hypertension can help more patients maintain proper control of their blood pressure.
The Obama administration says it's delaying a major part of the president's health care overhaul law, the requirement that medium and large companies offer coverage.
The president of Totino-Grace High School has resigned saying he is in a committed same-sex relationship.
To hear Johnny Depp tell it, his portrayal of Tonto is righting a historic wrong.
A Minneapolis Christian congregation that's over 150 years old is worshiping at one of the city's most-established synagogues this summer.
In celebration of Independence Day, Kerri Miller and Stephanie Cutis discuss the portrayal of U.S. presidents in movies.
On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle at Gettysburg, Richard Moe speaks to a sold-out Minnesota Historical Society event about his book, "The Last Full Measure: The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers."
A group of Winona County residents is challenging the county board's decision to approve a frac sand mine.
Talking to teens about healthy eating is the best way to address obesity, says a new study from the University of Minnesota.
Thousands of Minnesota's military families know what it's like: birthdays missed, family trips delayed and childhoods changed because dad or mom is deployed overseas.
A new report on the state of the nation's highways shows improvement across much of the country, but not in Minnesota.
The owners of a facility used to load frac sand into rail cars are suing the city of Wabasha.
Overdose deaths in the U.S. are rising fastest among middle-aged women, and their drug of choice is usually prescription painkillers, the government reported Tuesday.
Disaster recovery experts with the state say the cleanup costs could exceed the $7.26 million minimum to be considered for federal funding.
The largest health care system in Duluth is phasing out the sale of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, following a growing trend across the region.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden reports his campaign has raised more than $700,000 in its first month as he attempts to unseat one-term DFLer Al Franken.
With help from a WikiLeaks lawyer, the young American who admits he leaked information about National Security Agency surveillance programs has now asked more than 20 nations to give him asylum.
Minneapolis police are investigating the death of a 9-year-old boy who was found hanging from a clothesline last week.
The Arizona wildfire that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters continues to burn, and it comes on the heels of a record-setting wildfire season. As wildfires grow increasingly destructive, should we rethink our approach?
Safety officials are reminding Minnesotans to be careful around fireworks this Fourth of July holiday week. "Even the things we consider to be no big deal are really dangerous," one fire prevention educator says.
The number of abortions performed in Minnesota each year continues to drop, shows a report released Monday from the Minnesota Department of Health.
The latest crop report shows that Minnesota corn fields made good progress last week, but growth is still more than a week behind schedule.
150 years ago today, a regiment of soldiers from Minnesota played a pivotal role in the Battle of Gettysburg. Historian Richard Moe, author of "The Last Full Measure: the Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers," discussed the battle with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
Real estate data provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that home prices rose from a year ago in 48 states. They fell only in Delaware and Alabama. And all but three of the 100 largest cities reported price gains.
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority on Monday approved negotiations with Ryan Companies for new parking ramps and skyway bridges associated with the new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
We turned to Tricia Grimes, policy analyst at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Here's a simple FAQ with what you need to know.
The interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans doubled from 3.4 percent Monday and could stay doubled unless Congress fulfills its pledge to restore lower rates when it returns from the Fourth of July holiday.
Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, based in Prescott, Ariz., were killed Sunday when a windblown wildfire overcame them north of Phoenix. Fourteen of the victims were in their 20s. Here are the stories of some of those who died.
More than 1,000 people turned out Monday to a Prescott university gym to honor the bravery and sacrifice of 19 "Hotshot" firefighters who died battling Arizona's Yarnell Fire.
Months after Superstorm Sandy swamped her little island, the Statue of Liberty will finally welcome visitors again on Independence Day.
San Francisco Bay area commuters sweated in crowded buses, shivered on loaded ferries or inched through crowded freeway traffic on Monday after hundreds of train workers demanding higher wages went on strike and the region's heavily used rail system ground to a halt.
State troopers lined the halls of the Texas Capitol, and 5,000 protesters rallied outside against proposed abortion legislation, as lawmakers convened Monday for a second special session that Republican leaders pledged wouldn't descend into chaos like the first.
Lego Friends turned out to be one of the biggest successes in Lego's history. The line doubled sales expectations in 2012, the year it launched. Sales to girls tripled in just that year.
It's not that firefighters are never afraid, but they have too many other things to worry about to give in to fear. Especially the elite wildland crews known as hotshots.
President Barack Obama brushed aside sharp European criticism on Monday, suggesting that all nations spy on each other as the French and Germans expressed outrage over alleged U.S. eavesdropping on European Union diplomats.
As more victims of clergy sex abuse came forward, then-Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan oversaw a plan to pay some abusers to leave the priesthood after writing to Vatican officials with increasing frustration and concern, warning them about the potential for scandal if they did not defrock problem priests, according to documents released Monday.

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