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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Eagan native Nicholas Mrozinski will be coming home after placing third on NBC's vocal competition show "The Voice." Mrozinski, known to the audience as Nicholas David, was one of the three finalists on the program. (12/18/2012)
The Department of Agriculture reports food stamp recipients redeemed almost $150,000 from Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012 at the state's farmers markets and with direct marketing farmers -- such as those at roadside stands. (12/18/2012)
The Stearns County Sheriff's Office has released transcripts of two 911 calls placed on the night Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker was killed. The transcripts provide a brief firsthand account of the shooting scene. (12/18/2012)
Investors shunned some of the nation's largest gun makers Tuesday, putting up for sale the manufacturer of the Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle used in the Connecticut school shooting and worrying that the attack could soon bring stricter gun laws.
Paynesville High School in central Minnesota closed early Tuesday after several students fell ill with suspected cases of carbon monoxide poisoning.
In the wake of the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Connecticut last week, some lawmakers at the Minnesota Capitol say they're considering changing state law to make it tougher to buy guns. But lawmakers disagree over what should be done,
Minnesota's congressional delegation is deeply divided about gun control issues, just days after the massacre of 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Testimony in a workplace retaliation lawsuit involving the Minneapolis Fire Department began today in U.S. District Court.
Energy drink's association with deaths gives pause.
Nearly 90 percent of adults and 76 percent of children ingest caffeine in some form on a daily basis. Many Americans may not realize how much caffeine they're getting because manufacturers are not required to list the amount of caffeine in the product. What should you know about caffeine?
In 2006, a gunman entered a one-room Amish school and killed five children and himself. In the aftermath of the tragedy, the Amish community and parents of the victims quickly and publicly declared their forgiveness for the killer and set up a fund for the killer's family.
From Amazon Kindles to Apple's iPad Mini, there's a gadget for everyone's holiday wish list. What tech products will put a smile on the face of your gift recipients this year?
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary triggered a lockdown plan that teachers and students had practiced - and in fact, activated - on many occasions. How do Minnesota's schools handle crises?
St. Paul police have released the name of a man shot dead by police after he allegedly robbed a grocery store.
A central Minnesota man charged with killing two teenage cousins who broke into his home on Thanksgiving is out of jail.
The population boom in Williston, N.D., has been a blessing and a curse for many local businesses.
Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author and journalist Robert Caro, speaking at the JFK Library in Boston about his fourth volume of Johnson biographies, "Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson."
There is an alternative to mass-produced holiday greeting cards: Those that are printed, one at a time, on a 126-year old letterpress. And this year, Jon Drew is making the cards as a labor of love, for the widow of the high school teacher who taught him the craft.
MPR's medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg joined All Things Considered Tuesday to talk about what he considered the top 10 medical stories of the year, including fungal meningitis, hepatitis C and health issues surrounding Hurricane Sandy.
Today on the MPR News Update, Minnesota mental health professionals and educators address mass shootings. We hear from the son of a victim of a mass shooting in Minneapolis. Also, we have the latest on the Cold Spring police officer killing, a plan to move sand around in Wabasha, and on how the group that pressed for construction of a new St. Croix River bridge is keeping the pressure on.
The owner of a Duluth head shop and three workers have been charged in a 54-count indictment accusing them of violating federal drug and regulatory laws.
A new campaign called "Make It OK" is encouraging Minnesotans to talk more openly about mental illness.
Twin Cities union members are delivering truckloads of food and gifts this week for the families of locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak opened a new political venture while he considers whether to seek a fourth term atop Minnesota's largest city, a re-election decision that he said Tuesday he would make before the year is over.
Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service that Facebook bought this year, is the target of a storm of outrage on Twitter and other sites after a change in its user agreement hinted that it might use shared photos in ads.
State officials say they're investigating the apparent abduction of a female in western Minnesota.
Gas prices have dropped below $3 per gallon at some stations in North Dakota's largest city.
More people have started looking to buy homes, encouraged by a gradually improving economy, a steady rise in home values. At the same time, the inventory of previously occupied homes available for sale has fallen sharply, reducing the competition for newly built homes.
Democratic leaders who will assume control of the Minnesota Legislature in January plan to take a closer look at the state's gun laws in the wake of another mass shooting.
The Connecticut school shootings could mean a renewed effort in Congress to restrict access to guns. Where does Minnesota's delegation stand?
Nicholas David - a.k.a. Nick Mrozinski - sang his heart and soul out on NBC's vocal competition show "The Voice," on Monday night. Now his fate on the show is up to voters.
To look at the situation, MPR's Cathy Wurzer called longtime state Representative Mindy Greiling.
The Wabasha City Council on Monday decided against requiring an environmental review of a company that wants to open a silica sand transportation facility in the city.
If 2012 battered us with floods and tempests, and seemed especially dark in its final days, it was also perhaps more distinctively a year of mornings after.
New details about the Connecticut school shooting will emerge over the next few days and weeks. For some people, the extensive media coverage may become too much to bear. It's OK for people tune out as they cope with the trauma of the event, says a psychologist.
For the first time, the Census Bureau is giving U.S. households a chance to respond to government surveys over the Internet, part of a bid to save costs and boost sagging response rates in a digital age.
As preparations for a new St. Croix bridge move forward, a group that successfully lobbied for the bridge project is not stopping work.
Last week's shooting in Connecticut spurred debate about mental health care in the U.S. We wanted to take a few minutes today to discuss a new effort here in Minnesota related to mental health.
Following the school shootings in Connecticut journalists, critics and citizens wasted no time weighing in on how the media handled coverage of the tragedy. Was the reporting good enough?

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