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Thursday, December 6, 2012

In the wake of the accidental shooting death of a 2-year-old boy Wednesday, Minneapolis police are reminding gun owners to keep their firearms away from small children. (12/06/2012)
The players in this past spring's stadium endgame say they are reluctant to reopen the deal struck in May to build the Vikings a new stadium. (12/06/2012)
A retired Minnesota National Guard soldier is about to receive a Purple Heart, six years after he was wounded in Iraq. (12/06/2012)
Investigators are still searching for the .20 gauge shotgun they believed was used to kill Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker last Thursday night while responding to calls from the family of 34-year-old Ryan Larson.
Despite a lockout that's lasted 16 months, American Crystal Sugar officials say the company is on track for record sugar production. The lockout's effect on business is "diminishing rapidly," company President David Berg said.
New research suggests older adults may have less activity in the area of the brain that processes risk and subtle danger.
Panelists, including Brother Ali, discuss the changing demographics of the country and what it will mean when the U.S. becomes a "majority-minority" nation in the coming decades.
Union Depot's $243 million renovation is finally done and on Saturday officials in downtown St. Paul will reopen it to the public. John Diers, author of a forthcoming book on the history of Union Depot, spoke with The Daily Circuit during a walk-through of the building.
Supervalu may be close to selling off its two largest retail chains, Save-A-Lot and Albertsons. We'll look at what this potential deal would mean for the company and its employees as Supervalu tries to get back on track.
He took the summer off from his job as a professor at Macalester College in St. Paul to run for president of his home country. Ahmed Samatar is back from Somalia and thinking about the country's future.
The BBC talks to one of the last two men on the Moon, 40 years after the final Apollo 17 mission blasted off on 7 December 1972.
A Minnesota prosecutor has been ordered to stay away from a 17-year-old girl and her parents after being accused of an improper relationship with the girl.
State leaders have decided to hold off on awarding a package of mineral rights leases recommended by the Department of Natural Resources.
National Public Radio's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz present new stories commissioned for Hanukkah, which begins December 8, 2012.
Orchestra President and CEO Michael Henson attributed the shortfall to the poor economy and to the expense of the recently expired contract with musicians.
The Minnesota Orchestral Association is holding its annual meeting today. This year it's taking place behind closed doors, without the typical performances by orchestra musicians to punctuate the proceedings.
If the country goes over the so-called "fiscal cliff" in January, it could mean a loss of several hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue to Wisconsin and force Gov. Scott Walker to propose a more austere state budget than he hoped.
Today on the MPR News Update we report on Officer Tom Decker's burial in Collegeville attended by thousands of police officers, take measure of how lawmakers plan to deal with Minnesota's budget deficit, look at the state's economic prospects, and more.
A California jury says Best Buy should pay $27 million to a company that accused the retailer of stealing trade secrets.
The Phillies have acquired outfielder Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins for right-handers Vance Worley and Trevor May.
Across Minnesota, from a deli in Northfield to a YMCA in Worthington, stories show a shifting portrait of the state. We asked sources in our Public Insight Network about new connections between Latinos and non-Latinos.
Those acts, who scored the most nominations with six each, were joined by typical Grammy contenders like Jay-Z and Kanye West, who also got six nominations.
Joining MPR's Cathy Wurzer to discuss the issue is Chicago-based arts consultant Drew McManus who specializes in working with orchestras.
The Okee Dokee Brothers' latest album, "Can You Canoe?" is nominated for Best Children's Album.
Washington state and Colorado voted to legalize and regulate its recreational use last month. But before that, the plant, renowned since ancient times for its strong fibers, medical use and mind-altering properties, was a staple crop of the colonies, an "assassin of youth," a counterculture emblem and a widely accepted -- if often abused -- medicine.
The crowds of happy people lighting joints under Seattle's Space Needle early Thursday morning with nary a police officer in sight bespoke the new reality: Marijuana is legal under Washington state law.
Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in unemployment aid applications. The state level data is for the week ended Nov. 24, one week behind the national data.
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell sharply last week as a temporary spike caused by Superstorm Sandy has faded. Weekly applications have fallen back to a level consistent with modest hiring.
State Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, said he's "reasonably confident" Minnesota lawmakers will approve a new bullying prevention law for the state next year. Dibble has sponsored anti-bullying legislation at the state Capitol for several years.
Business leaders in the southwestern metro plan to push for more transit funding in the next legislative session.
Gov. Mark Dayton said spending cuts in all departments are being considered to fill the state's just-announced budget gap, but he said the deficit shouldn't be solved with cuts alone, and new tax revenues should be part any legislative package moving forward.
Minnesota's top economic minds are deeply concerned about the budget impasse in Washington, suggesting the fiscal cliff could cost the state 70,000 jobs over the next couple years.
Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders are not saying how they plan to erase a projected $1.1 billion deficit in the next two-year budget.
What will her own children think as they look through a box like this?
Visitors who come to Washington to lobby about the "fiscal cliff" include Gov. Mark Dayton, who had a chance to tell President Barack Obama what areas he thought should be spared if big spending cuts happen.

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