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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Business and civic leaders in Minneapolis are continued Wednesday to press state lawmakers for bond funding to upgrade Nicollet Mall. (10/30/2013)
Prosecutors have refused to hear a Minnesota man's offer to plead guilty in the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend and another man. (10/30/2013)
Thirty-seven-year-old Tina Marie Garrison and her son, Junior Lee Dillon, both of Preston, pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $5,000 in frozen gopher feet. (10/30/2013)
President Barack Obama claimed "full responsibility" for fixing his administration's much-maligned health insurance website as a new concern surfaced: a government memo pointing to security worries, laid out just days before the launch.
Two people familiar with the discussions say American Airlines and US Airways will propose giving up some takeoff and landing rights at Washington's Reagan National Airport in hopes of settling a government lawsuit blocking their merger.
Imation Corp. lost money in the third quarter of the year and is selling off business units.
The GED diploma has helped high school dropouts for decades get into college or find a job. Earning that diploma, though, is about to get a lot harder. Starting Jan. 1, new exams will feature fewer multiple choice questions, more essays and tougher math problems.
Insurance companies have stayed out of the Rochester market largely because Mayo sets prices in the region, and they're higher than anywhere else in Minnesota. Mayo officials say their costs are expensive because the clinic treats patients with complex illnesses.
The state lottery is poised to start selling the well-known games over the internet. Lottery officials say they need to stay competitive, but critics fear what could happen if the state begins to rely on Internet gambling.
Their lawsuit seeks to block Thicke and collaborators Pharrell and T.I. from using elements of their father's music in "Blurred Lines" or other songs.
Officials expect winners in all races to be declared by the end of next week.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will take over a Minnesota education advocacy group once he leaves office in January.
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl joined MPR's Tom Crann about what she learned writing about the decline of bees for Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine.
NBC News recently reported that millions of Americans who buy individual or family coverage (i.e., don't have a health plan through work) will have their policies canceled due to new federal standards for health coverage and normal turnover in the marketplace. Have you had your plan canceled? Please share your insights here.
According to a secret accounting dated Jan. 9, 2013, NSA sends millions of records every day from Yahoo and Google internal networks to data warehouses at the agency's Fort Meade, Md., headquarters.
After years of looking, booksellers may have identified Amazon's weakness: publishing.
The voluntary advice calls on schools to take such steps as restricting nuts, shellfish or other foods that can cause allergic reactions, and to make sure emergency allergy medicines like EpiPens are available.
The "West End Market" will include an updated State Fair history center, a bigger entertainment stage, dozens of artisans and specialty merchants, and several new food and beverage vendors. It also includes a new entrance gate and transit hub for buses.
Conservative columnist and strategist Matt Lewis recently wrote about the "ethical conundrums" facing young Christians today.
Davy Rothbart, creator of FOUND Magazine and regular This American Life contributor, discusses his new documentary Medora with MPR News' Ground Level project.Medora is an in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling, underdog basketball story, and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them. On a grander scale, it's a film about America, and the thousands of small towns across the country facing the same fight. As one towns-person told us, "Once we lose these small towns, we can't get them back."
Last month, Popular Science magazine disabled all online comments on its website. What's the importance of community discussion in scientific research?
The Minneapolis mayor is one of three recently profiled as they leave office.
Congress ponders cuts of up to $40 billion to the program.
In honor of Halloween, we discuss the scariest movies of all time. What gets to you? Psychological thrillers or bloody mayhem?
We'll air highlights from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Committee regarding the federal health insurance website.
There was a time when America was covered with little radio stations, and it's no coincidence that when the FCC changed rules to allow big companies to own as many radio stations as they could gobble up, the small-town station disappeared along with the sense of community that they helped maintain.
The case started in 2010 when two girls, then ages 12 and 13, challenged their school's ban on the bracelets designed to promote breast cancer awareness among young people.
The increase is among the smallest since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975. It is small because consumer prices haven't gone up much in the past year.
We all know we're supposed to exercise daily, but precious few of us do. And it only seems to get harder with age. There's a reason to try harder, though. Tacking more years of good health on to your life may be as simple as mowing the lawn more often and engaging in other everyday physical activities.
Japanese company Scentee has invented a spherical iPhone attachment that can squirt out aromas ranging from flowery to savory. Each scent comes in a separate cartridge, which you can change out by opening up the device. And to power it up, all you have to do is plug it into you phone's headphone jack.
In Parasite, Mira Grant imagines a near future in which genetically-modified tapeworms are a universal health-care solution. Once implanted, the worm provides immune-system support, making its human host healthy for the duration of its life -- though like any good piece of commodified progress, the worms have planned obsolescence and need to be replaced regularly.
Social Security cuts will be part of the next round of federal budget negotiations. The program accounts for about 20 percent of federal spending. One argument in favor of cuts is that Social Security amounts to a huge transfer of wealth from the young to the old.
Opponents of Alabama's strict immigration law declared victory Tuesday, as the state agreed not to pursue key provisions of a measure critics had called an endorsement of racial profiling. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the state's appeal of a federal court's ruling that gutted the law.
There was consensus that Wisconsin's experience, where many mines have clashed with local communities and in some cases have violated environmental laws, should not be repeated.
Vigilance is crucial in fighting invasive zebra mussels. The tougher question of who should pay for that vigilance is up for debate. Officials and private groups in Becker County want the state to spend more, but they aren't waiting for that to happen.
After two years of starts and stops, lawmakers begin formal negotiations Wednesday on the farm bill, but the talks are being overshadowed by negotiations that aim to undo automatic cuts to the federal budget.
Forty percent of food in the U.S. goes uneaten, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Many are seeing this wasted food as a business opportunity. Although an obvious problem, it's also a complicated one to solve.
Tacking more years of good health on to your life may be as simple as mowing the lawn more often and engaging in other everyday physical activities.
A growing number of farmers are marketing local goods under the community-supported agriculture model, and now canners are helping to fill the gap in the winter months when shares of fresh vegetables peter out.
Not only is Minneapolis electing a new mayor on Nov. 5, it's also possible that a majority of the members of City Council will be freshmen. Among their number could be Abdi Warsame, who would be the first Somali American elected to the City Council here -- or anywhere else.
A hazy picture of the U.S. economy has emerged from the most recent snapshots of retail sales, housing, manufacturing, the job market and the confidence of consumers.
Trayvon Martin's mother told a panel of senators Tuesday that state "stand your ground" self-defense laws do not work and must be amended, reviving the politically charged gun control issue a year ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

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