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Monday, October 1, 2012

Andrew Engeldinger, 1997 arrest photo
Andrew Engeldinger, the man who opened fire on his former co-workers at a Minneapolis company last week, was arrested in 1997 for leading a police officer on a high-speed chase. (10/01/2012)
Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy must fully fund a solar energy incentive program through 2015, according to a decision Monday by the state. (10/01/2012)
Charges are expected Tuesday in a road rage incident that escalated into a shooting in Isanti over the weekend. (10/01/2012)
The Minnesota Orchestra has cancelled all its concerts through Thanksgiving, after management locked out musicians as their contract expired and the two sides could not agree on a new one. The musicians, meantime, rallied in downtown Minneapolis Monday afternoon, hoping to garner more public support for their cause.
Duluth Mayor Don Ness wants his city to be one of the nation's premier destinations for people interested in biking and hiking. The city is building trails hoping they will lure young educated professionals to town, who in turn, will attract entrepreneurs seeking a talented workforce.
Pulitzer prize-winning former New York Times reporter Hedrick Smith speaks to the Commonwealth Club about his new book, "Who Stole the American Dream?" Smith says large income inequality will stall America's economic growth and erode middle class prosperity.
On the law's 5-year anniversary Monday, state health commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger says a study from the Mayo Clinic shows a decline in heart attacks after the ban took effect.
Louise Erdrich's latest novel, "The Round House," tells the story of a crime on a North Dakota reservation in 1988. She joined us to discuss her new book.
More couples are paying to select the sex of their children when they conceive. About 80 percent of American parents are using the procedure to have girls. Is it ethical to choose the sex of a child?
Jury selection begins today in the trial of Mahamud Said Omar. Omar is accused with facilitating al-Shabab recruitment and sending young Somali men in Minneapolis back to Somalia to join the extremist group.
Among those Mitt Romney and Barack Obama will be seeking to sway during the debate are the undecided voters, who represent somewhere between 2 percent and 8 percent of the vote. We'll talk with political reporter Joshua Green about why these voters remain "stubbornly impervious to persuasion."
The first presidential debate is Wednesday. How important are the debates to the ultimate outcome on Election Day? How much preparation work goes into them?
A program, which appears to be rare, is kind of a "night camp" for dementia victims who don't sleep at night or tend to wake up agitated or become frightened or disoriented by the fall of darkness.
The Minnesota Department of Health says four more cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in the state this past week.
The Obama administration Monday announced plans to expedite the Southwest light rail project, which would run from downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie.
The group promoting a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota is debuting its first two TV ads of a heated campaign.
Today in the MPR News Update: The Minnesota Orchestra is canceling its fall concerts after management locked out musicians amid a labor dispute. A trial begins for a Minneapolis man accused of helping the terror group al-Shabab in Somalia. And mourners remember those who died in Thursday's shooting at a Minneapolis business.
A six-week Internet crowdfunding effort has raised $1.3 million to restore a New York laboratory once used by visionary scientist Nikola Tesla.
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a national anti-gay marriage group that tried to thwart Maine's campaign disclosure law requiring it to release its donor list.
Two years after it began phasing out incandescent bulbs, Swedish retailer Ikea is taking another step and planning to only sell energy-efficient LED lighting by 2016.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that makes California the first state to ban a controversial form of psychotherapy that's aimed at making gay teenagers straight.
Minnesota Orchestra management locked out its musicians at midnight Sunday, and has canceled concerts through November, after the two sides failed to reach a contract agreement.
After Thursday's shooting at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis' Bryn Mawr neighborhood, we look at how common these types of incidents are and if anything can be done to prevent them.
Writer Jill Filipovic says that condemning premarital sex and promoting abstinence are not working. Lasting, loving relationships are made through intimacy, she said.
Minnesota Orchestra management locked out its musicians at midnight Sunday, and has canceled concerts through November, after the two sides failed to reach a contract agreement.
The Boy Scouts of America plan to begin doing what critics argue they should have done decades ago -- bring suspected abusers named in the organization's so-called perversion files to the attention of police departments and sheriff's offices across the country.
A newly released timeline shows that two employees at Accent Signage Systems fought for their lives and tried to grab a gun from former co-worker Andrew Engeldinger.
As two victims remained hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center on Sunday, friends and family on mourned five others killed by Andrew Engeldinger with a gun last week at a Minneapolis business.
Mahamud Said Omar, a former janitor at a Minneapolis mosque, is charged with facilitating a second wave of young Twin Cities men who traveled to Somalia in 2008 to join the extremist group.
Peace in the Middle East is not a universal goal among members of the evangelical community.
The state Department of Education will release plans by the state's lowest-performing schools to improve student performance. The plans, which require the state's 130 lowest-performing schools to show how they intend to turn things around, represent another step in how the state has changed its system to evaluate schools' performance.
A community youth choir from Grand Forks' sister city in Norway is coming to North Dakota.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will vote Monday on whether to require an environmental impact study for a north Minneapolis metal shredding company that wants to increase emissions. Over the objections of some neighbors and several concerned agencies, the MPCA staff has recommended against the impact study.
Minnesota and other states are developing health exchanges: an online, one-stop shop for consumers to compare competing health plans. The law provides for assistance from humans as well, but there is a big debate about who should provide that help.

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