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Friday, October 4, 2013

Rosary procession
Catholics who gathered for the annual Candlelight Rosary Procession in St. Paul Friday night reacted to recent news about the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, including an MPR News report that found the archdiocese knew about a priests's sexual misconduct but failed to remove him from ministry. (10/04/2013)
A former Democratic state lawmaker has dropped out of the race for Minnesota secretary of state. (10/04/2013)
We've known for years that antibiotics don't help in most cases of bronchitis or sore throat. And for decades, public health officials have tried to stop doctors from overprescribing antibiotics. None of that seems to have made a difference, though: Antibiotics are still being prescribed when they don't help -- and could hurt, a study says. (10/04/2013)
Oktoberfest, one of the world's largest festivals, is mostly about beer. And to soak up all that froth and alcohol, Bavarians have traditionally reached for meat. But this year, breaking with a 200-year-old tradition, the Munich Oktoberfest festival is catering to vegans.
When states and the federal government rolled out online marketplaces to help people buy health insurance on Tuesday, you'd think that old-fashioned insurance brokers would have been worried. Many brokers work for small independent businesses. Are they at risk of becoming the next travel agents, whose ranks were thinned by online shopping?
Snake handlers dwell at the edge of the spiritual frontier -- a community of people who are willing to die for their faith three times a week in church. Members of the Pentecostal Holiness Church take up venomous serpents to prove their faith in God. The practice is still widespread in Appalachia, though mostly hidden.
On The Cube Critics, Euan Kerr relives the spellbinding 3-D terror of "Gravity" and Stephanie Curtis touts the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival.
A Democratic lawyer who once ran for Minnesota secretary of state has been chosen to sit on the state's campaign regulatory board.
Minnesota rides the eastern side of the strongest storm to hit the Upper Midwest in months.
A fire official says a man has been flown to the hospital after setting himself on fire on the National Mall.
Officials at the American Legion are accusing the White House and members of Congress of using veterans in their efforts to win over the public during a partial government shutdown.
More Minnesotans are defaulting on their student loans within three years after leaving school -- but we're still doing better than much of the nation.
If no agreement can be reached on the freight-rail impasse, city officials have suggested that Southwest planners consider a new light-rail alignment. But Met Council chairwoman Sue Haigh said that would delay the project by at least one or two years and send the price tag to soar even higher.
Decision on disputed route is delayed.
When you hear the first few lines of Martin Devaney's "Magnolia Diner," it's as if you're transported to your favorite greasy spoon, where the veteran St. Paul songwriter staggers to the counter about 2 a.m.
Heavy snow and blizzard conditions are raking the Black Hills in western South Dakota today. I-90 has been closed from the Wyoming state line into the Black Hills.
Reporter Brandt Williams examines the amount the city of Minneapolis has paid in officer-related lawsuit settlements and judgments over the last few years. The most recent settlement was just last week.
Hornets, unlike honeybees, can sting a victim multiple times. In the case of the Asian Giant Hornets (Vespa mandarinia), which are about the size of an adult's thumb, their size means they can inject more venom, quickly delivering a potentially lethal dose.
Guitarist Zacc Harris, saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, bassist Chris Bates and drummer Pete Hennig stretch their imaginations with a potent mix of influences and styles in one dynamic recording.
The Minneapolis City Council has approved a settlement agreement between the city, the Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota over the fate of Peavey Plaza, the modernist public square situated next to Orchestra Hall.
House and Senate members are paid $174,000 annually, which means their gross pay is $6,692 every two weeks. Their pay is unaffected by a shutdown because, despite what the public likely thinks, they are considered essential employees of the government.
Former Shattuck-St.Mary's teacher was sentenced Friday to 52 months in prison and will get credit for time served. The 71-year-old will then be on probation, likely for the rest of his life.
For several hours this morning MNsure officials recommended that people hold off on trying to establish an account on the new health insurance marketplace. An alert on the MNsure website told people to come back in a few hours.
The firm was one of three finalists from submissions around the world. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in 2015 and end in 2016.
The deal, reached after five months of negotiations, addresses quality of patient care and gives nurses more input on staffing levels without fear of retaliation, said nurse David Nachreiner.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra board chairman Douglas M. Hagerman says the orchestra needs to cut costs and attract more people to boost revenue.
The storied over 400-year-old tree near Charleston, with an expansive canopy and massive, gnarled branches that sweep the ground, attracts thousand of visitors each year. Local conservationists are rushing to raise enough money to buy the land around the centuries-old live oak to protect it from development.
The suit claims Commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball have tried to smear Rodriguez' reputation to "gloss over" Selig's past inaction and tacit approval of the use of performance-enhancing substances in baseball.
This will be Sagal's 11th marathon and his first in the Twin Cities. He said he's hoping to finish in under three and a half hours.
A researcher and former school administrator join The Daily Circuit to talk about the latest research on sleep and the teenage brain.
Layoffs and cutbacks follow in the wake of the dispute in Washington.
Our guests discuss this week's big stories: the opening of the health care exchanges and the partial federal government shutdown.
Why do we look back and yearn for the past? The BBC speaks to a social psychologist who reveals that looking to the past can protect us in a number of ways.
It took a decade for the Minnesota Lynx to become a profitable operation. "This has just been a wonderful opportunity now that we have the team and are also profitable," says owner Glen Taylor.
Lynn Seibel pleaded guilty to seven counts in July, more than a year after police began investigating alleged sexual contact with students at Shattuck-St. Mary's school.
Right before Edward Snowden told the world it was he who had leaked information about some of the government's most secret surveillance programs, the FBI was hot on his trail. One of the places they looked was Lavabit, the company that hosted Snowden's email account.
WIC serves nearly 9 million mothers and young children, providing what advocates say is vital nutrition that poor families might otherwise be unable to afford.
The mother of a Connecticut woman who was shot to death by police after a car chase that began when she tried to breach a barrier at the White House said her daughter suffered from post-partum depression.
Three out of four fans will have to buy a license in the new 65,000 seat stadium, at an average cost of $2,500. The licenses are one-time fees that give buyers ownership of the seat. They're also commodities that can be traded or sold.
Americans, who're increasingly optimistic about improving economic conditions, are expected to spend at a more rapid clip during the upcoming holiday shopping season than they did last year.
Leaders in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis confiscated pornography -- some of which might have portrayed children -- from the Rev. Jonathan Shelley's old laptop. But they didn't report it for nearly a decade, until a church official found it and, frustrated with her superiors' lack of response, went to police herself.
In a statement late Thursday, the White House blamed Republicans, saying the "completely avoidable" government shutdown was hurting the president's efforts to promote trade and U.S. influence in emerging world markets.
The government shutdown has forced the nation's national parks to close.
The opener will be held in Fergus Falls this year and some of the activities were planned for the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center. With the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service affected by the shutdown, it's not known if agency employees will be back to work by Nov. 8.
The website will be open for account creation and enrollment on Saturday but not on Sunday. MNsure's executive director, April Todd-Malmlov, says consumers will still be able to peruse health plans on the site Sunday but won't be able to create accounts.

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