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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Danger sign at the train track
Minnesota law requires railroads to "build and maintain good and substantial fences on each side of all lines of its railroad." There was no fence guarding the tracks where 9-year-old Marshawn Farr-Robinson had his feet severed under a train. (09/04/2013)
Bob Corker
How would the U.S. punish Syria for a ghastly chemical weapons attack without getting drawn into another war? (09/04/2013)
Drug abuse prevention groups asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday how it will know whether its acceptance of recreational marijuana laws in Washington and Colorado affects public health. (09/04/2013)
The Obama administration said will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages. Attorney General Eric Holder says that provision in federal law defining the word "spouse" leaves out legally married same-sex couples, and runs afoul of a June Supreme Court ruling.
While they're not calling him a suspect, authorites say they're looking for Andrew Joseph Dikken, 28, in connection with the fatal shooting of Kara Ann Monson, 26, on Monday.
National Wildlife Federation reports that climate change affects fish and their habitats around the country, and calls for better efforts to restore and expand key habitats and resource management.
Nienstedt says Minnesota's Bishops support a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally.
Minnesota's sex offender program detains offenders indefinitely after they've served their prison sentences because county judges thought they were at high risk to re-offend. The program currently holds about 680 people.
After some delays, Xcel Energy's Sherco coal plant is almost back online. The plant was damaged in 2011 and repairs were supposed to be completed in March of this year.
Beth Dooley shares her tips and recipes for making the season's bounty last all year round through pickling and freezing.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission decided Wednesday that a comprehensive study is needed for the second phase of the proposed Enbridge Energy pipeline expansion.
Jim Hagedorn joins fellow Republicans State Rep. Mike Benson and Aaron Miller in the race for the GOP endorsement to run against DFL U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in the 1st Congressional District.
Rochester Medical, a company that makes catheters and other products for home treatment of male urinary incontinence, has been purchased by New Jersey company C.R. Bard.
Job openings are up 15 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a survey from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
Harvard researcher Teresa Amabile says workplace meetings, too many emails and busywork can zap the creative energy that businesses need to innovate. What if your workplace set aside time every day for you to do less and think more?
An advisory panel for the Southwest Corridor light rail project has decided to abandon a proposal to build a deep tunnel in Minneapolis. Eliminating the deep tunnel allows planners to focus on the two remaining options: building a less expensive shallow light rail tunnel or re-routing freight rail traffic through St. Louis Park.
A New Mexico District Court judge has ruled that a clerk in Los Alamos County is required to issue marriage license to any two people, regardless of gender.
If he decides to go, "that is his decision," CEO says.
Samsung has unveiled a new smartwatch called the Galaxy Gear. Some technology analysts believe this could be the next must-have gadget.
Mexico's president is demanding that the United States investigate allegations that the U.S. monitored President Pena Nieto's communications before he was elected.
After nearly being wiped out, inadvertently, by strong insecticides that were in widespread use until the 1970s, bald eagles have come roaring back. But now competition for nests and mates is fierce.
A new documentary from American RadioWorks explores the practice and promise of individualized learning, through traditional tutors and new computer programs. It's called "One Child at a Time: Custom Learning in the Digital Age."
Former Republican U.S. Sen. Rod Grams has entered hospice care after battling cancer.
While the U.S. continues to spend more time prepping kids for standardized testing, Finland has one of the most successful public education systems on the planet, partly because it sends kids out for an hour of play no matter what the weather.
Minnesota's congressional delegation is split over the Syria issue. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., sits on the House Armed Services Committee and served 25 years in the Marine Corps. He discussed his position with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
The Dorothy Molter Museum in Ely, Minn., celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, telling the story of the last full time resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. For more than half a century the "Root Beer Lady," as she became known, defied the government to live alone on an island, 15 miles from the nearest road.
The Dorothy Molter Museum in Ely celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, telling the story of the last, full-time resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Above, paddles left for Dorothy by visitors to her cabins on Knife Lake.
The University of Minnesota's Center for Farm Financial Management analyzed economic data from about three dozen organic farms around the state. They showed a median net income for 2012 of just over $85,000, more than double the $38,000 organic farms earned the year before.
Amid all the discussion about whether Zygi Wilf and his fellow Vikings owners can afford to pay for a new stadium, there hasn't been much said about what he may actually have to pay. It might surprise you. Here's a closer look at the stadium deal in Minnesota.
Ariel Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, located south of Columbus in central Ohio. He was serving a life prison term for kidnapping three women and repeatedly raping them in his home for nearly a decade.
All over the country, lawyers who defend poor people in criminal cases have been sharing their stories about painful budget cuts. But an unprecedented recent court filing from the Justice Department has cheered the typically overburdened attorneys who represent the poor and could have dramatic implications for the representation of indigent defendants.
A researcher's observation of poor populations found that as people grew richer, they became more individualistic. Community ties frayed and weakened. A new study makes the argument that the same thing has happened in the U.S. over a longer period.
From gross to gourmet. That pretty much sums up civet poop coffee. Experts suspect that much of what's sold as civet coffee on the market is actually either fake or made from low-grade beans. But a test has been developed that can tell.
The U.S. Air Force has shut down the radar system that tracks thousands of objects orbiting Earth. It had been in operation since 1961.

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