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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

John Boehner
In case the public weren't frustrated enough over Congress' failure to resolve the "fiscal cliff," consider this: lawmakers probably could enact a compromise quickly and easily if Republican leaders let Democrats provide most of the votes. (12/26/2012)
Obama in Michigan
New taxes are coming Jan. 1 to help finance President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Most people may not notice. (12/26/2012)
Gun shopper
In the raw aftermath of the second-worst school shooting in U.S. history, countless gun enthusiasts complicate a gun-owning narrative that critics, sometimes simplistically, put at the feet of a powerful lobby and caricatured zealots. (12/26/2012)
An unexpected donation could help the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities hold off cuts to programs and maintain its hours of operation.
Some Minnesota water treatment companies are using false claims and deceptive sales tactics to sell their water treatment systems, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
A coalition of nonprofits and corporations fighting hunger in Minnesota says it has contributed more than 36 million meals to those in need since its launch in 2011.
We have long known that the Twin Cities are great restaurant towns. Rachel Hutton, senior editor of Minnesota Monthly magazine is here to help us trace the evolution of the Twin Cities' foodie "cred."
With musician lockouts at the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra entering their fourth months, many observers are wondering how they will be resolved. Several theories are circulating about what some are calling the end game.
Instead of telling patrons to put away their smartphones, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is offering a limited number of "Tweet Seats" to social media fans.
William Souder speaks at the University of Minnesota Bookstore about his book, "On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson." This year marks the 50th anniversary of her influential book, "Silent Spring."
Your password of gibberish isn't good enough to stop today's best hackers. We'll look at the latest in cyber security and efforts to create new computers that can protect your data.
We'll come down to the state level and look at what we might expect from lawmakers on the topic of education funding when they return to the Capitol next month.
If the farm bill doesn't pass as part of a new budget during fiscal cliff negotiations, the 2008 Farm Bill will expire and could cause the price of milk to jump. How will this impact Minnesota dairy producers and consumers?
Sen. Amy Klobuchar said the Senate had already passed a plan that would extend the Bush-era tax cuts for those making less than $250,000 and eliminate them for those making more than that. The proposal would take a big chunk out of the nation's deficit, she said.
With Christmas over, Best Buy, Target and other retailers are eager for shoppers to redeem billions of dollars in gift cards they received as holiday presents.
We have long known that the Twin Cities are great restaurant towns. Rachel Hutton, senior editor of Minnesota Monthly magazine is here to help us trace the evolution of the Twin Cities' foodie "cred."
The Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from two companies that want to keep their contract for work on a school construction project private.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is looking for helicopter and pilot services for its fire control bases in Cloquet, Princeton and Roseau.
State education leaders want to make sure high school students know before they graduate whether they are fully prepared for college.
Reports of violent crime in Minneapolis in 2012 appear to have leveled off after an upswing earlier in the year.
For many passengers, air travel is only about finding the cheapest fare. But as airlines offer a proliferating list of add-on services, the ability to comparison-shop for the lowest total fare is eroding.
Today on the MPR News Update, 2012 was a record year for cases of whooping cough in Minnesota, an MPR News analysis of state court data shows prosecuting parents for leaving guns around kids is rare, and native Americans honor the 38 Dakota men hanged in Mankato 150 years ago today in the nation's largest-ever mass execution.
With second inaugurations tending to draw fewer spectators, finding a place to stay in Washington won't be nearly as difficult as in 2009.
During the 150th anniversary of the US-Dakota War of 1862, members of a Minnesota Historical Society panel discuss what we have learned about the events of 1862 and how history is told.
It was a jarring cacaphony of sounds and voices. Young teens met up with strangers. Parents were clueless about how their kids spent time behind closed doors. Most people lied about their ages.
With a year-end deadline looming before the economy goes over the so-called fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama is cutting short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii, planning to leave for Washington on Wednesday evening.
Congress' failure to avert the fiscal cliff could mean that federal unemployment insurance benefits will expire for millions of jobless Americans. We'll examine what kind of impact that could have on the economy.
Longtime American Indian activist Clyde Bellecourt said he will fight any possible charges after being arrested earlier this week at a protest.
Long before the Internet, Jam Line was a jarring cacophony of sounds and voices. Young teens met up with strangers. Parents were clueless about how their kids spent time behind closed doors. Most people lied about their ages.
As he mourned with the families of Newtown, President Barack Obama said the nation cannot accept such violent deaths of children as routine. But hundreds of young child deaths by gunfire -- whether intentional or accidental -- suggest it might already have.
An enormous storm system that dumped snow and sleet on the nation's midsection and unleashed damaging tornadoes around the Deep South has begun punching its way toward the Northeast, slowing holiday travel.
The Minnesota State Patrol says the animal was reported near Minnesota Highway 73 south of Hibbing on Sunday about 10:15 a.m.
As a company, Macy's has been performing well in recent years, but one retail analyst says it will still consider closing underperforming stores come January. The St. Paul store's future isn't known.
So far this year, the Minnesota Poison Control Center has recorded 41 incidents where coin batteries were swallowed.
Digital contact lists may contain the information, but they're short on context.
As the case of an accidental shooting death of a 2-year-old boy rests in the hands of the Hennepin County Attorney, an MPR News analysis of state court data shows that prosecuting parents for leaving guns around kids is rare, but not unprecedented in Minnesota.
With more than 4,300 cases of pertussis in Minnesota, 2012 was a year for the record books. The state hasn't had this many cases of the respiratory infection since World War II. The problem seems to be related to a redesigned pertussis vaccine introduced in the 1990s.
Lueken's grocery store in Bemidji becomes employee-owned this weekend after owner Joe Lueken decided to sell to his 400 workers through an employee stock ownership program rather than to another company.
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, a DFLer who represents Minnesota's 7th Congressional District in western Minnesota, said it won't be catastrophic if Congress fails to meet the January 1, 2013 deadline to pass a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.

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