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Friday, December 14, 2012

A man killed his mother at home and then opened fire Friday inside the elementary school where she taught, massacring 26 people, including 20 children, as youngsters cowered in fear to the sound of gunshots echoing through the building and screams coming over the intercom. (12/14/2012)
Advocates for gun control gathered at a rally in south Minneapolis Friday evening. (12/14/2012)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is closing the northeast wolf hunting and trapping zone. (12/14/2012)
In a state that was rocked by the 1999 Columbine school massacre and the Aurora movie theater shooting less than six months ago, Friday's shootings renewed debate over why mass shootings keep occurring and whether gun control can stop them.
In the six weeks since the election, Congress has been wrapped up with the issue of whether and how to resolve the series of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes known as the fiscal cliff. One of Minnesota's most outspoken members of Congress, however, has gone almost completely silent.
The locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will perform two sold-out shows this weekend at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis.
The Red Lake Band of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota will receive more than $21 million in loans to build a new tribal college.
The suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is Adam Lanza, 20, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred, a law enforcement official said Friday. A second law enforcement official says the boy's mother, Nancy Lanza, is presumed dead.
The Connecticut school shooting has opponents of gun violence planning a rally in Minneapolis.
The family of embattled Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell said his conduct with a 17-year-old girl is the result of serious emotional problems following his shooting a year ago.
A tearful President Barack Obama said Friday he grieved first as a father about the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, declaring, "Our hearts are broken today."
Rabbi Harold Kushner spoke in Minneapolis about coping with hard times and the lessons that can be learned from the Bible's Book of Job. His newest bestseller is "The Book of Job: When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person." He spoke Oct. 18, 2012 at an event sponsored by Park Nicollet Foundation's "Growing Through Grief" program.
MPR's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis review "The Hobbit" and "Hyde Park on Hudson" during this week's edition of the Cube Critics.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is reacting to a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school with a strong expression of outrage and assurances that school safety here is a "paramount concern."
A state-run program for mentally ill patients, faced with overwhelming demand, moved several patients into a medical treatment area last week in a last-ditch effort to avoid legal action, according to internal emails obtained by MPR News.
States must submit their plans to the federal government Friday for a key part of the federal health care law -- the insurance exchanges. But Minnesota is already ahead of the game.
A gunman at a Connecticut elementary school killed more than two dozen people, including children, on Friday. It is among the world's worst mass shootings. Here is a look at some others:
Two Minnesota giants in medical rehabilitation are merging -- Courage Center in Golden Valley and Allina's Sister Kenny Institute, based in Minneapolis.
There's been another mass shooting, this time in Connecticut. Also, we hear about the battle over a park along the Mississippi River in St. Paul, and the Roman Catholic Church licking its wounds after a bruising battle over same-sex marriage. All that and more in today's MPR News Update.
Best Buy shares fell on Friday after the struggling electronics retailer said it extended the window for co-founder Richard Schulze to make a buyout bid until after the holiday season.
Kerry and Juan Cuate opened a Mexican bakery, Panaderia Mi Tierra, in downtown Worthington, Minn. The bakery now caters to the larger community, bringing the diverse population together.
Minnesota's growing Latino population has been around long enough to put down roots, grow businesses and go through school, sometimes for generations.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer speaks with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the weekend weather forecast.
Joining MPR's Cathy Wurzer with a preview of that game and more on the local sports scene is Howard Sinker, Digital Sports Editor for the Star Tribune.
Poet Tracy Smith won the Pulitzer Prize earlier this year for her book "Life on Mars" published in the Twin Cities by Graywolf Press. Smith spoke to The Daily Circuit during a recent trip to Minnesota.
Susan Rice, the embattled U.N. ambassador, abruptly withdrew from consideration to be the next secretary of state on Thursday after a bitter, weekslong standoff with Republican senators who declared they would fight to defeat her nomination.
Danny Bettcher of New York Mills is being held at the Wadena County Jail for allegedly violating the terms of his release.
Gov. Mark Dayton has indicated his desire for a bonding bill in the upcoming session, and state Republicans have not ruled out the idea.
It's that time of the year when companies allow employees to make changes to their health care plans. We'll take a look at what changes are occurring in the employer-provided health insurance marketplace.
A new proposed teacher evaluation system is headed to a testing phase in some Minnesota schools.
Xcel Energy customers will pay more on their electric bill starting in January. It's an interim rate increase pending a final decision next fall.
A judge has thrown out a Duluth head shop owner's lawsuit against the city over a 2011 raid.
Luther Seminary in St. Paul is having financial problems. Its current president resigned after reports that the school lost nearly $4 million last year. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer discussed that with the presiding Bishop of the ELCA, Mark Hanson.
Belief and worry about climate change are inching up among Americans in general, but concern is growing faster among people who don't often trust scientists on the environment.
The U.S. will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory from potential Syrian missile attack, the Pentagon said Friday.
The St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department is using Legacy Amendment money to prepare to build a new road and picnic shelter in Lilydale Park, and encountering a controversy as it does so.
Friday is decision day for states to notify Washington if they will set up their own insurance exchanges under the federal health care law.
A Minnesotan born in Cairo explains his decision to vote "no."
More than a month after Minnesota became the first state to defeat a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, some Catholics say it's time to acknowledge the division it caused, so parishes can begin to heal. Catholic Bishops put significant financial and spiritual resources behind the amendment, alienating some parishioners. The biggest cost may be Catholics who walked away from the church and haven't returned.
While the "fiscal cliff" of looming tax increases and spending cuts dominates political conversation in Washington, some Republicans and business groups see signs of a "regulatory cliff" that they say could be just as damaging to the economy.
If nothing else, the next four years should be better than the last four. But the same deep political divisions that bedeviled 2012 - clashes over the scope of government and whether to tame deficits with spending cuts, higher taxes or both - will also dominate the Washington dialogue in 2013 even if the president and Congress defuse a ticking fiscal bomb.

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