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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt defended his decisions on several abuse cases, but said he was caught off guard with the immensity of recent news reports about his actions. "I, in a sense, didn't see the forest for the trees," he said. (07/30/2014)
Police have captured the suspect they sought in the killing early today of Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick. (07/30/2014)
We're in a sweet spot -- growing at a decent rate with good reason for optimism. (07/30/2014)
The Israel Defense Forces declared a four-hour humanitarian cease-fire on Wednesday. But the army said it did not apply where soldiers were already engaged and that residents who had evacuated should not return to those areas.
The vote to sue Obama was 225 to 201. Five Republicans voted with the Democrats in opposing the lawsuit. No Democrats voted for it.
David Brooks and Katie Couric in conversation at this summer's Aspen Ideas Festival. They chose the title "Love and Life in General" for their wide-ranging discussion. David Brooks says he's a moderate, but he's not in the middle...because both sides have a piece of the truth and politics is always full of contradictions and paradoxes. Brooks and Couric covered everything from the culture wars and parenting, to the moral ecology of different parts of the United States, and political leadership.
Houston County gave the Erickson Mine permission to start mining silica sand, but a 2013 law requires a DNR permit for mines if they are located near trout streams within an area known as the Paleozoic Plateau.
In a column posted to the archdiocese's website, Nienstedt wrote: "I will continue to listen to those who express concerns about my leadership, but I will also continue serving as I have been called to do."
We get the latest on solitary confinement in Wisconsin, Minnesota and nationwide.
Financial guru Ruth Hayden joins The Daily Circuit to talk about how to manage your money-induced stress.
We discuss what we know - and don't know - about what climate change means for the number and intensity of wildfires in the U.S.
More than 3 million American kids are taking drugs for ADHD. There were only 600,000 children on those drugs 24 years ago.
In a study of 6,500 people published this week, adults with a midlife history of drinking problems were more than twice as likely as those without alcohol problems to suffer severe memory impairment decades later.
Circus Juventas is now moving on to the next option, which includes a smaller renovation of the main building, and then possibly in five to 10 years establishing a second site in the Twin Cities for classes and performances.
Today's debate is the first time in a month that the four candidates -- Marty Seifert, Kurt Zellers, Scott Honour and Jeff Johnson -- are being featured in a public forum or debate. It also comes one day after campaign finance reports were released.
DFL lawmakers on Wednesday proposed making it illegal for an employer to deny contraceptive coverage to employees if their health plan covers prescription drugs.
"The passage will be removed," HarperCollins spokeswoman Erin Crum told The Associated Press in an email. The publisher did not immediately respond to follow-up questions about how and when it would delete the passage.
Antonio Navarro and the three other men are accused of kidnapping and torturing two Minneapolis teens they suspected of stealing drugs and money from the house in a quiet St. Paul neighborhood.
District Judge Gerald Wolf on Monday threw out four charges of attempted first-degree murder against LaDue, concluding that prosecutors failed to show the teen made a "substantial step, beyond mere preparation" toward committing the crimes.
The author of "Scoop" joined MPR's Tom Crann to talk about the intersection of ice cream and life.
Today's Morning Edition music is from 40 years ago this week when "Annie's Song" by John Denver was No. 1 on the pop charts.
John LaDue, 17, was once charged with planning to kill his family and bomb his school, but a judge has dismissed the most serious of those charges. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with reporter Elizabeth Baier about the community's reaction after the judge's order.
In Vergara v. California, lawyers for the plaintiffs argued that the state's teacher tenure system hurts poor, minority students because they are more likely to end up with "grossly ineffective" teachers.
The Senate confirmed Robert A. McDonald as the new secretary of veterans affairs Tuesday in the midst of a scandal over how long veterans wait to receive health care in some parts of the country.
The nearly century old pipe burst under nearby Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon, sending water 30 feet into the air, opening a 15-foot hole in the street and inundating part of the campus.
Jurors awarded Jesse Ventura about $1.8 million yesterday in his defamation lawsuit against author Chris Kyle. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with David Schultz about the verdict. Schultz teaches law and political science at Hamline University.
The recall covers 883,000 cars from the 2011 through 2014 model years.
Brayden Selzler, of Velva, reeled in a 4-pound, 12-ounce goldeye from Lake Audubon on Friday.
Civil rights attorneys say a significant number of tenants in the subsidized apartments could be minorities. Lawyer Randolph McLaughlin says that makes the building's design more than disgraceful -- but possibly illegal.
Scientists are trying to raise bluefin tuna completely in captivity in only a few places around the world.
As many as 19 people were killed when a shell struck a school run by the United Nations in Gaza, this morning.
It is the power of football today that begs for a leader with greater perspective and sensitivity, commentator Deford says.
The federal highway trust fund has been running short for years. If Congress does not approve new legislation this week, the feds will have to reduce promised payments to states by Aug. 1.
It may seem crazy, to move an entire highway to the sake of a mine, but it's not as unusual as it sounds. On the Iron Range, there's a long history of moving roads — and entire towns — to make way for mining.
The state minimum wage will increase Friday to $8.00 an hour for large Minnesota employers. That's the first of three increases scheduled to roll out by August 2016.
Four Republican candidates for governor meet at the MPR News studios to discuss the important issues facing the state and to make their case to the voters ahead of the primaries on August 12. MPR News political editor Mike Mulcahy moderates.

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