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Friday, September 6, 2013

Weekend festivals across Minnesota include the 31st annual Prairie Pothole Day, a celebration of the outdoors and education about the small bodies of water and marsh along the prairie. (09/06/2013)
Unchained protest
Around 100 people protested outside a fundraiser in Minneapolis tonight calling for an end to the Minnesota Orchestra lockout. The fundraiser brought in $200,000 for musicians' salaries after the 11-month dispute is settled. (09/06/2013)
An unmanned NASA rocket is scheduled to blast off late Friday night from with a robotic explorer that will study the lunar atmosphere and dust. (09/06/2013)
Crews have started demolishing the former Verso Paper mill that was destroyed in an explosion and fire last year.
It's been a strange summer this year, but at least we're getting a little payback for the "missing spring" of 2013. Now if we can just get a little rain.
In Nigeria, at least 85,000 Lagosians live in Makoko, a neighborhood between the mainland and the posh Victoria Island. They still make their living from fishing, much as their ancestors did. But Lagos authorities are trying to evict residents from the area, citing health concerns among other reasons.
A two-month old boy who was shot in the neck Thursday night inside a north Minneapolis home is in critical but stable condition. Police are searching for the baby's teenage uncle who they say accidentally fired the shot before fleeing the scene.
A Minnesota man has been sentenced to 30 years in an Illinois prison for a decades-old cold case killing.
The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has canceled its moose hunt for this fall, a decision that came after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources initiated a legal process to try stop the hunt.
Police say the man who shot his wife's co-worker before turning the gun on himself in Roseville may have been motivated by a suspected extramarital affair.
The federal health care law divides health plans to be sold on health insurance exchanges such as MNsure into four categories, which named after metals: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum.
Facing parent scrutiny and the possibility of litigation related to the field trip and the landslide, field trip permission slips from Peter Hobart Elementary School look much different that they did last year.
When U.S. Rep. Tim Walz met with constituents to hear opinions on whether the U.S. should attack Syria, there was a clear consensus: No.
MPR News' The Cube Critics Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr discuss "Afternoon Delight" and other films to fight off summertime blues and cinema 'dreck.'
Former President Bill Clinton spoke Sept. 4, 2013 at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. He said supporters and opponents of the health care law need to work together now to implement it and to fix the inevitable problems. Clinton says our health, family stability and strength of our economy depend on it.
Negotiator insists process could reach a settlement in time to save Carnegie concerts.
Minnesotans' enthusiasm to hunt wolves appears to be down from last year, when 23,000 applied for licenses. This year it's 13,000.
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority's chairwoman, Michele Kelm-Helgen, said this week that her agency still hopes to break ground on the new Vikings stadium in November. But things are already churning.
For people like Juliana Hu Pegues, a postdoctoral fellow at Macalester College, the return of "Miss Saigon" to the Ordway this fall is both frustrating and exhausting. "Frankly, I'm outraged!" she says.
Mary Jo Kane, John Tauer and Esera Tuaolo offer some tidbits about what's on their reading list.
Some New York and New Jersey neighborhoods are becoming ghost towns as residents abandon their demolished properties. Homes worth $400,000 before Sandy are now appraised at as little as $10,000. Up to 68,000 homes in New York City and thousands more in New Jersey now fall into "flood zones" in new FEMA flood zone maps.
As members of Congress decide whether to support President Obama's request for authorization to attack the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad for allegedly using chemical weapons on civilians and rebels, other potential responses have received less attention. What do you think of them?
U.S. employers added 169,000 jobs in August and much fewer in July than previously thought. Hiring has slowed from the start of the year.
Minnesota consumers will be able to buy a health plan for as little as $90.59 per month on MNsure, the new state health insurance marketplace.
This will be the third Navy vessel to be named after our state. The first Minnesota was a sailing steam frigate that saw action during the Civil War. The second one was a battleship which was retired shortly after World War I.
Investigators say the City of St Paul could not have known about the potential danger to a class of fourth graders on a fossil-hunting field trip on May 22, of whom two died. Families of the victims say the city is trying to avoid responsibility.
Initial interviews indicated the infant was shot outside in the 2400 block of Emerson Avenue North, police said.
Ray said he wants to avoid the possibility of a retrial and resentencing but maintained that his convictions on three counts of negligent homicide were flawed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that children who use electronic cigarettes may end up getting hooked on nicotine, possibly making them more likely to switch to conventional cigarettes. E-cigarette proponents counter that e-cigarettes are intended to help smokers quit tobacco.

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