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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Stadium agreement signed
Minnesota and its Vikings officially are partners in a new billion dollar real estate deal. The team and the state's stadium authority signed a pair of binding agreements last night. Now comes the hard part. Paying the mortgage. (10/03/2013)
The federal government shutdown is pushing the nation's food safety system to its limits. With the shutdown, a portion of the team of people overseeing the critical foodborne illness tracking database PulseNet has been sent home. (10/03/2013)
Twitter has unsealed the documents for its planned initial public offering of stock and says it hopes to raise up to $1 billion in one of the year's most eagerly awaited stock market debuts. (10/03/2013)
It's not clear whether a prodigy's brain is any different from the brain of other children, in part because there have been no studies comparing the brains of prodigies with those of average people.
The hard-line stance of refusing to support any deal that would reopen the government without delaying, defunding or destroying the Affordable Care Act, pleases many conservatives who are willing to trade the temporary
If you are one of those people who say, "I've done nothing wrong; I've got nothing to hide," do you have any reason to worry that someone might try to use your digital records against you? "The answer, one reasearcher says, is that there has never before been as much data so easily available about us.
The opening act of our four-day fall storm has already brought lightning, thunder and downpours. The second act looks even more dramatic.
Irish writer Kevin Barry follows in his homeland's long literary tradition of linguistic improvisation in his work. His novel, "City of Bohane," is written in a language he invented for the novel.
To understand House Speaker John Boehner's role in the government shutdown, you have to understand the 30 or so House Republican hard-liners and his relationship with them. It's an uneasy one at best.
A single insurance claim could raise a Minnesota homeowner's annual premium by about one-fifth, or $200 on an average policy, according to a new study.
MNsure isn't releasing enrollment numbers yet. The hold-up stems from unresolved questions about how to define enrollment. Some people have paid for plans, others have just selected a plan.
The $975 million project will be paid for jointly: $348 million will come from state taxpayers, $150 million from hospitality taxes in Minneapolis and $477 million from the Vikings.
Mohamed Farah, executive director of the group Ka Joog, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington. The committee called the hearing on al-Shabab because of the group's ability to recruit young fighters from the United States.
Tourists watched the shooting unfold on Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol as lawmakers inside debated how to end a government shutdown. Police quickly locked down the entire complex temporarily, and both houses of Congress went into recess.
A former Little League baseball coach from Duluth has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two preteen boys whom he coached.
An advisory panel says it found no problems or complaints during a pilot project allowing cameras in some Minnesota courtrooms, and recommends that the state extend the test or make the rule changes permanent.
St. Paul's Union Depot will host a multi-media performance about the history of the orphan trains. Thousands of orphans rode on trains from the east coast to find homes in the towns and farms of the Midwest.
Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson received a $25,000 check from a high-ranking official in Ron Paul's presidential campaign days before ditching Michele Bachmann to back Paul, and eventually got $73,000 in suspicious payments that may be linked to Paul's campaign, an investigator has found.
A former worker at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has pleaded guilty to stealing shotguns, revolvers and other weapons from the checked luggage of passengers who had connecting flights through the airport.
"I am hopeful my decision to step aside at this time, along with the formation of a new task force can help repair the trust of many, especially the victims of abuse," the Rev. Peter Laird said in a prepared statement. He will continue to serve in a variety of roles within the archdiocese.
The region's aviation sector, which includes plane manufacturers Cirrus and Kestrel, is expected to grow by 40 percent in the next seven years.
The recent firing of a longtime Totino-Grace English teacher for being in a same-sex relationship has sparked discussion in the Catholic community. There's no consistent policy for how Catholic schools and colleges treat openly gay teachers or staff who are in relationships.
MNsure officials say the federal government has eased security restrictions that locked people out of the state's new online health insurance site after they made unsuccessful attempts to create a new account.
Former governor suggests Vikings should help finance a solution to the orchestra lockout.
The Egyptian military operation to destroy most of the tunnels used to smuggle goods into neighboring Gaza has led to a shortage of cheap fuel and building materials. It also has led to more sewage flowing into the sea. Change is afoot, however, for the first time in six years.
The U.S. prison population is still the world's highest -- with more than 1.5 million people behind bars. A study from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee found Wisconsin's incarceration rate for black men was nearly double the country's rate.
The Wild takes on the Los Angeles Kings in Thursday night's opener. Coach Mike Yeo says the Wild is looking to get better offensively. He says it's something he and the players talk about a lot.
Osmo Vanska, who resigned as music director of Minnesota Orchestra< this week, will conduct musicians when they perform two shows this weekend.
Federal funding has been cut off for crucial tribe services including foster care payments, nutrition programs and financial assistance for the needy.
A former presidential campaign aide to Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has resigned his seat in the Iowa State Senate after an investigation found it likely that he broke Senate ethics rules. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with the chairman of Iowa's Senate Ethics Committee, Sen. Wally Horn about the matter.
Three experts on U.S.-Iran relations join us to give their perspective on negotiations regarding Iran's nuclear program.
A recent poll showed 40 percent of white Americans and 25 percent of non-white Americans only have friends of their own race. We'll discuss America's current state of segregation.
NOAA is down to "mission critical" work for now.
An inability to negotiate is causing our civic institutions to shut down.
Matt Haimovitz is 42 and a world-renowned cellist. He rushed into the classical music scene at age 10 after Itzhak Perlman, the famed violinist, heard him play. But nothing in his family history explains where Haimovitz got his extraordinary talent. And that's typical.
Tracy Gripentrog has embraced the important of computers as she watched teaching evolve in her 30 years in the profession. She knew that Willow Lane Elementary School needed more than its 30 laptops and 10 iPads for its 400 students.
The Wild takes on the Los Angeles Kings in Thursday night's opener. Coach Mike Yeo says the Wild is looking to get better offensively. He says it's something he and the players talk about a lot.
DPS says seven people have been killed in deer-motorcycle accidents so far in 2013. That matches the record number of fatal deer-motorcycle accidents in 2008.
Top U.S. intelligence officials are revealing more about their spying in an effort to defend the National Security Agency from charges that it has invaded the privacy of Americans on a mass scale.
The tiny increase suggests companies are still cutting very few jobs.
The number to watch for out of today's meeting is the pricing plan for Stadium Builder Licenses, or SBLs. They're actually personal seat licenses, the one-time seat fee that has been pledged by the state to help pay the Vikings share. The deal will reveal how much the team expects to raise.
There's a widening impression that the shutdown could persist into mid-October and become tangled with an even more consequential battle. The Obama administration has said Congress must renew the government's authority to borrow money by Oct. 17 or risk a first-ever federal default.
There's not much progress towards a resolution to the partial federal government shutdown as it enters its third day. But one possible area where Democrats and Republicans could find some common ground appears to be on the medical device tax that helps pay for the Affordable Care Act.
MNsure officials say that consumers shopping for health care have created more than 2,500 accounts. But frustration about enrollment glitches for some is spreading to the health insurance industry and social service providers.
Peak fall color is arriving a bit later than it did last year, thanks to a warm September. Observers in state parks and recreation areas are reporting pockets of color.
Democrats and Republicans blame each other for the first federal government shutdown in 17 years, but they're also asking themselves who will voters blame in next year's Congressional elections?

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