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Monday, December 10, 2012

President Barack Obama is trying to spend what former President George W. Bush called 'political capital." That's the good will and clout you get from a re-election victory. (12/10/2012)
Snow shoveling
Let's face it, with a snow dump like we just had, it's tough to keep our sidewalks properly cleared. (12/10/2012)
The Anoka-Hennepin School Board listened to testimony but took no action Monday evening after a group presented a petition seeking the ouster of one member of the district's anti-bullying task force. (12/10/2012)
T-Mobile has upgraded its wireless voice and data services in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud.
Gov. Rick Snyder says one reason he supports right-to-work legislation in Michigan is the economic boost a similar law has given Indiana, although officials have provided no conclusive evidence that the policy by itself has drawn new businesses to the state next door.
Marijuana for recreational use became legal in Colorado Monday, when the governor took a purposely low-key procedural step of declaring the voter-approved change part of the state constitution.
It's a meetup, it's a party, it's a spectacle: SantaCon is coming to town -- in fact, to nearly 300 towns and cities around the world.
The FBI says the number of hate crimes reported to police in 2011 declined slightly compared to the previous year.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Board Chair Dobby Gibson cited a budget deficit as confirmation that the orchestra needs to make substantial long-term cuts in order to remain a viable institution.
States must commit to fully expanding their Medicaid programs to take advantage of generous funding in the federal health care law, the Obama administration said Monday.
President Barack Obama warned Monday that he "won't compromise" on his demands that the wealthiest Americans pay higher tax rates, digging in on the chief sticking point between the White House and Republicans as they seek a way to avert the "fiscal cliff."
A Mankato native, John Biewen, revisits the places where the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 took place, and explores the way this history is told.
Gov. Mark Dayton says Minnesota politicians should be allowed to accept larger campaign contributions.
Keith Bellows, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine, and Rudy Maxa will join us to discuss travel experiences that truly changed or enlightened them.
Have you made poor decisions in your life because you couldn't slow down to think critically about your choices? Do you give yourself enough time to make good decisions, especially with regard to your financial affairs?
According to the monthly report released Friday by the Labor Department, unemployment rates dropped to the lowest rate in four years. We'll look at what the jobs report means for the U.S. economy.
People in Minnesota and western Wisconsin are digging out Monday after the biggest snowstorm in nearly two years dumped more than a foot of snow in many areas.
In an experimental treatment that may be the only way they can save some people who have contracted a dangerous colon infection, some Minnesota doctors are transplanting donated human feces into their patients' colons.
Court documents show a Minnesota man accused of fatally shooting two teenagers has a surveillance system that recorded video of the cousins as they broke into his home Thanksgiving Day.
Merck's charitable foundation has stopped giving money to the Boy Scouts of America.
A former accounting director for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been charged with failing to pay taxes and filing false returns.
Some school districts in Minnesota want parents to pick up the tab for insuring expensive tablet computers that are given to students.
Today on the MPR News Update, we report on questions being asked about the ethical behavior of a St. Cloud state lawmaker, a trail of tears from South Dakota to Mankato, and the more than 16 inches of snow that fell on parts of Minnesota over the weekend. We'll look at the weather first.
You're pulled over on the side of highway, your passenger is sick, and a cop pulls up behind you. He smells alcohol in the car. If the state trooper orders you out of the car, do you have to get out? Today, the Minnesota Court of Appeals said "yes."
The Obama administration says it's investigating software companies that make cellphone apps to determine whether they are violating the privacy rights of children.
Kerri's book Pick of the Week is Ron Rash's upcoming collection of short stories, "Nothing Gold Can Stay." Kerri calls it "mesmerizing."
Police say the girl's 8-year-old cousin tried to help her, but both had to be rescued by a neighbor and officers.
Schools districts investing millions of dollars in electronics are asking parents to take financial responsibility for the digital devices in the event they are lost, stolen, damaged or broken.
Itasca County sheriff's officials have identified the man found dead following a car fire in Balsam Township.
The U.S. Supreme Court denied Jack Baker and Michael McConnell the right to marry in the early 1970s. It took the court another 40 years to revisit same-sex marriage rights, and Baker and McConnell - still together in Minneapolis - are alive to see it.
Snowplows are clearing the streets in Minneapolis and St. Paul, which both declared their first snow emergencies of the winter. More than 8 inches of snow was reported by observers in St. Paul, and nearly 12 inches in north Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra have both canceled concerts through mid-December and have locked out their musicians. Euan Kerr, MPR News arts reporter, joins us to update us on the latest lockout news and take your questions.
This table shows snowfall totals from noon Sunday to 7:30 a.m. Monday across the region as reported to Iowa State University's Mesonet network.
Same-sex marriage supporters see 41 reasons to fret over the Supreme Court's decision to take up the case of California's ban on same-sex unions.
A community in decline suffers a calamity, and what happens? People make it worse.
Dakota Indian horseback riders and support teams are gathering in South Dakota on Monday for an annual memorial journey to southern Minnesota. Their ride will end in Mankato on Dec. 26, the 150th anniversary of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. On that day in 1862, 38 Dakota men were hanged from a single gallows platform in downtown Mankato in retribution for the US-Dakota war.
Art bartering is a common practice in the local arts community, where artists trade their paintings, music and jewelry in exchange for another artist's work or services. Local artists who sometimes struggle to assess the value of their own work said bartering is a way to get something of value in exchange for their work -- without worrying about what to write on the price tag.
A Republican state representative who steered legislation through the House to drop thousands of people from state-run MinnesotaCare is an independent contractor for an insurance brokerage firm that lobbied for the change. Rep. Steve Gottwalt and his Senate counterpart, David Hann, have business links to the insurance industry, which has some other lawmakers asking whether the arrangement violates ethics rules.

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