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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Seized guns
Authorities say all the suspects are members of the East Side Boys. They were arrested as part of an effort by Minneapolis and St. Paul police, plus the FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. (10/09/2013)
New homebuyers
Lots of people involved in the housing market say it still has vigor but has been slowing down. Some say they noticed the market turn down before September. (10/09/2013)
Clouds fill the sky
The government is shut down because Congress hasn't passed any spending bills into law. But the unanswered phones and dark federal offices are nothing compared to what could happen if Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling. (10/09/2013)
The new policy calls for recruiting and hiring a more diverse staff. It also proposes training teachers on how to better serve a racially diverse student body. And it seeks to better involve parents and the community in finding alternatives to policies may have hurt students of color.
The Rev. Reginald Whitt has put together a task force of six lay people to review how church officials have handled accusations of priest misconduct.
Several House committees held a joint meeting, including a special panel set up to address the spread of synthetics. The issue made headlines in Minnesota in recent months with the federal prosecution of a Duluth head shop owner who sold such drugs; on Monday, Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson was convicted on 51 of 55 counts.
Nearly three-fourths of Cargill's business units recorded profits in the first quarter. Sales were flat at $34 billion.
MNsure officials say roughly 8,000 accounts have been created on the state's new health insurance marketplace as of Wednesday afternoon, but they will not disclose until next week how many consumers have actually enrolled in a health plan.
Currently, only 40 percent of students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch eat breakfast at school.
The company is a victim of a weak economy, relentless price competition from big box retailers and the weather, which devastated sales this past spring, President Dave Linder said. The customer base is also shrinking as baby boomers retire to apartments and give up gardening, he added.
The layoffs come in areas where Target said it saw duplication or overlap of responsibilities or a need for fewer employees in the future, the company said Wednesday. About 75 percent of the cuts have been made already. Target would not discuss the types of jobs involved or what they pay.
All but one of the regional leaders present supported the plan, which also would leave freight trains alongside the tunnels. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, the lone "no" vote, pledged to continue to press the railroads to relocate freight traffic out of the Kenilworth Corridor, a scenic area that includes bicycle trails.
The brewery that makes Dave donates some proceeds to charity, but buyers may be in it for the hype.
NPR and ABC-TV journalist and author Cokie Roberts delivers the 7th annual Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn. Sponsored September 18, 2013 by the Eugene McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement.
Beth Dooley, author of Minnesota's Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook, shares ideas for how to use the different varieties of squash in season right now.
Travel expert says the best trips are the ones that leave room for the unexpected.
Launched in 2011, the Juno spacecraft zipped past Mars, Earth's closest planetary neighbor. It looped back and will make a quick pass by Earth to gather momentum to continue toward Jupiter, located 484 million miles from the sun.
"I'm a parent; I'm not perfect," the father said. "We assumed he was at a friend's house. we had no idea where he was."
An advisory committee for the Southwest light rail project voted nearly unanimously Wednesday to recommend to the Metropolitan Council that the light rail trains run underground in a shallow tunnel through the scenic and narrow Kenilworth Corridor of Minneapolis, keeping freight alongside it. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was the lone "no" vote.
A new documentary from the American RadioWorks documentary unit explores the history and purpose of the General Educational Development diploma or GED. 39 million adults don't have a high school diploma, but some researchers say passing the GED test won't help you in college, the job market, or the military. The GED only tests cognitive skills, and those are not enough to make it in life. Hard-working people of good character find the lack of a GED is a barrier to many jobs they are well-equipped to handle.
Bob Coollins on NewsCut says it would be silly to imagine the NFL doing much more than circling the wagons in the wake of the damning Frontline documentary about football concussions. But at youth football practices around the country, there are, no doubt, going to be some parents wondering "what are we doing here?"
U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson noted in her ruling that the band has profited more than $20 million since it stopped paying the city in 2009, while receiving city services for free.
Grams, who served a term in the U.S. House and a term in the Senate in the 1990s, is being remembered as a principled, humble conservative who helped usher in a new era of politics in Minnesota and Washington.
More than 200 protesters took over Rice Park Tuesday night to demonstrate against the opening of the musical "Miss Saigon" at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Ordway President Patricia Mitchell has acknowledged people may be upset by "Miss Saigon," but she says the work deserves to be shown.
For this week's Screen Time, we talk about the movies that made you want to travel.
Author Delia Ephron is in town for the Twin Cities Book Festival this weekend and joins us to discuss her latest collection of essays.
Two local medical experts who watched "League of Denial" join The Daily Circuit to share their analysis.
Bob Anderson, mayor of International Falls joins us to discuss what he hopes to impart on the governor during his visit.
We look back on the first week of health insurance exchanges. Did site glitches scare away potential buyers?
The Minnesota Lynx are one win away from their second league championship in three years. Game 3 of the series will be played Thursday in Georgia.
Seimone Augustus scored 20 points and Lindsay Whalen had 14 points and five assists to push the Lynx to the brink of the championship with an 88-63 victory over the Atlanta Dream in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Tuesday night.
A task force created by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to investigate clergy misconduct includes a psychologist who works on sex offender management, a computer forensics expert and a former St. Paul police sergeant. Members say their work will be independent of the archdiocese they're investigating.
Ray Widstrand is undergoing therapy at the Courage Center in Golden Valley after he was severely beaten on Aug. 4 in his St. Paul neighborhood -- and says he feels sorry for his attackers
While the anti-aging "cures" being marketed these days are largely snake oil, in the laboratory scientists have managed to extend the lives of laboratory animals. That's good news if you're a lab rat, but at present there are no treatments that delay aging in people. Would you use that treatment if you could.
The Associated Press-GfK survey affirms expectations by many in Washington that the GOP may end up taking the biggest hit in public opinion from the fiscal paralysis, just as that party did when much of the government closed 17 years ago.
High-heels serve as canvases in a new exhibit for the community art project, "A Mile in My Shoes," which showcase biographies of local black women.
A group of regional metro leaders is expected to vote Wednesday on the biggest flashpoint of the proposed Southwest light rail project: what to do with existing freight trains in the Kenilworth Corridor of Minneapolis.
The former accounting director of the Twin Cities archdiocese said recently that several accused priests receive pension payments higher than normal. Another former church official discovered them, too, over the past few years and had them stopped. The archdiocese says church law requires that offending priests must have 'financial, therapeutic and spiritual support.' The Rev. Robert Kapoun is one of them.
From the archives: Archbishop Harry Flynn said today that the Rev. Robert Kapoun is resigning as priest of a Prior Lake parish. A Hennepin County jury is expected to decide soon if the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis should pay punitive damages to a 28-year-old Prior Lake man who says he was molested by Kapoun.
The Star Tribune has a new editor. Just three weeks after Nancy Barnes left Minnesota's biggest newsroom, the paper promoted managing editor Rene Sanchez to the top editorial spot.

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