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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The proposal approved Wednesday allows voters to decide whether to raise filing fees for city offices. (07/02/2014)
Minnesota's Department of Human Services failed to send 16,000 notices to Minnesotans whose Medical Assistance applications are pending through MNsure, the state's online insurance marketplace. (07/02/2014)
It's part of a move to close 82 centers nationwide to save $750 million a year. The Minnesota locations are in Bemidji, Duluth, Mankato and Waite Park. The work will be consolidated in Minneapolis and St. Paul. (07/02/2014)
Data collected from 34 sites across North America allowed researchers to quantify the decline in frog populations for the first time. They found that between 2002 and 2011 all frog populations were down nearly four percent.
Flooding has shifted some of the festivities this year, but Independence Day is expected to go off with a bang this year across Minnesota.
Unemployment is low across the upper Midwest and should drop further, Minnesota State Economist Laura Kalambokidis said. Demand for workers in neighboring Iowa and North Dakota is also helping to keep the Twin Cities unemployment rate down, she added.
The city has until July 14 to vote on the project and has yet to schedule a hearing. It has been negotiating with the Metropolitan Council behind closed doors for the last two months. The parties have revealed little about the status of those talks.
Communities are better designed for flooding now than in decades past -- homes moved, levees built and redesigned landscapes are helping to reduce flood damage.
The man says he was barely 13 when the Rev. Alphonsus Ferguson first assaulted him. An attorney for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said the church has no record of complaints against Ferguson during his time at Guardian Angels Church in Hastings.
It's a pretty slow time of the year for news so the chances are good you're going to hear or read a story about rising gas prices over the July 4th holiday.
A Minneapolis public school teacher is accused of stalking a female student and trying to get her to have a sexual relationship with him.
Garrison Keillor, speaking May 1, 2014 at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul to launch the publication of his new book, "The Keillor Reader." The 40th anniversary of A Prairie Home Companion is marked this July 4 holiday weekend with events and shows at Macalester College.
A bipartisan privacy board that was appointed by President Obama following the disclosures made by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has released a report (pdf) that says the security agency's Internet spying is legal and constitutional.
Advocates on both sides of the abortion debate said the lower number reflects their efforts to help women.
To Dr. Alan Johns, a personal connection -- between doctor and patient, student and teacher, even janitor and patient -- is essential to good health care. The incoming interim dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School's Duluth campus worries that as family medicine takes a backseat to specialties like cardiology and orthopedics, which are more lucrative, patients lose out.
If you've ever eaten sauerkraut, sipped kvass, or enjoyed kimchi, you've enjoyed the fruits of lacto-fermentation, the oldest form of food preservation.
A propane tank on a food truck in Philadelphia exploded into a fireball, critically injuring a mother and daughter and sending at least nine others to the hospital, police said.
But how does $32 million compare to other weather-related disasters experienced in Minnesota in recent years? Here are some of the more notable disasters and their infrastructure price tags.
Howard's performance emerged as a brilliant star turn in a tense game that saw Belgium's lauded young stars make repeated runs at the U.S. net, streaking past American defenders. They sent the ball high and low - and for more than 90 minutes, Howard turned them all away.
Authorities believe Christopher Weber of Madison, South Dakota, was distracted by his cellphone.
Target is asking its customers to not bring firearms into its stores, even where it is allowed by law.
One of the show's regular guests, pianist Butch Thompson, has been there since the second broadcast.
Wednesday's Morning Edition music features the busy hands of Cuban-American Pedrito Martinez, who has been called one of the world's best conga players.
Rochester is considering a ban on certain kinds of panhandling, making it illegal to beg for money aggressively. Sitting with a sign that says you need money? That's protected speech. But blocking someone's path or touching someone to ask for money isn't.
After years of refusing to act, the U.S. military has decided to disinter the possible grave of Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder, a POW from World War II who is buried anonymously in an American war cemetery in the Philippines.
This political primary season has seen an unprecedented use of guns to get votes. Republican hopefuls across the country are appearing in political ads firing guns and holding political events around firearms.
MnDOT says it will reopen both directions of traffic spanning the St. Croix River at 4 p.m., allowing drivers to once again connect between Minnesota and Wisconsin through Minnesota Highway 36 and Wisconsin Highway 64. The bridge has been closed to pedestrian, vehicle and water traffic.
Essentially, the FTC claims that T-Mobile knew that its customers never ordered text message subscriptions for things like "flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip," but it still continued to charge them $9.99 a month for the service.
Emergency responders came to the scene and tried to throw a rope with a flotation device toward the man, without success. They saw him go under the water and had yet to find him, as of Tuesday evening.
The Minneapolis man, pulled to safety by the superhuman strength of a Woodbury man, got a chance to meet each other again.
So, it's that season again: time to grab a book and lounge by the pool or the lake or on the roof of your apartment. Not a big book with equations, not a book about economics or political science. No, it's summer and that means it's time to read books about important stuff like spaceship battles, alien worlds and robots.
What's the most popular seafood in the U.S.? Shrimp. The average American eats more shrimp per capita than tuna and salmon combined. Most of that shrimp comes from Asia, and most of the salmon we eat is also imported. In fact, 91 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad, but one-third of the seafood Americans catch gets sold to other countries.
At a time when Congressional approval ratings are at rock bottom, the House Ethics Committee quietly made it harder to track privately financed trips by members of Congress.
Gay marriage advocates nationwide heralded the ruling striking down deeply conservative Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage as a significant milestone, though matrimonies won't begin in earnest there anytime soon.
St. Paul police say a father is under arrest after he wrecked a van, then left his injured children behind as he fled the scene.
The Winona County sheriff plans this week to auction four horses that were seized in February.
A police standoff in Appleton has ended with two officers, a police dog and the fugitive falling through an attic floor.
State officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging North Dakota's constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage.
Here we are approaching the heart of the summer season and temperatures are more like back to school weather. But a warming trend has been ordered up and is on its way.
In Valley City, N.D., the Vault is getting its share of national exposure this week because it doesn't have a barista. It doesn't have any employees. It operates on the honor system, the Fargo Forum reports. The attention started with a single TV report a week ago.
Fake blood-makers rejoice! The Zombie Pub Crawl is back. This October will mark the 10th time that drunk people dressed as zombies have taken to the streets of Minneapolis. But some changes are afoot for the city's annual infestation of walking dead.
Archbishop John Nienstedt, who has led the archdiocese's response to the clergy sexual abuse scandal for nearly a year, confirmed in a statement Tuesday that he ordered a private investigation into unspecified allegations against himself.
This weekend marks the anniversary of one of pro sports' most poignant moments: Baseball great Lou Gehrig, standing before microphones near home plate at Yankee Stadium as a standing-room only crowd honored him as one of the most famous players of his time -- shortly after he was diagnosed with ALS. The anniversary offers an opportunity to take stock of where research and treatments for the disease may be headed.

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