Today on the MPR News Update: What the frac sand mining debate in St. Paul means for southeastern Minnestoa, the fate of a comprehensive health insurance exchange bill, a look at fur trapping past and present as a way of life in Minnesota, why there are more blizzards but less snow, and more.
Today on the MPR News Update: A suspect is charged in the Oakdale shootings, the same sex marriage push has begun at the state Capitol, Gov. Dayton's tax proposal has Minnesota counties crying foul, childhood victims of abuse don't want prosecutions to be limited by time, and the Walker's Internet Cat Video Festival is on the move.
Today on the MPR News Update: Trying to make sense of the shooting in Oakdale, Minnesota reaction to the president's State of the Union address, ranked-choice voting will gets a workout in Minneapolis, and we tag along with some serious surfer dudes ... on Lake Superior ... in February.
Today on the MPR News Update: A child is shot and killed in Oakdale, Minnesota's members of Congress stake out positions on immigration reform, Red Wing is concerned about its mayor's lobbying for sand mining, and Minnesota Catholics react to Pope Benedict's decision to resign.
Today on the MPR News Update: We're still counting snowfall totals and school closures from a two-day winter storm, Pope Benedict surprises Minnesota Catholics with his resignation, and the Okee Dokee Brothers win a Grammy.
Today on the MPR News Update we look forward to the Grammy's on Sunday night and the possibility of a win by the Minnesota Orchestra. We visit a ranch in southeastern Minnesota where young victims of sex trafficking find refuge. And our radar's up for what might be a major winter storm hitting the state at the end of the weekend.
Today on the MPR News Update: The governor signals his support for same sex marriage, the impact of the sequester for Minnesota, the embattled St. Paul Police crime lab won't be drug testing anymore, the moose population is in dramatic decline and a theologian looks at a wildly popular show now playing in the Twin Cities.
Today on the MPR News Update: The gun debate at the state Capitol, campaign finance transparency, more free school lunches, and a potential alternative energy breakthrough in Pine River.
A bill moving though the South Dakota legislature would allow teachers and other employees to carry guns in schools. State Republican Rep. Scott Craig is the chief author of the bill and he discussed it with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi.
Emotions are expected to be running high this week at the State Capitol when lawmakers begin discussing several bills designed to prevent gun violence. Reporter Tim Pugmire previews the week ahead with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi.
When the Timberwolves take on the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at Target Center, NBA officials will be on the lookout for floppers trying to make it appear that a foul has been committed. Britt Robson covers the NBA for Sports Illustrated.com. He talked to Morning Edition host Phil Picardi about the matter.
Sens. Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota, and Orin Hatch, of Utah will introduce a bill today designed to help legal immigrants with advanced skills in technology and science continue living and working in the United States.
The borderline-crazy skaters of Crashed Ice are back in town. Lawmakers are looking into plugging data privacy breaches. Police want tougher laws preventing the mentally ill from arming themselves. And we look at butter. Fresh, creamy butter.
Today on the MPR News Update: Taking a deep dive on Gov. Mark Dayton state budget proposal. Also, Minnesota is setting some national benchmarks for Arctic weather, and some American Indian gang members go on trial.
Today on the podcast, the governor lays out a budget and tax agenda, lawmakers consider climate change, some businesses are trying harder to offer feedback to those they run away for jobs, and we have a photo gallery of frigid Martin Luther King Day events in the Twin Cities.