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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thursday is Give to the Max Day, a 24-hour fundraising marathon to support some 4,000 Minnesota nonprofit organizations and schools. (11/15/2012)
Several city and school leaders said they want housing policies to support racially integrated schools. (11/15/2012)
Four are dead and 17 hospitalized after train hits veterans parade float in West Texas. A semi trailer was carrying veterans to the parade when a train struck it at a crossing. (11/15/2012)
Griffin Productions, a new Minnesota-based movie company, will shoot a romantic comedy feature film on the Iron Range early next year. Work on the movie, which has a working title of "Thanksgiving at Denny's," will begin in the spring, with the aim of a fall 2013 release.
If there's one thing Minnesota employers have told state educators they want in today's graduates, it's this: The ability to start working quickly. But they say they can't find enough workers who have the skills to do so. Leaders at MnSCU are asking for additional money in their next budget to better prepare students for the world of work.
A teenager who posted his support for same-sex marriage online has been denied a Catholic rite of passage at his northwestern Minnesota church, his family said.
You might wonder what's got Minnesota Vikings fans all up in arms about the new stadium. It's in the fine print on the survey the team sent to its season ticket holders recently, which suggested they might need to pay several thousand dollars in seat licenses to keep their tickets in the new stadium. Here's a closer look at the Vikings' survey, and how it compares the team to other NFL stadiums with seat license fees.
Three-quarters of Minnesota households now have high-speed Internet connections, according to a new survey by the Center for Rural Policy and Development.
AT&T has ramped up the speed of its wireless data network throughout much of the Twin Cities.
Officers have arrested a man who fired shots into the air and caused a 90-minute standoff in Dodge Center.
Public health officials have confirmed Minnesota's 13th fungal infection linked to contaminated steroids.
In her new book, Mary Ellen Hannibal looks at what she calls the "most ambitious wildlife conservation project ever undertaken" to protect a network of conservation lands from northern Alaska into northern Mexico.
Our panelists will take a wide-angle look at the Gen. David Petraeus scandal. Do leaders have an obligation to lead moral and ethical private lives? Does this story further erode our trust in leaders and institutions?
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 for future geologists.
The commercial street connecting St. Paul to Minneapolis is like your favorite bawdy relative: quirky, over-sized, and rough around the edges. A new documentary suggests the avenue's glorious early days could provide some clues as to what its future might be.
Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed today is "Minnesota Recycles Day" and says recycling contributes to the state's economy and job creation.
William Alexander won in the category of Young People's Literature for his debut novel "Goblin Secrets." Longtime poet and author Louise Erdrich, 58, is bringing home the National Book Award for fiction for her book "The Round House."
BP said Thursday that it will pay $4.5 billion in a settlement with the U.S. government over the disastrous 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and plead guilty to criminal charges related to the deaths of 11 workers and lying to Congress.
Today on the MPR News Update, neighbors say new flight paths to and from the Twin Cities airport could bring more noise. Opponents of a proposed light rail line in the southwest metro fear it could mean the re-routing of freight trains. State lawmakers say seat licenses have always been a part of new stadium talks. Thirsty farmland still yields an impressive harvest. And, Minnesota's juvenile justice system has some serious racial disparity issues.
Gov. Mark Dayton took a softer line today on a plan to charge Vikings fans a seat fee to help fund a new stadium in Minneapolis.
Minnesota's jobless rate held steady last month at 5.8 percent, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
News and analysis from the annual Washington Ideas Forum held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. November 14 and 15.
Target's third-quarter net income climbed 15 percent, helped by a gain related to the pending sale of its credit-card business.
The financial losses for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 were nearly $11 billion more than the previous year.
The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications increased by 78,000 mostly because a large number of applications were filed in states damaged by the storm.
A criminal complaint charges Justin Stoddard with seven criminal counts, including theft of a controlled substance and misconduct.
Police and the Anoka-Hennepin School District say they're investigating a group of middle school students who took a fight to Facebook that escalated with taunts of suicide.
Authorities say a male student was grabbed from behind at knifepoint in a bathroom Wednesday night, but was able to escape.
Wisconsin's gun deer hunting season starts on Saturday and hunters will spot a special request on the last page of their regulations pamphlet. The Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters to keep an eye out for illegal drug operations. David Spakowicz, Division of Criminal Investigation director of field operations for Wisconsin's eastern region, discussed the situation with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
During his press conference yesterday, President Barack Obama defended U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice after Republican senators said they would try to block him from appointing her as the next secretary of state. We talk about the politics behind the controversy and what's next for Susan Rice.
The Wolves were without six of their top seven players, all out with injuries: Kevin Love (broken right hand), Ricky Rubio (left knee), Chase Budinger (left knee), Nikola Pekovic (left ankle), JJ Barea (left foot) and Brandon Roy (right knee).
As plans for a third light rail line move forward in the Twin Cities, some people who live along the proposed route between Minneapolis and Eden Prairie are concerned about their quality of life. It isn't light rail that worries them, it's heavy freight trains that would be rerouted there.
Despite suffering severe damage to their offices from Hurricane Sandy, the National Book Awards went ahead tonight in Lower Manhattan. And it was a great night for two Minnesota authors.
The National Weather Service now says there were four rare November tornadoes that swept across the Twin Cities last weekend.
A plan to alter the path of airplanes that take-off and land at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport was OK'd by a Metropolitan Airports Commission committee Wednesday.
The seeds Minnesota corn and soybean farmers planted last spring paid off with good yields and great profits, as the state's two largest cash crops should generate about $13 billion in revenue.
The ranks of America's poor edged up last year to a high of 49.7 million, based on a new census measure that takes into account medical costs and work-related expenses.
A survey of homelessness in North Dakota shows the number of homeless people far exceeds the ability to provide shelter.
The Youngbloods are best known for their hit version of "Get Together" (c'mon people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now.) If you dig a little deeper into this record, past the hit single, you'll hear more of a sound reminiscent of The Byrds and The Lovin' Spoonful. We played the side one, track one, Youngbloods original "Grizzely Bear."

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