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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sugar skulls, tamales, and spirits (the alcoholic kind) -- these are things you might find on homemade altars to entice those who've passed to the other side back for a visit. The altars, built in homes and around tombstones, are for Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, a tradition originating in central Mexico on Nov. 1 and 2. (11/01/2012)
Another messy — and wintry — storm may cause post-Election Day problems for an already weather-weary East Coast, forecasters say. (11/01/2012)
St. Jude Medical will cut about 500 positions as part of a reorganization plan. (11/01/2012)
On stage MPR News host Kerri Miller will moderate a debate between four guests.
Alleged stalkers in Ramsey County could start wearing electronic-tracking devices as early as today.
Gene Robinson, Brian Brown, Jerry McAfee and Sarah Walker debate the constitutional amendment on the definition of marriage. The event was held at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, moderated by MPR's Kerri Miller.
The two hotly contested constitutional amendment questions on the statewide ballot in November could end up being decided by razor-thin margins, but neither result would be subject to an automatic recount.
The SPCO has moved to cancel all planned concerts through the end of the year.
Authorities in Ramsey County are using GPS technology to help monitor the whereabouts of alleged stalkers, and help keep their victims safe.
This week on the Friday Roundtable, our panelists discuss Hurricane Sandy and its impact on the presidential race. They also offer predictions on Minnesota's ballot amendments.
Maggie Koerth-Baker, Boing Boing science editor, will talk about the link between severe weather and climate change. Can we attribute Hurricane Sandy to climate change?
The human impact on the Earth is now creating a new geological time period called Anthropocene, geologists say. The changes happening to the Earth will be visible in rocks today for geologists in the future.
This fall, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' annual gillnet survey in Lake Mille Lacs turned up half as many walleye as last year -- a 40-year low. But at least at this point, it's hard to know what the DNR's numbers mean.
"The Sessions," which opens in the Twin Cities this weekend, is both poignant and funny -- and it's drawing more Oscar buzz for Alexandria native John Hawkes.
Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel is leaving his position to take over the helm of AAA Minneapolis.
Presidential politics reignited in the wake of natural disaster Thursday, with the candidates beginning their full-throttle closing arguments with new vigor on the same pocketbook concerns that have dominated the campaign from the start.
Can Democrats wrestle away control from one or both houses of the state Legislature? Also, was a Mankato coach engaged in "innocent family fun" or pornography? And, Minnesota tribes say no to a wolf hunt on tribal land. That and much more today on the MPR News Update.
One of the people in northern Minnesota who has a license to hunt wolves starting Saturday is Joel Treat. He works as a customs officer in International Falls. Joel spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer what he's expecting.
Twenty-seven ballots have been invalidated so far because the voter who cast an absentee ballot has since died, according to Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's office.
Sales at Target stores open at least one year rose 2.4 percent in October, compared with the same month a year ago.
A gauge of economic activity among Minnesota's manufacturers continued to languish in October.
With Election Day five days away, Kerri Miller will moderate a final debate on The Daily Circuit Thursday with the candidates for Minnesota's 6th District. Republican incumbent Michele Bachmann is being challenged by Democrat Jim Graves, owner of the Graves 601 Hotel in Minneapolis.
We've just witnessed a massive hurricane that did something no other tropical system has done in the past: Make a sharp left turn in the Atlantic and plow headfirst into New Jersey and New York in late October. What happened? Connect the dots.
President Barack Obama soberly toured the destruction wrought by superstorm Sandy on Wednesday in the company of New Jersey's Republican governor and assured victims "we will not quit" until cleanup and recovery are complete.
University of Minnesota Political Science Professor Kathryn Pearson talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about how the Electoral College could factor into the upcoming Presidential election.
Mitt Romney came under withering criticism Wednesday over his depiction of President Barack Obama's auto industry bailout, with Chrysler and General Motors protesting the ads and Vice President Joe Biden accusing the Republican of perpetuating an "outrageous lie."
Native American communities nationwide are working hard to tap about 3 million Native American voters, hoping to turn around low voter participation that has persisted in Indian Country for decades. The push is being headed by the National Congress of American Indians.
In the final days before Election Day we'll take a close look at what's happening in New Hampshire. What issues are important to voters? How are the candidates trying to reach out to voters in this last crunch period and what will it take to win the state?
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie recently sat down with The Daily Circuit to answer your questions about the voting process.
An arts and craft supply chain that wants to block enforcement of part of a new health care law that requires employers to cover insurance costs for the morning-after pill and the week-after pill is heading to court.
The Minnesota Nurses Association has accepted an offer from six Twin Cities hospital systems to hold early contract negotiations.
Minnesota farmers are finishing the corn and sunflower harvests ahead of the five-year average.
Xcel Energy Inc. says its Prairie Island nuclear plant near Red Wing declared an "unusual event" after some security equipment failed.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Law Enforcement developed the new app and tested it with state game wardens
When Minnesota's wolf-hunt season opens on Saturday, many of the permitted hunters will likely have seen a wolf before. Some have even felt the impact of the growing number of wolves. That's because wolves and most of the hunters with wolf permits call the northern half of the state home.
The races for president and U.S. Senate and the proposed constitutional amendments on the Minnesota ballot have received plenty of attention this year.
Attorneys in the child pornography case involving a Minnesota football coach have a couple of more weeks to submit further arguments to a judge.
There's nothing like a natural disaster to test the depth of politicians' preference for small government.
Flights resumed, but slowly. The New York Stock Exchange got back to business, but on generator power. And with the subways still down, great numbers of people walked across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan in a reverse of the exodus of 9/11.
English band Paper Lace is considered a one hit wonder in the U.S. with their 1970's hit, "The Night Chicago Died." They had another hit over in the U.K., "Billy Don't Be a Hero." Before they could even release it in the U.S., Cincinnati group Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods covered it and scored a #1 hit.

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