News & Features Archive

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Todd Hoffner
A Minnesota college football coach cleared by a judge of child porn charges stemming from cellphone video of his naked children is no longer on administrative leave, but hasn't yet been reinstated atop the program. (12/19/2012)
A Minneapolis man was charged Wednesday in a car accident that killed one and injured two others on Interstate 94 last year. (12/19/2012)
Proposed SWLRT route
The Met Council today approved two firms for engineering and design work on the planned Southwest Light Rail line. A former frontrunner for the contract, URS Corp., was not one of them. (12/19/2012)
The Best Buy executive charged with pumping up the struggling retailer's online sales is leaving the company.
A popular holiday lights festival that has been embroiled in legal battles over free speech will continue for at least three more years.
Some local gun sellers say last week's mass shooting in Connecticut has prompted customers to buy guns for personal safety as well as protection against possible future gun restrictions.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Verso Paper Corp. for the explosion and fire that killed one employee and injured four others at its Sartell paper plant last May.
A company that spent more than $40 million in taxpayer money on a coal-gasification power plant that was never built, now says it has secured the land it needs to build a natural gas-fired facility.
Congress appears unlikely to pass a farm bill by the end of the year, says Rep. Collin Peterson.
A lawsuit alleging some Minneapolis homeowners paid excess property taxes can go forward in tax court, ruled the Minnesota Supreme Court.
The U.S. Department of the Interior plans to spend $1.9 billion to clean up decades of mismanagement of Indian land.
A free holiday light show that's been the focus of preachers' legal fight over access is staying in Duluth.
The most serious storm in two years will dump over a foot of snow and bring blizzard conditions to much of the upper Midwest through Thursday night.
By some measures Generation X came out of the latest recession more bruised and battered than other age groups. Those aged 35 to 44 saw the biggest decline in net worth.
New research indicates that some people may be hard-wired for binge drinking. We'll look at the latest research, and what colleges are doing to fight the problem.
While the American economy is still strong, Jonathan Rauch says a fundamental problem remains: millions of workers, especially less-educated males, are leaving the workforce in record numbers.
As severe drought continues across most of the state, residential wells are going dry in parts of Minnesota. The southwest region of the state has been especially hard-hit, making residents and officials scramble to find new water sources as underground aquifers shrink.
For a third straight day Wednesday, funeral processions rolled through a grieving Connecticut town trying to make sense of the massacre of 20 first-graders and six adults in an elementary school less than two weeks before Christmas.
The Treasury Department said Wednesday that it will sell its remaining stake in General Motors in the next year or so, winding down a $50 billion bailout that saved the iconic American car giant.
North Dakota's workers' compensation agency is offering safety training to companies in the state's booming oil patch to try and lessen the number of job-related deaths and injuries.
A state agency is asking a court to throw out a lawsuit alleging that Minnesota taxpayers have been wrongfully charged for more than 37,000 abortions.
The creek north of Excelsior Boulevard was straightened to allow for development, and now the plan is to rebuild its natural curves and environmental potential.
We asked Minnesota parents in MPR's Public Insight Network to share their thoughts following the school shooting in Connecticut on Friday. We also asked them what it's been like to talk to their children about the incident.
Today on the MPR News Update, Red Lake high school students want to share their mass shooting experiences with survivors in Newtown, Conn. We hear about the possibility of a sales tax extension as a means of boosting state revenues. And, the popular mayor of Minneapolis is thinking about what's next.
We asked Minnesota teachers in MPR's Public Insight Network to share their thoughts following the school shooting in Connecticut on Friday.
Last month, 5-Hour Energy became associated with a different number -- 13 -- when the FDA announced it had received reports of 13 deaths whose circumstances included the use of the popular energy booster.
Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of "A Christmas Carol," using a special performing edition prepared by Charles Dickens for his own presentations.
At the Fitzgerald Theater, Kerri Miller interviews Chris Van Allsburg, author of "The Polar Express." It was the December 2004 selection for Talking Volumes, the joint book club of Minnesota Public Radio, the Star Tribune and the Loft Literary Center.
Lady Bird Johnson was an early environmentalist and one of the country's most influential first ladies. She campaigned alone, and sought to sell President Johnson's civil rights agenda in the deep south. "Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady" is a 2001 documentary from public radio station KUT in Austin, Texas. Lady Bird Johnson would have been 100 on December 22, 2012.
Even the most creative people sometimes find it difficult to find the right gifts for the holidays. But very few people would decline artisan chocolates.
Sure Advance LLC, based in Delaware, also agreed to stop lending to Minnesota customers unless the company registers to do business in the state and complies with state interest rate caps and other consumer protection laws.
The recent attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi underscores the dangers of extremist groups in Libya, and elsewhere in Africa. The rise of Islamism in Africa -- Mali, Nigeria, Kenya and Libya. A documentary from the America Abroad series.
Even the most creative people sometimes find it difficult to find the right gifts for the holidays. But very few people would decline artisan chocolates. The following chocolates are locally produced.
Robert H. Bork, who stepped in to fire the Watergate prosecutor at Richard Nixon's behest and whose failed 1980s nomination to the Supreme Court helped draw the modern boundaries of cultural fights over abortion, civil rights and other issues, has died. He was 85.
Spurred by a horrific elementary school shooting, President Barack Obama tasked his administration Wednesday with creating concrete proposals to reduce gun violence that has plagued the country.
Minnesota Democratic Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen are working to delay or repeal the implementation of the medical device tax that is set to go into effect on January 1.
The leaders of an independent panel that blamed systematic State Department management and leadership failures for gross security lapses in the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya will explain their findings to Congress on Wednesday.
Early plans for what could be the Twin Cities' fourth light-rail transit spoke are moving ahead, with the blessing of the city of Golden Valley.
Survivors of the Red Lake school shooting in 2005 are on the road to Newtown, Connecticut today to show their support for the victims and survivors of the elementary school shooting there. And they have a gift to share.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has formed a political action committee that will allow him to raise money and donate it to candidates for state office in Minnesota. Will he seek a fourth term as mayor?
The major tax overhaul that Minnesota lawmakers are expected to consider next year could include some significant changes in the state sales tax. Extending the sales tax to clothing remains an unpopular and unlikely option, but many other transactions could be taxed for the first time as a way to boost state revenues.
Instagram, the popular mobile photo-sharing service now owned by Facebook, said Tuesday that it will remove language from its new terms of service suggesting that users' photos could appear in advertisements.

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