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Monday, December 17, 2012

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg today met with survivors of recent mass shootings across the country, including the son of a man killed at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis in late September. (12/17/2012)
The Met Council's Transportation Committee Monday voted to recommend two firms for work on the planned Southwest Light Rail line. (12/17/2012)
Minnesota Appeals Court rules that the state's attempt to pay personal care attendants who care for relatives 20 percent less than other PCAs is unconstitutional. (12/17/2012)
As members of the Electoral College gathered across the nation Monday to make official the state-by-state results of this year's presidential contest, supporters of a national popular vote campaign called for a new method of deciding the presidential race.
The Minnesota Gambling Control Board approved two more manufacturers to provide electronic pull-tabs for bars and restaurants around the state.
The office of Sen. Daniel Inouye says the Medal of Honor recipient and 50-year veteran of the Senate has died of respiratory complications at a Washington-area hospital.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling Monday dismissing a challenge to the state's water quality standard protecting wild rice.
The state's largest commercial health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, has named a new CEO: Michael Guyette.
A judge has lowered bail for a Little Falls man accused of killing two teenage cousins who broke into his rural home.
Jeanne Calvit, our latest Art Hero, is the founder and director The Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Minneapolis, which serves 130 artists with a range of physical and developmental disabilities.
In the wake of the 27 deaths in the Newtown, Conn. school shooting, we'll analyze the state of gun control in America. We'll look at our country's current policies and laws and discuss why the topic is so charged.
The fifth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual will be published in May 2013, and it includes some big changes. How will it change how psychiatrists and psychologists diagnose patients?
Despite America's focus on Mexico's troubling drug war and illegal immigration, many believe that the tides are turning for the country. Last year the country had larger GDP growth than Brazil, and as wages in China rise, the country looks to take a large hold of the world manufacturing market.
Jeanne Calvit, our latest Art Hero, is the founder and director The Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Minneapolis, which serves 130 artists with a range of physical and developmental disabilities.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta makes a final appearance at the National Press Club to address military budgets and U.S. military priorities around the world. He is just back from Afghanistan, Kuwait and Turkey.
The FBI is in Cold Spring Monday searching the Sauk River for evidence in the killing of Cold Spring Police Ofc. Tom Decker.
The Minneapolis Fire Department will start accepting applications next month for new firefighters.
A grief-stricken Newtown began laying to rest the littlest victims of the school massacre, starting with two 6-year-old boys - one of them a big New York Giants fan, the other described as a whip-smart youngster whose twin sister survived the rampage.
Today on the podcast, some of the areas hardest hit by flooding earlier this year still haven't received much government financial help. Disaster "preppers" gather in Minnesota. And, not knowing English can drag a student's performance down in a number of academic areas. But first, everybody's talking about the Friday shooting rampage in Connecticut.
Let's forget the monster, and focus on the heroes instead.
Six months ago this week, flash floods tore through northeast Minnesota, ripping up roads and filling basements. The disaster caused more than $40 million in damage to private homes -- many of them without flood insurance.
A man suspected of robbing the St. Paul Kowalski's supermarket was shot and wounded Monday morning while running away from two police officers.
Teachers and parents across the country were wrestling with how best to quell children's fears about returning to school for the first time since the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Richmond firefighters are selling blue light bulbs to raise money for the family of a Cold Spring-Richmond police officer who was killed on duty in November.
The Little Falls man accused of killing two teenage cousins is expected to ask a judge to lower his $2 million bail.
We'll replay the remarks delivered by President Barack Obama at the Sandy Hook prayer vigil in Newtown, Conn., Sunday night, as provided by the White House.
A grieving Connecticut town braced itself Monday to bury the first two of the 20 small victims of an elementary school gunman and debated when classes could resume -- and where, given the carnage in the building and the children's associations with it.
A German holding company has bought Caribou Coffee for $340 million, the companies announced Monday.
Six months ago this week, flash floods tore through northeast Minnesota, ripping up roads and filling basements. The disaster caused more than $40 million in damage to private homes -- many of them without flood insurance. But some of the hardest hit areas have so far received very little state or federal funding.
More electronic pull tab gambling vendors are likely to win approval by the Minnesota Gambling Control Board meets in Roseville this morning.
Julie Blaha, president of the teachers union in the Anoka-Hennepin school district, spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about how teachers will talk about the Connecticut school shooting rampage with their students.
The highest-paid employees at the University of Minnesota last year were men's basketball coach Tubby Smith and football coach Jerry Kill.
After Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., we wanted to look at how Minnesota schools prepare for such an event. Did schools make changes after the 2005 Red Lake school shooting? How does Minnesota compare with other states?
As Newtown residents make plans to put their loved ones to rest, how do we as a nation come to grips with such a tragic and incomprehensible event? How do we talk to children about what happened?
He spoke for a nation in sorrow, but the slaughter of all those little boys and girls turned the commander in chief into another parent in grief, searching for answers. President Barack Obama declared Sunday he will use "whatever power'' he has to prevent shootings like the Connecticut school massacre.
The rising number of weather-related catastrophes is fueling a growing interest in survivalism. That trend was on display over the weekend at a convention in Bloomington called the Survival Preppers Expo. Organizers said they were providing a resource for people who want to be prepared for a catastrophic emergency.
The New York Mills Cultural Center will celebrate the winter solstice with an evening of music, food and conversation.
Though immigration has been a prominent feature of U.S. growth since the nation's founding, the modern age of English language learning programs traces back to only the mid-1970s.
The challenge of learning English can have many dimensions for the thousands of Minnesota students identified as English language learners. For some, it is a matter of survival in a new country. For all, it takes resolve, resilience and time.
To boost English learners' performance, some Minnesota schools are trying new approaches designed to help them more quickly grasp the language. Among them is Kennedy Elementary in Willmar, Minn., which has a growing number of students from Somalia.
Nearly 65,000 English learner students are enrolled in Minnesota schools, representing more than 200 languages. That number has grown rapidly in the past two decades, soaring by 50,000, a 300 percent increase in English learners.

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