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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A record number of Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana, according to a new Gallup poll released Tuesday reporting 58 percent of the public in support. (10/22/2013)
Many people over 50 report great difficulty finding work and feel that their age is a factor, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (10/22/2013)
The latest space tourism venture depends more on hot air than rocket science. A company announced plans to send people up in a capsule, lifted 19 miles by a high-altitude balloon. (10/22/2013)
A priest representing a North St. Paul parish is calling for change in leadership in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis saying "sometimes a fresh start is needed for all involved."
Minnesota Power has asked state regulators to approve plans to build a new, 240-mile high-voltage transmission line from the Canadian border to Minnesota's Iron Range.
Here's more fallout from the government's partial shutdown: Early tax filers will have to wait an extra week or two to get tax refunds next year.
After more than a decade as the world's favorite car color, silver is falling in popularity to white. The leading supplier of automotive paints, says 25 percent of the vehicles it supplied in the 2013 model year were white, up 3 percent from the prior year.
The federal government is going into uncharted waters, deep-sixing the giant paper nautical charts that it has been printing for mariners for more than 150 years.
Minnesota is losing its battle to keep out the gypsy moth and state officials say that in some areas their only recourse may be to try to slow the insect's spread.
The vast majority of Minnesota's cases are caused by lead paint in older homes, said epidemiologist Stephanie Yendell. A very small amount of paint dust can cause lead poisoning in a child, she added.
Workers are installing huge steel gates at the Coon Rapids Dam this week in an effort to stop Asian carp from moving further upstream. The $16 million project is just one of several that biologists and conservationists are working on to stop the spread of this invasive species.
Washington's inability to settle on a farm bill is frustrating dairy farmers across Minnesota.
Obstetricians are getting more precise about exactly how close makes for a full-term pregnancy, refining the definition.
Dr. Jon Hallberg joined MPR's Tom Crann to discuss the pneumonia vaccine.
Nokia is expanding its lineup of Windows phones, and it's introducing its first tablet computer.
Apple Inc. unveiled a new, thinner, lighter tablet called the "iPad Air" along with a slew of new Macs Tuesday at an event in San Francisco. The announcement refreshes the company's iPad lineup and slashes the price of its Mac computers ahead of the holiday shopping season.
Gov. Mark Dayton spoke with reporters on a wide range of issues before heading to the Mayo Clinic for a medical procedure on his injured hip.
Spokesman Jim Accurso said a final decision on the capital campaign "has been put on pause with the intention of revisiting it again in January."
Alex Marshall, senior fellow with the Regional Plan Association, joins us to discuss how markets and corporations are actually a construction of the government and could be better designed to work in that format.
James Goodale represented the New York Times in a landmark case that reached the Supreme Court.
Mergers in Minnesota are rare, but one may be about to happen.
University of Minnesota police are issuing $98 fines for biking in restricted areas, and ticketing and removing bikes left on racks longer than 10 days.
Two doctors join us to look at the ways in which a shift in our attitudes toward treatment can shake up the health care system as a whole.
Former senator thinks Congress should stand for ranked-choice elections.
This month, the film critics at The Guardian are assembling all-time top 10 lists. We'll discuss the action films on this week's Screen Time.
In a speech during the annual Education Minnesota conference last week put Minnesota Teacher of the Year Megan Olivia Hall said "From where I stand, teachers are the last line of defense against the tyranny of the 1 percent." This comment has put her in the line of fire.
Tom Petters will try to get a plea deal for 30 years in prison that he says his attorneys kept from him, though it is hard to win such a claim.
Strong performances in the Atlanta, New York and London markets gave the company a lift. Passengers also increased their purchases of extras such as roomier seats and in-flight Internet access.
State officials say traffic engineers determined that higher limits don't pose safety risks on the affected routes.
As questions mount over the website's failure, insider interviews and a review of technical specifications by The Associated Press found a mind-numbingly complex system put together by harried programmers who pushed out a final product that congressional investigators said was tested by the government and not private developers with more expertise.
A Supreme Court ruling paved the way for same-sex married couples to receive federal benefits. Now Justice Department lawyers are working to make it happen. It's a challenge because they have more than 1,000 rules and laws to review.
Proposed reconstruction project aims to rebuild the street and sewers beneath it.
The residents of Carlton and Thomson, two small towns southwest of Duluth, are voting Nov. 5 whether to consolidate. A vote in favor by both would mean Thomson would become an official neighborhood of Carlton at the end of 2014. If you're counting, that would reduce the number of Minnesota cities to 853.
Bob Fine has gotten a lot of mileage out of his last name over the years. His lawn signs tout him as the "FINEst choice for Minneapolis." They used to say "Fine Parks."
The Earned Income Tax Credits were intended for poor working families. In a report released Tuesday, the IRS inspector general said more than one-fifth of all credits paid under the program went to people who didn't qualify.
Manitoba officials are trying to determine the scope of an infestation discovered recently in Lake Winnipeg.
Two reports released on the eve of White House visit by Pakistan's prime minister allege that the U.S. has violated international law.
Hunters killed 117 wolves last year, one over the quota. The DNR estimated that last winter's wolf population was as high as 834 animals, and the agency is trying to reduce the population to 350.
Sara Paretsky's fictional detective probes a mystery that spans an ocean and more than half a century.
We discuss why the SAT still wields so much power and what college admissions would look like without it.
We talk with two experts about persistent joblessness and if anything can be done to improve the current state of our economy.
Officials at a cemetery that removed a slain Iraq war veteran's towering SpongeBob SquarePants headstone from her final resting place after they deemed it inappropriate for their traditional grounds were planning to meet with the soldier's family to explore possible solutions.
The book is a fictionalized version of the true tale of George Mallory's attempt to summit Mount Everest.
Rochester officials are considering an extension of the city sales tax as part of the local funding mechanism for the Destination Medical Center project.
U.S. employers added just 148,000 jobs in September, suggesting the job market was weakening before a 16-day partial government shutdown.
Can too many bikes be too much of a good thing? Bike congestion has gotten so bad in the University of Minnesota area that a crackdown on cyclists is underway.
The United States cut its energy-related carbon dioxide pollution by 3.8 percent last year, the second biggest drop since 1990, the Department of Energy said Monday. Could it have happened if the marketplace had just been left alone? Look at what China's going through.
Former Lutheran bishop Bruce Burnside is charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and four other counts in the April death of Maureen Mengelt. The 52-year-old Sun Prairie, Wis., woman was out for an afternoon jog when she was struck.
The Minneapolis bridge, which carries Third Avenue South over Interstate 94, will be dedicated as the "Sharon Sayles Belton Bridge."
The silvery carcasses of two giant oarfish were discovered along the Southern California coast last week, baffling scientists and gaining a growing online following who gawked at the bony, snake-like creatures.
Police said a Sparks, Nevada, Middle School student was the lone gunman who injured two young classmates, killed himself and took the life of an 8th-grade math teacher who tried to stop the rampage.
Since the Affordable Care Act's health care exchanges launched to a long series of error messages Oct. 1, most of the 'what went wrong' fingers have been pointing at software developers. But some say there's more to it than that -- that politics has played a role as well.
While city officials weigh whether or not to equip Minneapolis police officers with small wearable cameras, many communities have already taken that step. The Twin Cities suburb of Burnsville is one of them.
It's been more than 40 years since Dan Cohen held elected office, but he's one of the eight leading candidates to replace outgoing Mayor R.T. Rybak.
For nearly two centuries, dry ice has occupied a special place in the human imagination. In its solid, frozen form, carbon dioxide can be mesmerizing.
The United States cut its energy-related carbon dioxide pollution by 3.8 percent last year, the second biggest drop since 1990, the Department of Energy said Monday.
Small cigars flavored to taste like candy or fruit are popular among teens, according to the first government study to gauge their use.
The average American woman is about 25 pounds heavier than she was in 1960. Yet women's plus-size clothing, generally defined as size 14 and up, still makes up only about 9 percent of the $190 billion spent annually on clothes.

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