On the second day of the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton gave Barack Obama a resounding endorsement, and we talked to blue-collar workers who may turn away from the president. A supporter of same-sex marriage makes his case in Minnesota. We'll hear about troubles in the arts here in the Twin Cities. And, an experimental pesticide may be working against zebra mussels. That and more in the MPR News Update.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak addresses Democratic Party faithful. Minnesotans at the DNC discuss same sex marriage. There could be a breakthrough on West Nile virus in Minnesota. And the first day of school goes awry in St. Paul thanks to bus drivers who don't know their routes. All that and more on the MPR News Update.
Today on the Update, we hear from Minnesota DFLers in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention. Many Iron Range taconite mine workers have a new deal to continue mining. As colleges begin classes, many students in the Twin Cities promise not to drink or take drugs. Dairy farmers are getting squeezed by the drought. And a new study raises serious questions about whether organic food is healthier.
At the Republican National Convention, Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty gets a convention spotlight and Paul Ryan gets a fact check. On the Iron Range, we watching a taconite mine labor dispute and new pollution rules aimed at clearing the BWCA's air. And we talk to the State Fair's neighbors about how they put with all the crowds, noise and trash.
At the Republican National Convention, Rep. Michele Bachmann shows that she's still a political star, former Sen. Norm Coleman tells reporters he's advising Mitt Romney on international affairs and Ron Paul's Minnesota delegates are still waiting to be courted. We have those stories, the latest on Hurricane Isaac, pediatricians opposed to the marriage amendment and more on today's MPR News Update.
The GOP has returned to its convention script, even as Isaac is upgraded to hurricane status and heads for New Orleans. The debunked claims about rape and pregnancy from a Republican Missouri Senate candidate have migrated to Minnesota's congressional races. The marriage amendment campaign's focus shifts to Latino voters. The state Supreme Court hands Republicans two ballot question victories. And we explain why the Twin Cities needs two world-class orchestras. All that and more on the MPR News Update.
Best Buy is setting up a room for its former founder to look at the details of its financial books. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with John Reik, who teaches at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, about the advantages and disadvantages of taking a company private.
Best Buy's second quarter earnings report is not good. A leading Minnesota disease expert says pigs should be kept away from the Minnesota State Fair. Minnesota gets a Supreme Court nominee who could make history. Prosecutors say the St. Paul Police Department's troubled crime lab will get independent review. And President Barack Obama draws a line in the sand over Syria.
Today on the Update, we're following the a shakeup in leadership of two large Twin Cities companies, Best Buy and the Carlson Companies. Also, we're reporting on a new trend, more young college graduates signing up for food stamps. Xcel Energy wants to end incentives for solar power and the children of illegal immigrants want deferred deportation.
Aug. 17, 1862 is a date that lives in infamy in Minnesota, marking the start of the US-Dakota War. We're covering that, as well as state workers saying they've been wrongly removed from health insurance rolls, the Minnesota State Fair preparing for swine flu, and a live-action game in the Twin Cities suburbs that recreates the attack on Osama bin Laden.
On the MPR News Update today, three Minnesota Lynx stars share their Olympic gold medals and thoughts, we look at the state's meager primary election turnout and Al Franken's money-raising prowess, throw some light the proliferation of video security cameras in Duluth, and interview a mysterious American pop singer from the 1970s who was really, really big in South Africa -- but not much of anywhere else.
Welcome to the first full day of the state's general election campaign. We're reporting on the results of primary races in the Minnesota Legislature, and in two key congressional districts, and what the results mean looking ahead to November. We're also following the Minneapolis City Council debate over firefighter staffing levels, a shutdown at the Prairie Island nuclear facility, and continuing out look at the impact of budget cuts on rural law enforcement.
Today is primary election day in Minnesota, so it's only right on the Update that we're leading with a lot of work on voting, politics, budgets and elections here in Minnesota and out on the campaign trail. We also have a mixed bag of national economic news and good news on Minnesota foreclosures. And there's a commentary on climate change, the drought, and "extreme" rainstorms.
We're trying to get at two of of the biggest questions in Minnesota this morning following Mitt Romney's selection of Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate. How will his choice impact the vote here, and what will former Gov. Tim Pawlenty do next, having once again been passed over in the veepstakes?
Mother Nature is keeping our attention: We report on a new, large-scale initiative to assess the health of Minnesota's wetlands, as well as Farmfest concerns about the drought's impact on the corn crop. We also take note of how women war veterans are changing the look of VFW posts, and tell the story of a Vietnam War photographer.