"Celebrity candidates," knowing they can't win, have the luxury of saying outrageous things, get coverage for saying outrageous things, raise their profile because of the coverage, show up in polls, and then get more coverage because they show up in the polls.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court ruling that held Duluth-based Cirrus Design responsible for teaching people who buy its airplanes how to fly it safely.
It's been a very busy week in the news business. Take a quiz on News Cut put together by Bob Collins to see how much you were able to absorb.
The FAA has moved to solve the problem of sleeping air traffic controllers today by announcing 27 airports will now have two controllers in the tower during the overnight shift. Their primary job appears to be keeping the other controller awake.
The Red River is expected to crest at 39 to 40 feet in Fargo - Moorhead on Sunday. Residents there are cautiously optimistic that the work they've done to hold back the flood waters will protect their property.
Being fired for making an inadvertent mistake at work is not a reason for losing the right to unemployment benefits, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled today.
News the rest of us might miss has a way of getting Bob Collins thinking. Bob writes the popular News Cut blog at MPR.org. Cathy Wurzer spoke to him about what caught his eye in headlines this morning.
Gov. Mark Dayton is releasing his two-year plan to rein in Minnesota's $6.2 million budget. MPR's Bob Collins is live-blogging the release from Minnesota Department of Revenue in St. Paul.
Bruce and Vikki Johnson have decided to take a buyout and move out of their Moorhead home in advance of this spring's flood season. News Cut writer Bob Collins recalls the time he spent with the Johnsons during the flood of '09, when they decided to stay in their home and fight the rising Red River.
The Minnesota Senate today turned down a bid to prevent cuts in child protection funding in the state. Sen. Linda Berglin, DFL-Minneapolis, tried to amend a larger bill that cuts almost $1 billion in state spending.
A divided Minnesota Supreme Court ruled today that two Wabasha County farmers can seek money from an electric utility, whose stray voltage, they say, has caused their cows to give out less milk.
With his new book out, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is making the national media circuit, and providing ample opportunity for the people back home to fact check him.
A lot of the reaction to Saturday's shootings in Tucson has focused on whether angry political rhetoric can fuel this kind of violence. Bob Collins has been writing about the tragedy from a different point of view. Bob is the author of the NewsCut blog at MPRNews.org. He's written that this event raises questions about how our society deals with people who have mental illness.
It may be, perhaps, symbolic that one of the first bills at the Legislature this year to get consideration in committee was the bill to lift the state's moratorium on new nuclear power plants. A similar bill failed last session.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals Tuesday reinstated portions of a nearly 10-year-old class action lawsuit against Philip Morris that claims the company fraudulently marketed Marlboro Lights as a safer cigarette.