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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Louise Erdrich's "The Round House" has won the National Book Award for fiction. (11/14/2012)
The federal Environmental Protection Agency is asking for volunteers to participate in a Community Advisory Group on the superfund sites in the northern Twin Cities suburb of Fridley. (11/14/2012)
Osmo Vanska
Both sides in the Minnesota Orchestra lockout are welcoming a letter from music director Osmo Vanska calling for a return to the negotiating table. (11/14/2012)
A new report out Wednesday shows significant growth in charter school enrollment across the country and here in Minnesota.
Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle say the prospect of selling personal seat licenses to Vikings fans should be no surprise, despite Gov. Mark Dayton's concerns. Officials say the controversial financing plan was discussed repeatedly during the stadium debate. stadium backers say the seat licenses may be better deal.
State agriculture officials are phasing out a federally funded program that allows them to test produce for things like E.coli and salmonella.
President Barack Obama challenged congressional Republicans Wednesday to let taxes rise on the wealthiest Americans on both economic and political grounds.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has completed its investigation into an officer-involved shooting that left an unarmed man dead at a Woodbury motel.
Laurence Steinberg, professor of psychology at Temple University, has spent his career studying adolescent brain development and his findings have led him to believe that our society needs to rethink the way we discipline teenagers.
There have been many reasons given for America's struggle in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Defense writer and strategist Thomas Ricks believes that the culture of mediocre leadership in our military is the true source of the problem.
Fisher v. University of Texas, a case currently before the Supreme Court, concerns the affirmative action admissions policy at the University of Texas. But the case could have far-reaching implications nationwide.
Thursday is Give to the Max Day, a unique and organized effort to spur people to donate to nonprofits in Minnesota during one 24-hour period. It's the fourth year for the effort and this time more than 200 schools are part of the mix too.
Nirmala Rajasekar's childhood was filled with the Carnatic music of her native southern India. As a toddler she remembers being a performer in search of a microphone.
A new report from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety details how the state's juvenile justice system is plagued by racial inequalities worse than other Midwestern states or other states of Minnesota's size.
Study finds that tough tobacco policies could save 55,000 lives over 30 years.
Behind headlines about the impending change in leadership at the State Capitol is the looming question of what newly empowered Democrats will do about a lawsuit filed against the Senate by former Republican staffer Michael Brodkorb.
Investors drew little hope Wednesday for a quick compromise in U.S. budget talks after President Barack Obama insisted that higher taxes on wealthy Americans would have to be part of any deal.
Publishers, reporters and authors gathered Tuesday at the New School in New York City to celebrate this year's exceptional nominees for the National Book Awards. In advance of the awards on Wednesday night, NPR recorded the 10 nominated authors for fiction and nonfiction reading from their works.
Today on the MPR News Update, we ride along with the herring fishermen of Lake Superior. And on the podcast, we report on the flap over personal seat licenses in a new Vikings stadium, the turnaround effort at Best Buy getting a skeptical read from analysts, changes on the horizon for Minnesota's environmental oversite, and a new growth in kindergarten school registration.
On Election Day, voters in Colorado and Washington cast their ballots in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use. In his recent cover story for Newsweek, journalist Tony Dokoupil reported on the booming cannabis business in Colorado and its prospects for regulated expansion.
Joining MPR's Cathy Wurzer with more on the ethanol industry is Jason Ward, an analyst with Northstar Commodity Investment, a Minneapolis firm that tracks agri-business and remewable fuels.
"My colleagues made it very clear: `Don't even think of leaving,' " Pelosi recalled at a news conference, surrounded by women lawmakers. "I have made a decision to submit my name to my colleagues to once again serve as the House Democratic leader."
The Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters and trappers who were selected by lottery for Minnesota's late wolf hunting season to buy their licenses by Thursday or they'll be sold to others.
Hennepin County commissioners on Tuesday approved an agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a $145,000 grant to purchase the device.
A committee charged with recommending security upgrades for the 17-building Minnesota Capitol complex expects to review a preliminary report next month and approve it by mid-January.
Authorities say the men were working on farm machinery in a garage when they were overcome about noon Monday.
Minneapolis police are investigating the shooting death of a man dropped off at Hennepin County Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon.
President Barack Obama said Wednesday he has seen no evidence that national security was threatened by the widening sex scandal that ensnared his former CIA director and top military commander in Afghanistan.
A Florida socialite linked to the sex scandal that brought down CIA Director David Petraeus called police for what she termed diplomatic protection after the news media gathered outside her home.
In light of the scandal surrounding Gen. David Petraeus, Thom Shanker wrote in The New York Times that "a worrisomely large number of senior officers have been investigated and even fired for poor judgment, malfeasance and sexual improprieties or sexual violence - and that is just in the last year."
Political and public affairs strategist Ben Golnik believes that political endorsements keep us from having the strongest available candidates. Should we abandon the tradition for general election candidates?
Should Vikings fans be asked to pay seat licenses to purchase season tickets at the new stadium? Gov. Mark Dayton doesn't think so.
Best Buy is promising to reverse the consumer electronics chain's slumping sales and falling profits.
For about six weeks in October and November, Lake Superior anglers pull thousands of the silvery fish, also called cisco, from the lake's icy waters.
Several hundred people gathered near Fort Snelling State Park on Tuesday for a sacred ceremony marking the end of this year's Dakota Commemorative Walk.
Several years of legal battles related to the Interstate 35W bridge collapse are finally over. On Tuesday, the state has resolved the last lawsuit related to the 2007 disaster.
Gov. Mark Dayton says Minnesotans are already on the hook for enough in paying for a new Vikings stadium without shelling out for seat licenses. But there's a potential upside for ticket holders.
The sex scandal that felled CIA Director David Petraeus widened to ensnare the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, in a suddenly public drama involving a Tampa socialite, a jealous rival, a twin sister in a messy custody dispute and flirty emails.
A new report recommends that the state of Minnesota bolster its main environmental oversight body and encourage more transparency in the review process.
This record represents that mid-point between the era of Jefferson Airplane and the band's evolution (or devolution) to Starship. This record still had some of the original members of Jefferson Airplane; Paul Kantner, Marty Balin and Grace Slick) and had the big hit "Miracles." Jill can guarantee at least 5 copies are available in each and every record across the country.

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