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Friday, December 28, 2012

Todd Hoffner
Minnesota State University, Mankato, has reassigned a football coach who was cleared of child pornography charges last month. (12/28/2012)
Snow during the past 24 to 36 hours accumulated in the Twin Cities, with amounts of 4 inches extending from Sioux Falls, S.D., to La Crosse, Wis., and on east to the Wisconsin Dells. (12/28/2012)
Anne Lamott understands the urge to pray and has written a new book about it. The author has always shared her journey through rehab, the birth of her son, and the death of her mother. (12/28/2012)
A transportation task force is calling for higher taxes and fees to improve and maintain the state's transportation system.
St. Paul's Planning Commission Friday signed off on a demolition plan for the site of the Ford plant.
The conversation since Sandy Hook has focused on gun control, mental health and armed schools. It should also consider the role of art.
The Minneapolis Fire Marshal says unattended candles caused a fire that destroyed a condominium building Friday morning in the city's Uptown neighborhood.
President Barack Obama says "the hour for immediate action is here" on a deal to avert the fiscal cliff.
The phones at Red's Trading Post wouldn't stop ringing. Would-be customers from as far away as New York wanted to know if the Twin Falls, Idaho gun shop had firearms in stock. Others clamored to find out if their orders had been shipped.
The Senate gave final congressional approval Friday to a bill renewing the government's authority to monitor overseas phone calls and emails without obtaining a court order for each intercept.
The Traumatic Brain Injury Center at the Hennepin County Medical Center will kick off a campaign this weekend to reduce the risk of concussions on ski slopes.
It looks all but certain that some 12,000 jobless Minnesotans will lose their extended unemployment insurance after this week. They're all slated to come to a halt tomorrow, barring a last-minute agreement from a deeply divided Congress.
Part 1: The founder of Surly Brewing Company, Omar Ansari, speaks with MPR's Stephen Smith, host of the "Bright Ideas" series. Part 2: Live coverage of President Obama's statement on the fiscal cliff negotiations.
Google's Global Impact Awards are meant to spur innovation among nonprofits. Experts say the new annual grants are part of a growing trend in venture philanthropy from funders who see technology as an instrument for social change.
Holding up the examples of Microsoft's Bill Gates and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, some college or soon-to-be college students are skipping the traditional higher education path and forging their own. What do some of these higher education alternatives look like?
Public input is sought on proposed angling changes around the state that would improve opportunities for trout and sturgeon fishing, as well protect flathead catfish during the winter.
Congressional leaders have arrived at the White House for a meeting with President Barack Obama in an eleventh-hour effort to avert a fiscal cliff of across-the-board tax increases and steep spending cuts.
St. John's has hired assistant Gary Fasching to replace John Gagliardi, the all-time college football leader in coaching victories.
One person suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation after a morning fire at an eight-unit condo building in Uptown Minneapolis, authorities said.
Not to be outdone in the annual media ritual of compiling a "best of the year" list, arts reporter Euan Kerr and Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis pick their favorite films of 2012.
The Minnesota Gopher football team is playing in a bowl game for the first time since 2009 tonight, facing Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston. The Golden Gophers won six games this season, which is the same number of games they won in the previous two seasons combined.
The NHL made a new proposal to the players' association, hoping to spark talks to end the long lockout and save the hockey season.
Minnesota State University, Mankato, head football coach Todd Hoffner, who was cleared of child pornography charges last month that stemmed from videos found on his cellphone of his naked children clowning around after a bath, is suing to keep the police investigative reports sealed.
Today on the MPR News Update. Here's some of what's been happening: Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak won't run for a fourth term; a grieving father is charged in the accidental handgun death of his young son; farmers are apparently increasingly digging up old cemeteries and Minnesotans are still keeping food shelves hopping.
Efforts to save the nation from going over a year-end "fiscal cliff" were still in disarray as lawmakers returned to the Capitol to confront the tax-and-spend crisis.
The non-winter of 2011-12, a stinking-hot July, droughts and floods: All that and more were among the top 5 weather events as compiled by the Minnesota Climatology Working Group.
Memorable stories from 2012: The Revolution reunites to benefit heart health
The 400 Bar, which was once a mainstay of the local music scene and has recently slowed down to presenting only a handful of shows a month, has announced that they will vacate their West Bank location and plan to immediately begin auctioning off memorabilia inside the club.
Joining MPR's Cathy Wurzer with more is Howard Sinker, Digital Sports Editor for the Star Tribune.
Minneapolis will have its first new mayor in more than a decade next year, after current Mayor R.T. Rybak announced Thursday he won't seek a fourth term.
Mayor R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis announced Thursday that he will not seek a fourth term as head of Minnesota's largest city. The news comes at the end of a busy year: The Vikings stadium deal, Occupy Minnesota, the 2012 presidential race and a groundbreaking choice for police chief were all part of the mix.
"Just his voice and what he has brought to this team and the locker room, it's been huge," Adrian Peterson said. "Guys really connect with him on that level. Just feeling his presence through his words and the confidence he has in us. Everything he speaks out there, we embrace and trust in his word."
In the past 10 years there have been eight drunken-driving deaths in Minnesota during the New Year's holiday, but none in the past four years.
Minnesota has recorded its second death from influenza this season. The victim was a woman in her 90s with underlying risk factors that made her susceptible to flu complications.
At 14, he liked knowing that he was going to be useful.
A Minnesota farmer is being investigated in connection with the destruction of a small pioneer cemetery that stood for more than 100 years in his field. The state archaeologist says the case highlights a growing concern.
The Latino community in the Twin Cities has a long history, dating back to the 1920s and 30s when Mexican immigrants moved to the West Side neighborhood of Saint Paul to work in meat packing plants and sugar beet fields.
Minneapolis voters will elect the city's first new mayor in more than a decade next year. Mayor R.T. Rybak's announcement that he will not seek a fourth term will unleash a flood of pent up political ambition. Within hours of the announcement, candidates were already lining up to take Rybak's place.
The Mississippi River level is dropping again and barge industry trade groups warned Thursday that river commerce could essentially come to a halt as early as next week in an area south of St. Louis.
U.S. consumers peering over the "fiscal cliff" don't like what they see.
Defying decades of investment history, ordinary Americans are selling stocks for a fifth year in a row.

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