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.
On today's MPR News Update we're checking into the new federal rules for public school lunches, what to do about the dangerous amoeba in a Stillwater lake, the government not being able to keep your email address secret, and an Austin e-book author moving titles by the trucklod, and more.
Today, we report on another child dying after swimming in a Twin Cities area lake, Republicans who have "sticker shock" after seeing the price tag for flood relief, the governor denouncing accusations that he's pill popper as "a lie," and Minneapolitans shake hands and pass the mustard on National Night Out.
Minnesota Sikhs know about the prejudice that may have played a part in a mass shooting in Wisconsin. Analysts consider if Richard Schulze's offer is a best buy for Best Buy. And we hear hear about two Minnesotans taking it to the bad guys; one who uses education to try and curb teen gun violence, and a vigilante from long time ago who who eventually became the first superintendent of Yellowstone National Park.
Welcome to the MPR News Update, a roundup of Minnesota's news on your schedule. Today, Best Buy founder Richard Schulze makes a play to take the company private, Democrats in northeastern Minnesota try to topple Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack, and a Minnesota scientist talks about getting her hands on data from Sunday night's Mars landing.
Dale Carpenter, a Constitutional Law professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, discusses the legal arguments surrounding the naming of proposed constitutional amendments with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi.
This year, we are marking the 150th anniversary of the U.S-Dakota War of 1862, one of the most significant and controversal chapters in Minnesota history. It's a challenging subject to tackle, but one that people in Minnesota need to understand.
State Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr called on lawmakers Thursday to approve an increase to hunting and fishing licenses
Days after its surprise defeat in a Minnesota House committee, more plans for a Vikings stadium finance package are emerging at the state Capitol.
Former Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn resigned Tuesday amid an investigation into his personal conduct.
Phil Picardi talks with M.I.T. professor Pauline Maier about the early printings of the Constitution and why the time period is often misunderstood.
Phil Picardi talks with MPR reporter Tim Pugmire about the latest news out of the capitol.
Minnesota lawmakers are trying to block employers from asking job applicants for their passwords to social networking sites.