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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Chad Greenway, Tom Bakk
Food shelves in northern Minnesota will benefit from an event Tuesday evening hosted by Minnesota's incoming Senate Majority Leader, Tom Bakk. (12/11/2012)
After a brief return home to visit their families, Nicholas David, Cassadee Pope, Terry McDermott, and Trevin Hunte all took to the stage Monday night for the penultimate round of "The Voice." (12/11/2012)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking designers of the new Vikings stadium to think about accommodating an unusual category of birds passing through downtown Minneapolis. (12/11/2012)
A gunman opened fire Tuesday in a Portland, Ore., area shopping mall Tuesday, killing at least one person and wounding an unknown number of others, sheriff's deputies said.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is calling a meeting Wednesday morning on the state's plans for electronic pull-tabs, which are not being implemented as quickly as hoped and might not meet the first-year revenue projecton.
It is up to Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra management to make the next move in the contract dispute, said the locked out musicians on Tuesday.
A communications consultant told a state panel today that building public trust will be key to the success of a new health insurance exchange.
A 16-year-old Rochester girl who was allegedly shot by her grandfather remains in critical condition at St. Marys Hospital.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says 80 percent of the metro highway system is clear, but many local streets and arterial roads remain caked with ice, making driving conditions difficult.
When you make your living playing and singing classic songs that were popular decades ago, audiences can be surprised if you throw them a curve.
This year was full of significant astronomical discoveries. Two experts will join us to talk about the biggest astronomical breakthroughs of 2012, including Alpha Centauri's orbiting planet, Curiosity and black holes.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said last week that rural America is "becoming less and less relevant" after an election where Democrats won despite heavily Republican rural districts. We'll talk about ideas to revitalize rural America.
What are the major news stories of 2012 that didn't receive enough media attention? We'll look back on the biggest stories that missed the front page and look ahead to what might dominate the headlines in 2013.
A new online project by the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences asks "citizen scientists" to help researchers learn more about Serengeti wildlife.
From the Climate One series at the Commonwealth Club of California, three climate scientists who were part of a UN report on severe weather around the world discuss the links between burning fossil fuels and severe storms and drought.
Sir Richard Branson will still own more than half of Virgin Atlantic, which will continue to fly as a separate airline under its own name.
Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue overturned the suspensions of four current and former New Orleans Saints players in the league's bounty investigation of the club.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is highlighting concern about the state's declining moose population by proposing a change in the animal's status.
Legal costs associated with a Minnesota Senate scandal involving a former Republican leader and her senior aide have nearly doubled, a new invoice made public Tuesday showed.
We have more on the state health care insurance voucher program that doesn't seem to be working very well. Also, we hear from the police chief who lost one of his men nearly two weeks ago. And, Minnesota wildlife experiences the drought. But first up, news about Delta Airlines.
The state's Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board says it is considering asking for more power to crack down on campaign spending by outside political organizations.
A Texas judge has ordered TransCanada to temporarily halt work on a private property where it is building part of an oil pipeline designed to carry tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast, the latest legal battle to plague a project that has encountered numerous obstacles nationwide.
What's with all those ice ruts in the road? MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Kevin Gutknecht, spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
He turned the switches and knobs to 'on,' but the problem wasn't that simple.
Delta Air Lines said it will buy almost half of Virgin Atlantic for $360 million as it seeks a bigger share of the lucrative New York-to-London travel market.
If Minnesota were a country, its 8th grade science scores would rank near the top, outscored only by Singapore and Taipei, according to a new report called Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study.
Data from the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study shows Minnesota 8th graders scored near the top in science and math.
Even with the outcome considered a foregone conclusion, the heated battle over so-called "right-to-work" legislation in the traditional union bastion of Michigan shows no sign of cooling.
The Healthy Minnesota Contribution Program was supposed to shift 4,200 people from the MinnesotaCare program to a voucher system. But the program itself is having a hard time getting off the ground.
The heavy snow that fell on parts of central Minnesota over the weekend may be too late to help relieve widespread drought.
Nearly two weeks ago, Officer Tom Decker was shot and killed in the central Minnesota town of Cold Spring. Police investigators don't have a suspect in custody. And they're still searching for the murder weapon.
It was 150 years ago this month that the U.S.-Dakota war ended with one of the most noteworthy events in Minneosta history -- the hanging of 38 Dakota men in Mankato. We hear the story today from the perspective of a Mankato native -- longtime public radio producer John Biewen. John heard next to nothing about the U.S.-Dakota War during his childhood there. Over the past year, John traveled southern Minnesota to places where key events occurred, so he could explore what happened in all its complexity.
The United States could see its standing as a superpower eroded and Asian economies will outstrip those of North America and Europe combined by 2030, according to the best guess of the U.S. intelligence community in its latest forecast.
Even as drought-stricken Midwestern states squabble over diminishing water supplies in the region, a new federal-state study raises the idea of constructing a 670-mile pipeline to divert water from one of the Mississippi's major tributaries to help seven arid states in the West.
Republicans on Monday pressed President Barack Obama to name specific spending cuts he will support, while the White House insisted the GOP agree explicitly to raise tax rates on upper incomes.
It was 150 years ago this month that the U.S.-Dakota war ended with one of the most noteworthy events in Minnesota history -- the hanging of 38 Dakota men in Mankato. We tell the story from the perspective of John Biewen, a Mankato native who heard next to nothing about the war during his childhood there.

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