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Friday, November 16, 2012

Vikings stadium rendering
Women and minority-owned businesses are targeted for inclusion in the design and planning of the new Minnesota Vikings Stadium. (11/16/2012)
Low Mississippi
Fifteen senators from eight Mississippi River states are urging the Army Corps of Engineers to take steps to keep barges moving on the Mississippi. (11/16/2012)
Schmidt Brewery
The former site of Schmidt Brewery in St. Paul is on track to become a mix of businesses and residences, with hundreds of affordable artist lofts and an art-themed miniature golf course. (11/16/2012)
At least three people died Friday in a fiery head-on collision between a school bus and a car in Inver Grove Heights, police said.
A state health insurance exchange will cost $54 million in 2015 to operate, says the Dayton administration.
A police brutality lawsuit and a personal injury claim were settled Friday.
Americans get too many calories from soda. But what about alcohol? It turns out adults get almost as many empty calories from booze as from soft drinks, a government study found.
Supervalu announced Friday it's freezing pay for some 10,000 salaried and hourly workers as it tries to become more attractive for potential buyers. Union employees are thinking a lot about who might buy all or parts of the grocery store giant and how union-friendly -- or unfriendly -- a corporate buyer might be.
DNR officials say Bowstring Lake in northern Itasca County is the latest Minnesota lake discovered to be invaded by faucet snails.
Flint Hills Resources has revealed plans for a $400 million upgrade of its 57-year-old Pine Bend Refinery in Rosemount.
Let's not panic. We all know that Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Wonder bread and the rest of Hostess Brands' oddly everlasting foods aren't going away any time soon, even if the food culture that created them is gasping its last.
Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr chat about the new Steven Spielberg movie about our current president's favorite president, a film about a physician who changed the course of Danish history, plus a celebration of a Japanese anime master.
News and analysis from the annual Washington Ideas Forum held at the Newseum in Washington, DC on November 14 and 15, 2012.
Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus told lawmakers Friday that classified intelligence showed the deadly raid on the U.S. Consulate in Libya was a terrorist attack, but that the administration withheld the suspected role of specific al-Qaida affiliates to avoid tipping off the terrorist groups.
Minneapolis police have given the all clear after they responded to a report of shots fired inside a downtown office building.
Today on the MPR News Update, Democrats set to take control of the Minnesota Legislature are going to be seeing a long wish list of funding requests from various interest groups. The debate over what the Vikings can do regarding seat license fees for their new stadium continues. Minnesota colleges are looking at ways to improve students' readiness for the workplace. And a new movie about University Avenue shows how its gritty, quirky nature could provide some clues as to what its future might be.
Palestinian militants fired a rocket aimed at Jerusalem on Friday, setting off air raid sirens throughout the city and opening a new front in three days of fierce fighting between Israel and armed groups in the Gaza Strip.
Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chairwoman Michelle Kelm-Helgen says the legislation authorizing the new stadium gives the team clear authority to pursue the licenses.
An explosion and fire ripped through a Gulf oil platform Friday as workers used a cutting torch, sending four people to a hospital with burns and leaving two missing in waters off Louisiana.
To discuss what it means for food safety when this program ends, is Fred Pritzker, a Twin Cities attorney who specializes in foodborne illness. He joins MPR's Cathy Wurzer by phone.
LIVE coverage from the BBC World Service on the increasing violence between Palestinians and Israelis.
Above normal temperatures are expected to dominate the weather into the weekend and next week, as temperatures average several degrees above normal and we see frequent sunny skies. Little chance for precipitation through next Wednesday.
Gov. Scott Walker says Wisconsin will not set up a health insurance exchange under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
This week, an early season snowfall made roads a mess for commuters, anglers on Lake Superior brought in a haul of herring and farmers looked back on what was a surprisingly fruitful year.
The NHL lockout is well into its second month, with no end in sight. We'll get an update on the negotiations, and how find out how St. Paul businesses are being impacted.
William Alexander's debut novel "Goblin Secrets," received the Young People's Literature Prize. The fantasy story is about a boy in search of his brother, set in a world where acting is illegal unless you are a goblin.
We'll take a look at China's new leader, Xi Jinping. Will he be able to maintain China's growing economic and military strength and answer the Chinese people's demand for greater rights?
Former CIA Director David Petraeus testifies before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees today on the Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attack against the U.S. consulate. What will the committee want to know?
A man convicted of fatally punching a man outside a bar in St. Louis County has been sentenced to a maximum 18 years in prison.
A group of nearly 100 Catholics is calling for accountability and transparency in the church's finances.
Hostess, the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, is going out of business, closing plants, laying off its 18,500 workers and putting its brands up for sale.
In its fourth year, Give to the Max Day set new records for fundraising, despite technical glitches which plagued the website for much of the day.
Minnesota has completed the refinancing of tobacco revenue bonds after the state Supreme Court ruled the move is constitutional.
Marriage vote was a different story in small towns and farm communities.
As Democrats prepare to take control of the Minnesota Legislature, interest groups have started lining up with funding wish lists for the 2013 session. There's a pent-up demand for spending after a series of budget deficits and two years of Republicans in charge.
There may be hope for a shuttered lumber mill in Grand Rapids. The Ainsworth wood plant has been closed since 2009. Now, a Michigan-based company has signed a purchase agreement for the 120-acre site. Company officials have been tight-lipped about their intentions, but some industry experts predict it could become part of an emerging bioenergy industry.

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