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Friday, July 18, 2014

The crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine holds many important clues about what happened to the plane. But that site is under the control of pro-Russian separatists who are suspected of involvement in shooting the plane down. (07/18/2014)
Silver carp
The Minnesota DNR has found invasive carp farther upstream in the Mississippi than the fish has previously been encountered. (07/18/2014)
Worried about your teenager dropping out of school? You might also want to worry about his teacher. A new report says about half a million U.S. teachers either move or leave the profession each year. (07/18/2014)
When Rob Rhinehart first created Soylent -- a powdered, synthetic food product made of industrial nutrients and oils -- he was a San Francisco techie trying to sustain himself cheaply without the inconveniences of grocery shopping, cooking or even eating.
Despite opposition from privacy advocates, state lawmakers and Gov. Dayton this year enacted legislation that overhauls Minnesota's criminal background check system for a variety of care givers.
Mortenson Construction just released this animation showing how the construction of the new Vikings stadium will proceed. The $1 billion, 65,000 seat stadium is scheduled to open its doors to fans by July 15, 2016.
Despite a record wettest June that kept Minnesotans hunkered down at home, state figures show that more people than ever are getting outdoors to take advantage of Minnesota's state parks.
Some 645,000 visitors came through the doors in fiscal 2014, just short of the attendance record set the year before, President Kaywin Feldman told the organization's annual meeting Thursday.
US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx will speak about increasing U.S. transportation infrastructure spending at a National Press Club luncheon on Monday July 21. Foxx is a former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina who became transportation secretary last year.
Aaron J. Brown writes on his Minnesota Brown blog today that a crowdstarter campaign has kicked off to reopen Zimmy's, the Hibbing night spot and restaurant that closed abruptly last spring.
Fixing the 70-year-old bridge will benefit Minnesota and Wisconsin along the river corridor, said Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle.
Most teachers get benefits now through their union contracts. But figuring out which newly eligible employees meet that 30-hour-per-week threshold is difficult because so many work part-time nine months out of the year.
Many clinics closed because of a requirement that doctors at those clinics obtain hospital admitting privileges within a certain radius of the clinic, and many doctors couldn't comply. The requirement took effect last November. This week marks the first anniversary of the state law that started it all.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined The Daily Circuit to respond to President Obama's statement on the crisis in Ukraine and discuss her new book, "Hard Choices."
Most of those arrested have been charged with selling drugs --- all felony offenses. They range from low-level felony of fifth-degree sale, up to first-degree sale.
The cold, wet spring delayed the growing season, but the Minnesota Grown program says consumers can expect a variety of berries ready to be picked and enjoyed throughout the state this month.
As the water recedes, some residents are asking why it took weeks to get the barriers and pumps in place. Others wonder about the scale of development around Prior Lake given the flooding.
The identification is based on personal effects found nearby, but a fuller investigation is ongoing, Snelling said. It appears that the two succumbed to bad weather, and foul play is not suspected.
Today's Morning Edition music is from Martha Reeves and the Vandellas with "Dancing in the Street." It was chosen today in honor of Reeves' 73rd birthday.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly close to making a major trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune.
Can we find more meaning with less? Authors of theminimalists.com chime in.
We look at the challenges facing small, local airports. Do they have a future?
African Americans are imprisoned at six times the rate of whites. Our Roundtable will discuss the reasons the rate is so high, plus its effect on the black community.
This week's Friday festival brings us to Black River Falls, Wis. to celebrate the Karner blue butterfly.
Why do we say sorry - and what do we really mean by it? Mike Williams explores the apology, from ancient Greece to today's penitent politicians.
The weekend forecast looks like classic summer -- perfect weather to enjoy a festival or two.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a 48 hour period earlier this week when there were record cold temperatures in Minnesota.
New research from the Mayo Clinic suggests a new protein is linked to Alzheimer's Disease. The discovery could mark a major step forward in understanding and treating the most common form of dementia.
Damian McManus and his 18-year-old son Evan, of St. Louis Park, disappeared on a spring break hiking trip near Mt. Evans three months ago.
In a career that stretched back to the 1940s, Stritch did it all: theater, TV, movies. She was nominated for several Tony Awards and won three Emmys.
The Hennepin County attorney's office says Delonte Ahshone Thomas of Minneapolis has been arrested in connection with the July 9 shooting in which three women were shot 25 times.
Regions Hospital has started a new program called HeroCare for Veterans, which will coordinate care with the U.S. military and the Veterans Administration.
Weather permitting, construction on the $150 million to $175 million project will begin next week.
"In 2008, the U.S. economy collided with two historic forces. The first force was the Great Recession," the report said. And the second was "the demographic inflection point" when the oldest boomers, born in 1946, became eligible for Social Security early-retirement benefits.
These invisible calories could help out the 1 in 6 Americans who don't get enough to eat each day, just as easily as the meatballs themselves. And when you add them all up, these hidden calories are enough to help the world feed a rapidly rising population, ecologists report Thursday in the journal Science.
They are early stories, written while Leonard worked as a copywriter at a Detroit ad agency.
These lapses, occurring in some of the nation's top government-run facilities, left many to wonder whether the CDC, which is charged with protecting the public from natural and man-made health threats, is capable of shielding Americans from the risks posed by its own research.
What do you do if you're a trash hauler with customers who don't pay their bills? In Red Wing, you give them some trash back.
Israel's first major ground offensive in Gaza in just over five years came as Egyptian cease-fire efforts stalled. Earlier this week, Israel accepted Cairo's offer to halt hostilities, but Hamas refused, demanding that Israel and Egypt first give guarantees to ease the blockade on Gaza.
The passenger jet had nearly 300 people on board; none survived. The plane had not sent a distress signal. It reportedly came apart at cruising altitude, with its wreckage landing in territory held by pro-Russian insurgents. It's widely suspected that a surface-to-air missile brought it down.

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