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Friday, December 7, 2012

"Fiscal cliff" ads
Debate over the "fiscal cliff" has money pouring into television, print, radio and online ads, picking up where the wall-to-wall election campaign left off. (12/07/2012)
Black boxes
Many motorists don't know it, but it's likely that every time they get behind the wheel, there's a snitch along for the ride. (12/07/2012)
They're moving at least one oversized load onto the old Twin Cities Assembly Plant property in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood. That beauty right there rolled down Ford Parkway and through the front gate as the snow started this afternoon. (12/07/2012)
Local entrepreneur Kieran Folliard has sold his popular 2 Gingers Whiskey brand to Beam Inc., the largest U.S.-based spirits company.
The Federal Communications Commission says the nation's four largest wireless carriers have agreed to make emergency 911 texts available nationwide by May 2014.
Jobs were a signature issue of the 2012 elections. And they're likely to be so in the 2014 midterm and 2016 presidential contests as well.
Americans swiped their credit cards more often in October and borrowed more to attend school and buy cars. The increases drove U.S. consumer debt to an all-time high.
The NHL lockout, now in its 83rd day, continues to distress St. Paul business owners.
State health officials are investigating a possible norovirus outbreak at a wedding in the southern Minnesota town of LeRoy.
The application deadline is approaching for independent foreclosure reviews that could provide financial benefits to thousands of Minnesotans.
The season's first major winter storm is rolling into Minnesota with significant snow expected over the weekend. The first of two systems is bringing snowfall to the southern part of the state. The larger storm could bring several inches by Sunday evening.
Officers who responded to the shooting of Cold Spring police officer Thomas Decker outside a bar last week were confused about whether to allow bar patrons to leave and where to set up a perimeter, according to an audio recording of the dispatch.
Another federal agency is looking into whether the state of Minnesota improperly set rates for its Medicaid program.
The Minnesota Republican Party's central committee meets Saturday following big defeats at the polls last month.
PoliGraph took a look at several statements from both sides of the aisle about the latest Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) forecast.
This week's movie chit-chat between arts reporter Euan Kerr and Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis centered on an inexplicable, freaky French film, and a romantic comedy involving a dreamy former soccer player.
The Supreme Court will take up California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals.
Dr. Otis Brawley, oncologist and chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society speaks to the Commonwealth Club of California about his new book, "How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America."
Regions Hospital in St. Paul has opened a new $36 million mental health center designed to improve care for patients and their families.
The line forms now for contenders to build the new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
Today on the MPR News Update page: Top state officials have declined to approve the sale of 31 leases to explore for minerals. Players in this past spring's Vikings stadium endgame say they're reluctant to reopen the deal struck in May. And we speak with the filmmaker behind a new documentary on climate change.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday he remains resistant to decriminalizing the possession of marijuana for medical or recreational use, despite recent steps other states have taken to relax their laws.
National Geographic photographer James Balog and Minnesota's renowned polar explorer Will Steger look to ice to document the impact of climate change on our planet.
Students remember Gordon Parks, the Union Depot in St. Paul is set to reopen and a police officer killed on-duty is laid to rest. All that and more in our photos of the week.
The man who has staged a free holiday light display in Duluth says he's grown weary of the legal fight over access to the event.
Authorities say the man who died in a fire at a St. Charles motel was from South Dakota.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he plans to include same-sex domestic partner benefits in Minnesota's state employee contracts.
Chance of mixed precipitation over the weekend, perhaps freezing rain.
Yesterday, the Twins traded Ben Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies for two pitchers. Joining MPR's Cathy Wurzer to explain what the Twins are up to is Howard Sinker, Digital Sports Editor for the Star Tribune.
The U.S. economy added a solid 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008.
"Chasing Ice" documents the rapid melting of ice in Earth's polar regions. Here's a selection of video clips from the film, and about the filmmaker, James Balog.
A month after the bitterly fought election, President Barack Obama has his highest approval ratings since the killing of Osama bin Laden, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll, and more Americans say the nation is heading in the right direction.
Although dead whales don't often wash ashore, it does happen. Getting rid of them is often not easy.
Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina is giving up his high profile in the Senate, where he annoyed establishment Republicans and delighted conservative purists, to lead the Heritage Foundation, Washington's best-known conservative think tank.
Protection of sites held sacred by American Indians and Alaska Natives will be bolstered under a memorandum of understanding signed Thursday by four federal agencies and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
A new version of the income-based federal student loan repayment program that's more favorable to many borrowers will go into effect starting Dec. 21, according to regulations scheduled for publication Friday.
As he and his family flipped the switch to light the National Christmas Tree Thursday night, President Barack Obama said he hopes the tree lasts longer than its predecessor, which died after just a year.
No snow boots needed in Milwaukee. Chicago commuters aren't dodging knee-deep snow drifts frozen along city sidewalks. And children in Des Moines are settling for ice shavings dumped from a Zamboni.
It's not shaping up as the mindless slaughter protesters would have us imagine.
Top state officials have declined to approve the sale of 31 leases to explore for minerals, pending the results of a court case.
The Minnesota Legislative Auditor's office will broadly review of the state Department of Health's administration of grants, after the auditor's office found health officials failed to stop a case of possible impropriety.
Americans are living longer, and Republicans want to raise the Medicare eligibility age as part of any deal to reduce the government's huge deficits.
The NAACP is going on the offensive on education, deploying volunteers across the country in its biggest push for a public education overhaul since the nation's classrooms were ordered desegregated in 1954, the civil rights group said.
A state review finds Minnesota HMOs providing services to public programs such as Medicaid and MinnesotaCare have generally sound financial practices. But the report did raise concerns about the plans' charitable donations and other uses of public dollars.
A $243 million renovation of the St. Paul Union Depot is completed, and the downtown St. Paul facility will reopen to transit riders on Saturday, kicked off with an open house for the public. Here's a look at the depot from a historical perspective.

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