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Published: Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:53:54 -0600


Tax filers in most states claim deduction targeted by GOP

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:05:33 -0600

Residents in high-tax, Democratic-led states appear to be the hardest hit. But some filers also could be left paying more in traditional Republican states, such as Georgia and Utah.

Chief of Puerto Rico's power authority resigns under fire

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:02:27 -0600

A continuing controversy over a $300 million contract with a small Montana electrical firm to restore power in Puerto Rico was one of many "distractions," says the island's governor.

With Franken's star dimmed, Democrats stand to lose major fundraiser

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:43:25 -0600

Sen. Al Franken has raised millions on behalf of candidates around the country over the years. And he has been a tireless campaigner for Minnesota Democrats.

Loggers' group sues to stop shutdown of biomass power plant

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:32:17 -0600

The plant burns wood chips and turkey litter. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Cass County, says a shutdown would hurt the environment and cost jobs.

Keystone pipeline leak won't affect Nebraska ruling on expansion

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:21:51 -0600

A state law passed in 2011 prevents the commission from factoring pipeline safety or the possibility of leaks into its decisions.

Tesla unveils its electric 'semi' truck, and adds a roadster

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:06:00 -0600

Elon Musk unveiled the Roadster's return toward the end of an event that was supposed to be all about Tesla's new Semi trucks.

Friday Roundtable: What does the city of the future look like?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:01:26 -0600

Should we all start packing for the suburbs? On today's Friday Roundtable, MPR News Host Kerri Miller spoke to guests about the future of American cities.

Xcel CEO predicts rosy future as energy moves away from coal

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:40:49 -0600

Ben Fowke, Xcel Energy's CEO, outlined the goals and plans for Minnesota's largest utility.

After Tokyo commuter train leaves 20 seconds early, company apologizes

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:01:00 -0600

The rail company says it didn't receive any complaints from passengers over the discrepancy; still, it is sorry for a "severe inconvenience."

Chairman steps down as NPR grapples with harassment crisis

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:25:00 -0600

As NPR addresses fallout of a sexual harassment scandal that claimed its chief news executive, the network's board chairman has stepped down and an editor has been placed on leave.

Minnesota jobless rate hit 17-year low in October, 3.3 percent

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:32:19 -0600

The rate fell significantly from September and so could be a statistical blip. One official, though, suspects it's due to steady employment gains.

Big House victory for GOP tax plan, but Senate fate unclear

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:58:11 -0600

The GOP measure would sharply reduce corporate tax rates and double the standard deduction many individuals take. Senate Republicans have their own bill, which could pass a committee vote on Friday.

Best Buy 3Q results, outlook disappoint

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:03:45 -0600

Every figure fell short of expectations.

GOP senator comes out against tax plan as it undergoes changes

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:35:00 -0600

The Senate plan would make tax cuts for individuals temporary and canceling out Obamacare's individual mandate. Wisconsin's Ron Johnson became the first Republican senator to come out against it.

Neal Conan special: The history of tax reform

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Historical context for the current debate over tax reform. In his "Truth, Politics and Power" series, former NPR host Neal Conan explores the ways our tax system evolved, and why. Is our tax system fair? Was it ever?

NFL says Super Bowl will benefit Twin Cities' image most

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:54:24 -0600

The NFL's COO said Super Bowl LII will benefit the region economically, but the bigger boost will be to the Twin Cities image --- whatever the weather may be.

State auditor: Rochester City Council misused taxpayer money

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:06:25 -0600

A review of expenses by State Auditor Rebecca Otto showed that the Rochester City Council's monthly dinner outings misused taxpayer money.

Senate plan now makes individual tax cuts temporary, keeps corporate cuts permanent

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:35:00 -0600

Amendments proposed overnight by Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch would effectively eliminate the Obamacare individual mandate.

Trump: China agrees North Korea nuclear weapon freeze not enough

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:36:06 -0600

Trump spoke Wednesday from the White House about his five-country Asian tour. He says he wants to update the nation on his "tremendous success."

Minnesota won't host 2023 World's Fair

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:46:37 -0600

Minnesota was one of three finalists for the Expo 2023 event. Argentina was selected as the host country.