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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A driver behind the controls of a Green Line train
He's open to giving Green Line drivers more power over traffic lights. (07/23/2014)
Piping Mississippi River water into White Bear Lake would cost about $50 million upfront, but it's not certain the move would restore the lake's water levels, according to a new report from the Metropolitan Council. (07/23/2014)
All Star Game signs in downtown Minneapolis
A document released by the city of Minneapolis shows the city provided free rent worth more than $250,000 for Major League Baseball's FanFest. (07/23/2014)
The documents are part of a massive lawsuit filed by a man who says he was sexually abused by the Rev. Thomas Adamson in the 1970s. The man has accused the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona of creating a public nuisance by keeping information on abusive priests secret.
Birders have been worried for more than a year about the mammoth glass and steel stadium and the potential for many birds to die hitting it. They've been pressing for project builders to use bird friendly designs.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew into Tel Aviv despite a Federal Aviation Administration ban following a Hamas rocket that hit near the airport the day before, reflecting his determination to achieve a cease-fire.
Ten years ago this week, the 9/11 Commission issued its influential report on the prevention of terrorist attacks. Former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean chaired the 9/11 Commission and was featured in an Aspen Ideas Festival panel to discuss how far we've come, or not come... and why. Also on the panel were former Congresswoman Jane Harmon, who is an intelligence expert and is now President of the Woodrow Wilson Center and Admiral Thad Allen, former commandant of the US Coast Guard. The members of the 9/11 Commission released a new report July 22, 2014 to reflect the altered but dangerous terrorist threat facing the nation. Ten years after the release of the commission's original report, with mounting threats from the resurgence and transformation of al Qaeda, Syria and a rapidly changing cyberspace, the commission's new report calls for a vigorous and proactive counterterrorism effort.
Many if not all dog owners are sure that their pets have feelings. And we've known for a while that animals exhibit behaviors that look like jealousy, guilt and shame.
Kluwe vowed last week to sue because he was unhappy with the team's resolution of his complaint against special teams coordinator Mike Priefer for alleged anti-gay slurs.
Michelle Larson was most recently the deputy director of the MDH Office of Statewide Health Improvement. She also previously worked for the MDH Office of Emergency Preparedness.
Hunters in northeast Minnesota will feel the greatest impact from a bucks-only season.
A DNR official said the state has successfully required DNR permits for numerous federal flood control projects that affect Minnesota rivers.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is asking the court to overturn a federal judge's decision declaring Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.
A base spokeswoman declined to provide further details, only saying that the lockdown was prompted by a suspicious person.
The ban applies only to U.S. operators, so airlines such as Israel's El Al can continue flying to the region.
The Somali terror group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the Wednesday killing in Mogadishu of a Somali lawmaker with Minneapolis ties.
Retailers that received the fruit include Costco and Trader Joe's.
Less than 24 hours later, Bachmann says the reporter misconstrued her remarks. In a post on her Facebook page, Bachmann explained she was challenging the premise of the reporter's story.
Stephen Parente of the Carlson School of Management joins The Daily Circuit to discuss the Affordable Care Act court decisions Tuesday.
Accident investigators have complained for decades that the cars are too easily punctured or ruptured, spilling their contents, when derailed.
State records show several flammable chemicals were on the property. The state Health Department and other agencies had monitored air quality in the area.
A young woman Tuesday testified that Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell touched her inappropriately and tried to convince her to have sex with him when she was 17.
Rachel Hutton, editor of Minnesota Monthly magazine, spoke to MPR News' Tom Crann about some of the unique restaurants along the route between the downtowns.
Today's Morning Edition music is from 35 years ago today. After taking power during the Iranian Revolution, the Ayatollah Khomeini banned Western music in Iran. That move inspired the Clash to write "Rock the Casbah."
Kerri Miller's conversation with novelist Elizabeth Gilbert about her newest work, "The Signature of All Things."
We look at the health of our state's medical technology companies, and how changing industry dynamics may have motivated the proposed Medtronic-Covidien merger.
Chef and author Dan Barber joins us to talk about his new book, "The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food."
What female on-screen character did you find inspiring?
For this week's Roaming and Reading, we take a cross-country trip with writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis and his moody labrador, Casey, in a rented RV.
He did not offer any specifics about the progress he cited in his third day of talks with Mideast leaders.
The Somali Islamic extremist militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack on Warsame, one of few women in Somalia's parliament and the first female legislator killed by the group.
In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, White House adviser Tony Blinken said "that needs to be the end result."
"The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it's going to be various men that are running," on the Republican side, she told Real Clear Politics. she said. "They haven't speculated, for instance, that I'm going to run. What if I decide to run? And there's a chance I could run."
Rosenfeld is among thousands of aging Americans taking part in home-sharing programs around the country that allow seniors to stay in their homes and save money while getting some much-needed companionship.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with John Keller, the executive director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota. He was at the meeting and talked about some of the hurdles specific to this immigrant group and why their situation is different from previous refugees who've settled here.
The report said all the people under quarantine were in good health, but that 10 checkpoints were still blocking off parts of the city of about 180,000.
In a deal with prosecutors, two other charges, second-degree assault and felon in possession of a firearm, were dropped.
The case went to the jurors midday Tuesday. They will resume deliberations Wednesday.
The information comes as an update into the inquiry of how the commercial flight was shot down with nearly 300 people aboard. The U.S. has laid the blame at the feet of the separatists -- and criticized Russia for supporting them.
Amid another day of fighting, Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Tel Aviv on Wednesday and began a whirlwind session of shuttle diplomacy.
Kids who play lacrosse will tell you there's lots of action. Now, there's an analysis of injuries sustained by high school lacrosse players that quantifies the risks.
About 30 percent "misperceived" their weight status (underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese), according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.
A Minneapolis man and his two kids were thrown off a Southwest Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday because he tweeted his displeasure that the two kids weren't allowed to "priority board" with him.
"Anybody who possesses a scintilla of good taste (and/or decency) is against the Washington football team using its longtime nickname," NPR's Frank Deford writes. "The one person who is most adamant about keeping the name is Daniel Snyder, who owns the Washington football franchise, and who appears to be either especially stubborn, or insensitive or both."
Two U.S. Court of Appeals panels issued conflicting decisions on an issue with the potential to gut the health care overhaul. The two rulings could lead to another U.S. Supreme Court showdown over the controversial law, all because of what one of the law's opponents initially called "a glitch."
Fire officials are not sure what caused the fire that first started around midnight Monday. State records show several flammable chemicals were on the company's property.
The Anoka County Sheriff's Office says officers responded to a report Tuesday that a Coon Rapids man was suicidal and had left his home with a loaded handgun. They located the man's vehicle in Coon Rapids and tried to stop it
"Going to college has long been a way for people to try to make a better life for themselves. The schools exploited this dream for some students, who are now saddled with debt," said Attorney General Swanson, in a statement.
Mark Zup, owner of Zup's Fishing Resort and Canoe Outfitters on Lac La Croix Lake got a call around 3 a.m. Tuesday that two campers had been hit by downed trees in the BWCA. At first light, he jumped in a boat.

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