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Friday, October 18, 2013

The decision by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission means Xcel Energy can go ahead with two projects in southern Minnesota and two in North Dakota. (10/18/2013)
Public opinion polls show support for the Tea Party has fallen dramatically -- to its lowest point ever. But Tea Party activists say that the movement isn't going away. (10/18/2013)
Naturally occurring viruses called bacteriophages attack specific types of bacteria. Researchers are using the advantage of phages' bacteria-destroying powers to treat infections. (10/18/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will close Interstate 35E in St. Paul for construction over the weekend.
A Dakota County grand jury has indicted three St. Paul teens in connection with the killing of Luis David Reyes-Galvan in West St. Paul in January.
Surveys indicate that in four years of study, college students will typically spend $2,500 or more on textbooks - from new books to used books and rentals. A St. Paul company is cashing in on student frustration with high textbook prices by offering less expensive electronic and print-on-demand alternatives.
The New York Stock Exchange isn't taking any chances with Twitter's initial public offering.
Utah authorities are considering pressing charges against a Boy Scouts leader who purposely knocked over an ancient Utah desert rock formation and the two men who cheered him on.
Klobuchar is one of three Minnesotans on a legislative committee that will hash out differences between the House and Senate versions of the five-year farm bill. Democratic representatives Collin Peterson and Tim Walz also sit on the panel.
Sky watchers in the Upper Midwest will enjoy a rare celestial treat in the sky tonight.
The expanded benefit would add to a short list of benefits the school can provide to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and their partners. Offering health care can't be part of it because that's banned by North Dakota state law.
Attorney General Lori Swanson wrote to the head of the centers for Medicare and Medicaid alleging a pattern of wrongdoing by Humana, including denying payment for medical services it's required to cover and not complying with an appeals process.
"Carrie," a remake of the 1976 horror classic of the same name starring Julianne Moore and Chloe Moretz, comes to theaters this weekend. Should you see it? Euan Kerr has some opinions on the topic. Also: Stephanie Curtis takes a look at "A.C.O.D." starring Adam Scott and Amy Poehler.
When four of the best backup musicians in the Twin Cities kept meeting each other in the studio, they quickly noticed their common musical interests. Those gigs led guitarist Cory Wong, bassist Yohannes Tona, pianist Kevin Gastonguay and drummer Petar Janjic to form Foreign Motion, a new jazz fusion ensemble with a diverse and international vibe.
The turn in the weather can be tough for restaurants that are famous for their outdoor seating, like Sea Salt and Psycho Suzi's, both in Minneapolis.
Extra police officers, both undercover and uniformed, will patrol University of Minnesota neighborhoods this weekend following four recent robberies targeting students.
Internal archdiocesan documents obtained by MPR News raise questions about what the University of St. Thomas knew about sexual abuse allegations against a professor in 2006.
Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser explores America's history struggling to control the most dangerous machines ever built-- nuclear weapons. He says we've been on the edge of catastrophe since this technology was invented. Eric Schlosser spoke about his new book, "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety," as part of the Club Book series in St. Paul.
In coming years, organizers will consider shortening the race or moving it to later in the winter.
During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a study of mice found.
Organizers will use the year to regroup and raise funds for future races, according to WDIO.
And "ignore the First Amendment at your peril." James Goodale, former lawyer for the New York Times in the 1971 Pentagon Papers case, giving the annual Silha Lecture at the University of Minnesota, October 16, 2013. Goodale is out with a new book, "Fighting for the Press: the Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles." He says the issues of national security and press freedom that were central to that case remain current today.
Adrian Peterson addressed the media Thursday about the death of his son, apparently at the hands of the boy's mother's boyfriend. The innuendo in some media -- CJ's column in the Star Tribune yesterday comes to mind -- has been fierce, suggesting that Peterson has been a phony for a few tweets that suggested he cared about the boy's death, what with never having met the child and all.
It opened in the late 19th Century as the Bluefield Colored Institute, created to educate the children of black coal miners in segregated West Virginia. Although it still receives the federal funding that comes with its designation as a historically black institution, today Bluefield State College is 90 percent white. The road that separates those realities is as rocky as any story of racial transition in post-WWII America.
In flood-ravaged Colorado, much of the recovery has focused on rebuilding roads and bridges to mountain towns cut off by last month's floods. But take a drive east to the state's rolling plains, and a whole new set of staggering problems unfolds in farm country.
f you tear open a packet of M&M's, what's the first thing you notice? The colors: bright blue, vibrant orange, bold yellow. Kids love this visual stimulation. But the sponsors of a new petition -- which is urging M&M-maker Mars to replace the artificial colorings used to create these distinctive hues -- say these dyes can make some kids hyperactive.
In recent weeks, economists have been worrying about the negative impact of the now-ended government shutdown and potential debt crisis. But away from Capitol Hill, the economy has been getting a big boost: gasoline prices have been declining, week after week.
Elected officials who huddled with Gov. Mark Dayton this week to postpone a crucial vote on the beleaguered Southwest light rail proposal have called the delay a path forward that could ultimately save the project. But city leaders in St. Louis Park are feeling snubbed and "extremely disappointed.
The walkout officially began at midnight Thursday and it comes after six months of on-again, off-again talks fell apart. The impasse came after a marathon negotiating session that led the agency and its two largest unions closer to a contract deal.
In a letter to then-vicar general Kevin McDonough, parishioner Kate Ternus described her concerns about the contents of the Rev. Jon Shelley's computer. Her family received Shelley's used computer in 2004, and the archdiocese later determined it contained "borderline illegal" pornography. The letter dated Sept. 17, 2004 mentions a local Catholic high school and could indicate for the first time that Shelley's behavior may have gone beyond pornography.
Minneapolis city officials are considering whether to issue wearable cameras to police officers as a way to increase police officer accountability and help defeat frivolous brutality complaints and lawsuits.
A national gallery once existed in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. But years of war led to its destruction. The new Twin Cities museum aims to fill the void.
Sour beers are probably the oldest style of brew in the world, but they're just starting to get popular in the U.S.
Some economists say that without government input, their forecasts are like flying blind. Even though federal offices were reopened on Thursday morning, government economists have not yet been able to release their long-delayed reports.
President Obama on Friday is expected to nominate attorney Jeh Johnson to be the next Homeland Security secretary. Johnson recently served as the Pentagon's top lawyer.
Social media was abuzz this week with photographer Hannah Price's portraits of men who catcalled her on the street.
A national gallery once existed in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. But years of war led to its destruction. The new Twin Cities museum aims to fill the void.

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