News & Features Archive

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Supporters of medical marijuana face a tough road in Minnesota where Gov. Mark Dayton has said he won't sign anything relaxing the state's drug laws without the backing of law enforcement officials, who are showing no signs of budging. (12/12/2012)
Reports of child abuse and neglect have dropped nationwide for the fifth consecutive year, and abuse-related child fatalities also are at a five-year low, according to new federal statistics. (12/12/2012)
With Spaceport America nearly complete but still mostly empty, a Virgin Galactic official says the company will reassess its agreement if New Mexico lawmakers don't pass liability exemption laws for its suppliers. (12/12/2012)
A galaxy once considered the oldest has reclaimed its title, scientists reported Wednesday.
The head of a bus company has been chosen as Minnesota's next transportation commissioner.
A more lasting solution begins with an honest appraisal.
US Bank fell prey to a cyber attack aimed at America's largest banks.
Minneapolis police are searching for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman near Powderhorn Park early Saturday morning.
White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2043, according to new census projections.
Consider edible gifts that recipients can enjoy until gone.
Producer John Biewen and other guests participate in a live video conversation following Biewen's "Little War on the Prairie" documentary about the U.S.-Dakota War, and how to teach students about that event.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, of Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, is among those asking a federal judge to end the Senate filibuster.
St. James resident Irma Marquez this month became one of the earliest Latinos in the nation to received deferred status allowing her legally to stay in the United States for two years and to find work. Acceptance marked a milestone in a long journey, one that still leaves her with challenges.
High school senior Jhosi Martinez is making college plans, something that 10 years ago wouldn't have been likely in her hometown of Northfield, Minn.
La venezolana Windy Roberts usa el idioma para acercar a dos culturas en el pueblo universitario de Morris al oeste de Minnesota en el que una operacióón de una enorme empresa lechera atrae a veterinarios especializados de México.
Venezuelan native Windy Roberts uses language to bring two cultures together in the western Minnesota university town of Morris, where a large dairy operation draws skilled veterinarians from Mexico.
University of Minnesota Extension research is delving into how leadership shifts in towns with substantial Latino populations.
Las investigaciones de University of Minnesota Extension estudian los cambios de liderazgo en ciudades con significativas poblaciones latinas.
Preguntamos a los minesotenses dentro del área de nuestra red Public Insight Network, dónde se estaban forjando conexiones entre los latinos y los anglosajones.
Luisa Trapero es una rareza, una funcionaria latina electa en una de las ciudades secundarias de Minnesota. A ella le gustaría ayudar a otros latinos a tomar medidas para salvar la brecha entre las culturas latinas y anglo que frecuentemente existen al lado la una de la otra.
Si un puñado de personas que cruce la brecha cultural hace una gran diferencia en una comunidad, Peggy Stokman en Melrose es una de ellas.
La residente de St. James, Irma Márquez, se convirtió este mes en una de las primeras latinas del pais en recibir estatus diferido, lo cual le permitió quedarse legalmente en Estados Unidos por dos años y encontrar trabajo. La aceptación marco un hito en un largo viaje, lo cual todavía la deja con desafíos.
Jaime Villalaz y Lyle Danielson no se conocían hasta que empezaron a trabajar en un huerto comunitario que está ayudando a los residentes latinos de Long Prairie a desarrollar una cooperativa agrícola y a salvar la distancia racial del pueblo.
Jhosi Martínez, estudiante de cuarto año de escuela secundaria, hace planes para la universidad, algo que hace 10 años hubiera sido casi imposible en su pueblo de Northfield, Minnesota.
Rick Nelson, restaurant critic and food writer for the Star Tribune, is back on The Daily Circuit to talk about places to eat, drink and be merry this month. We'll look at the best places for holiday dining and some of the new restaurants in town you should check out.
How can a city incorporate a sports stadium into their downtown plan? Architects and urban planners agree that it's hard to do, which is why most large sports facilities exist away from city centers.
Several health care-related matters await lawmakers as the state moves to implement the federal Affordable Care Act by its 2014 deadline. We'll discuss whether the state needs or can afford a Basic Health Plan to help residents afford insurance.
Luisa Trapero is a rarity, an elected Latino official in outstate Minnesota. She'd like to help other Latinos take steps to bridge gaps between Latino and white cultures that often exist side by side.
If a handful of people crossing the cultural divide make a big difference in a community, Peggy Stokman in Melrose is one of them.
Jaime Villalaz and Lyle Danielson didn't know each other until they started working on a community garden that is helping Long Prairie Latino residents build a farmers cooperative and bridging a town racial gap.
Minnesota teens have experienced substantial declines in rates of sexual activity, smoking, binge drinking and other risky health behaviors since the 1990s.
'Left Behind: Dropping Out' explores the reasons kids drop out of school and what can be done about it. The special is part of American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen, a public media initiative supported by the CPB. Hosted by Andrea Seabrook for WNPR and PRX.
The Ragamala Dance in Minneapolis has presented its take on traditional South Indian classical dance everywhere from community parks in the Twin Cities to the Kennedy Center.
Central Corridor light rail planners say the second year of construction on the line connecting St. Paul to Minneapolis went much smoother than the first.
Twin Cities home prices saw their ninth-consecutive month of gains in November.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson on Wednesday announced a settlement in the lawsuit she filed in 2011 against one of the country's largest debt buyers.
House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that "serious differences" remain between him and President Barack Obama in negotiations on averting automatic spending cuts and tax increases that economists fear could send the U.S. economy over a "fiscal cliff."
Today on the MPR News Update, MPD Blue looks a little more rainbow these days. Illegal immigrants are speaking out more and more. And, the state considers changing the status of dozens of animal and plant species.
Gov. Dayton today appointed Charlie Zelle to be state transportation commissioner.
A Minnesota man is accused of forcing his girlfriend and her daughter to stand along a North Dakota highway in extreme cold.
The Cook County sheriff has asked state authorities to investigate Cook County attorney Tim Scannell after a family obtained a restraining order to keep him away from their teenaged daughter.
Stalled vehicles have been a common sight on Minnesota roads this week with the winter blast.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is proposing to list the state's iconic moose as a "species of concern," the lowest initial designation on a list of animals and plants seen as at risk of disappearing from the state.
Gov. Mark Dayton's year-old task force on broadband says Minnesota is not on track to meet the state's 2015 goals of making high-speed Internet access available to every household by 2015.
Sitar master and composer Ravi Shankar died Tuesday at a hospital near his home in the San Diego area.
Organizers of the Survival Preppers Expo in Bloomington this weekend are asking attendees to leave their politics at the door.
Some of Minnesota's home care attendants are eager to form a union.
Luther Seminary's president has resigned as the school struggles financially, officials said in a news release.
If it's supposed to be part of a sound wolf management plan, it doesn't make sense.
Immigration reform is likely to be in the national spotlight early next year, as the Obama administration and Congress seek to fix a system that's widely viewed as broken. The people at the center of the debate -- some who have been living and working in the U.S. without legal permission for years -- are increasingly making their voices heard. One is a widely known former journalist who will be speaking in Minneapolis tonight.
The military's small, top-secret version of the space shuttle rocketed into orbit Tuesday for a repeat mystery mission, two years after making the first flight of its kind.
A Michigan sixth-grader will put aside her nerves and get her ears pierced on her 12th birthday. Two law-enforcement officials will exchange wedding vows at 12:12 p.m. in Pittsburgh's federal courthouse. And gamblers can take advantage of promotions some casinos are using to lure in patrons who want to test their luck.
Nearly 20 years after a Minneapolis police sergeant became the first openly gay officer, the city now has its first openly gay police chief. The number of out lesbian and gay police officers in Minneapolis has increased over the years. Some police officials say the increase in numbers and visibility of gay and lesbian officers has changed the culture of the department.

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