Today on the MPR News Update: Snow sends us into the weekend, there's more bad news from the St. Paul police crime lab, lawmakers consider alternates to the governor's budget proposal, other states are also fixing their budgets, and the flu vaccine isn't working that well for older folks.
Today on the MPR News Update: Somali students say they don't feel safe at South High School in Minneapolis, legislators are getting their first look at the governor's proposed public school funding bill, educators are asking the Legislature to reconsider last year's law on teacher testing, and more.
Today on the MPR News Update: The frac sand debate moves from southeastern Minnesota to the State Capitol today, Minnesota industry is doing a better job of scrubbing mercury from its emissions, we get a hot beverage on a cold day from a Twin Cities coffee shop that specializes in Arctic Circle home brew, and we'll hear from a woman who's Army sergeant son took his own life.
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.