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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

South Florida-based Spirit Airlines is known for being cheap. That thrift carries over to Spirit's advertising. (09/03/2013)
About 200 protesters opposed to U.S military action in Syria picketed U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office in Minneapolis on Tuesday afternoon. (09/03/2013)
Campaign finance reports released Tuesday show that Dan Cohen and Mark Andrew lead the fundraising in the Minneapolis mayoral race. (09/03/2013)
A Senate resolution today rules out the use of U.S. combat troops against Syria for a suspected chemical weapons attack., and set a deadline for any action.
With the start of school, parents have to make sure their children's vaccines are up to date.
Minneapolis this week will begin removing stumps and repairing concrete walkways that were damaged during a June storm. City officials say they hope to have the work done by the first of November.
A meeting between the Wyoming chapter of the NAACP and an organizer for the Ku Klux Klan is believed to be the first of its kind. KKK organizer John Abarr, from Great Falls, Mont., filled out an NAACP membership form and made a $20 donation, but said he did not ask anybody at the meeting if they would like to join the KKK.
Microsoft will acquire Nokia in what represents a daring $7.2 billion attempt by both companies to catch up with a mobile computing revolution that threatens to leave them in the technological dust.
Google, known for nick-naming its Android mobile operating system, has for the first time chosen a brand-name candy for its 4.4 version that's expected to launch this fall: Kit Kat.
Rep. Collin Peterson is the latest Minnesotan politician to oppose a military strike against Syria. Peterson said Tuesday he opposes any intervention in Syria after an alleged chemical weapons attack by that country's government forces on rebels and civilians.
According to a new report paid for by The Minnesota Orchestra, the ensemble is in precarious financial shape.
The State of Minnesota is moving ahead with a plan to wind down the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, a program that helped people with pre-existing conditions get insurance. Participants will be encouraged to find coverage either through MNsure, the state's online insurance market, or on the individual market through a broker.
Officers found 50-year-old Jeffery Thomas Elling, of St. Paul, dead at about 3 a.m. Sunday after receiving a report of shots fired.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is hitting the road to persuade same-sex couples from other states to come get married -- and spend money -- in his city.
Customer names, credit card numbers, phone numbers and other data were at "high risk of compromise" after Midwest Supplies LCC found malicious software on its servers.
A record number of people attended the Minnesota State Fair Sunday. And more Minnesotans visited the fair on Monday than any other Labor Day. Cool weather the last two days of the fair improved the fortunes of hundreds of fair vendors.
The 2013 Minnesota State Fair set new records for attendance. This chart shows attendance over the 12 days of the fair, ending on Labor Day.
Constance Hale aims to preserve the individual voice while getting the syntax right.
With students heading back to school, Stephanie and Kerri discuss movies about college for this week's Screen Time.
Does a welcoming learning environment post guards at the door?
Wages are at a record low share of the country's gross domestic product, and average hourly wages are dropping. What does this mean for the American worker and economic growth?
The City of Minneapolis has finished upgrading controllers that manage the flow of traffic in and out of downtown. The goal is to reduce commute times.
Award-winning author and teacher Jonathan Kozol, speaking at the College of St. Scholastica in June about education in America. He says we still have separate and unequal education, and only the highest level of free and equal public education will close the gap between races and classes in the United States.
More Americans -- 48 percent to 29 percent -- oppose than support conducting military airstrikes against Syria in response to reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons, the survey this afternoon from Pew Research says.
Author of "Zealot" says his role is to put figure of faith in a historical context.
The Creighton University business conditions index jumped to 59 in August from July's reading of 54. A score above 50 indicates economic expansion.
Jeffrey Lepsch has been sentenced to life in prison without release for the shooting deaths of a western Wisconsin photography store owner and his teenage son.
Health care advocates are calling into question rate information released by Gov. Scott Walker's administration showing dramatic price increases for insurance plans to be sold through the new marketplace established under the federal health care law.
Minnesota's state parks saw an overall decline in visitors this year, thanks to chilly, rainy weather that kept many people away at the start of the season.
Kerri's book pick this week is "Claire of the Sea Light" by Edwidge Danticat. Danticat will join Kerri at this season's launch of Talking Volumes on Sept. 25.
A massive wildfire burning around Yosemite National Park in California is now 75 percent contained.
The White House is working with congressional leaders to shape a resolution that authorizes the type of military action that would send a "clear message" to President Bashar Assad and cripple the Syrian leader's "capability to use chemical weapons not just now but in the future," President Obama said Tuesday.
While some school districts started school earlier, today marks the start of school for most around Minnesota. A number of traditions and new events make it memorable.
The "better late than never" summer of 2013 went out with a steamy bang last week...saving the hottest week of summer for the last week of August. The 4th hottest State fair ever? It looks like that's where we land pending confirmation from the Minnesota Climate Working Group. Now it appears the summer of 2013 is not ready to give up just yet.
Since Minnesota became the 12th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage, at least 1,640 same-sex couples applied to be married. Counties aren't required to report such data to the state, so the AP built a database through calls to all 87 counties.
For a year and a half now, Morning Edition has been following the singer-songwriter Neko Case as she worked on an album that would come to be titled "The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You."
U.S. home prices jumped 12.4 percent in July from a year earlier, reflecting a housing market that's increasingly favoring sellers amid a tight supply of available homes for sale.
The 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion) deal announced late Monday marks a major step in Microsoft's push to transform itself from a software maker focused on making operating systems and applications for desktop and laptop computers into a more versatile and nimble company.
Same-sex couples received nearly 1 in 3 marriage licenses issued in Minnesota since they were allowed to wed, The Associated Press found in a statewide survey of the first month's impact of the new gay marriage law.
Diana Nyad, who swam in 53 hours from Cuba to Key West at the age of 64 because (a) she could and (b) she's had a long-standing dream to. But there's a story behind her ocean swimming, which she told Out Magazine last year.
Legislative Auditor James Nobles is asking Minnesota lawmakers to revisit a 2012 report that proposed improvements in the way the state provides disaster assistance.
The Minnesota Agriculture Department holds the first of six public meetings this week on it's new nitrogen fertilizer management plan for state farmers. The plan's goal is to prevent or minimize the impact of nitrogen fertilizer on drinking water.
Lake home real estate is growing strong for a second year in a row after sales stagnated during the recession, according to real estate agents across northern Minnesota.
The elderly are prime targets for financial scams. The nation's older citizens are duped out of billions of dollars a year. But law enforcement agencies, advocacy groups and bankers in Minnesota are trying to educate seniors about how to detect and avoid scams that can cost them much or all of their savings.
Compared to last year's massive pertussis outbreak, it's shaping up to be a quieter year for the bacterial infection. But public health officials are concerned the return to school could mean an upsurge in new cases of an infection, even as they try to figure out why it's hitting Minnesota harder than usual.
Hussein Samatar became the first Somali-American elected to public office in Minnesota when he won a seat on the school board three years ago, providing a strong voice for immigrant families and children. The 45-year-old died last week of complications from leukemia.
A Minnesota Republican Rep. John Kline is leaning toward giving President Obama authority to launch a military strike against Syria.

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