Hart Van Denburg
Travel Channel host and food writer Andrew Zimmern, and "The Perennial Plate" hosts Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine, get to bring James Beard Foundation media awards home to the Twin Cities. The prestigious awards were announced Friday night in New York City.
Writers have the Pulitzers, actors have the Academy Awards, and foodie fans have the James Beard Awards, which are handed out tonight and Monday in New York City.
Today on the MPR News Update: Gun sale background checks are again being debated at the Legislature, the latest Red River Valley flood forecast is out, the governor is raising eyebrows with another tax proposal, we talk to the movie director who drove 'On the Road' to the big screen, and more.
Today on the MPR News Update: We go to the state Legislature for a look at another gun bill, check in with the fallout from yesterday's shooting threat hoax in New Prague, hear about a smaller funding pie for the Department of Health and Human Services and visit a farmer looking ahead to planting season, and more.
Today on the MPR News Update we're following the hoax call that led to a school lockdown in New Prague, the fate of gun control in the Legislature, the DFL budget plan, frac sand mining regulations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, 'culturally responsive' teaching, and more.
Today on the MPR News Update: Remembering fallen soldiers with Minnesota times, one by one, since the 9/11 attacks. Also, questions over how to pay school districts back the money owed by the state, driver's licenses for illegal immigrants, concerns about the cost of a statewide anti-bullying bill, Michele Bachmann finds some government spending of which she approves, and lastly, is Rochester ready for growth?
The following is a brief account of the almost 100 military personnel with Minnesota connections who have died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan since the onset of hostilities that followed the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, as well as non-combat deaths and non-military deaths related to the wars.
Today on the MPR News Update, a late-season snow storm slows down the commute across the region, legislative leaders get ready to release their spending targets for the next two years, the state Senate votes on Minnesota's proposed health care exchange, and more.
Today on the MPR News Update were following gun, health care and budget battles at the Legislature. Also, we hear from Catholics reacting to news of a new pope, crime-fighting help for the White Earth reservation, Lou Belamy on the Penumbra Theatre's ordeal, and more.
Today on the MPR News Update: A Minnesota House leader chimes in on the governor's revamped budget; the prospects seem good for an increase in the minimum wage; one southeastern Minnesota community draws a line in the frac sand, meteorologist Paul Huttner discusses global warming that took place 55 million years ago, and more.
Today on the MPR News Update: The next stop for the same-sex marriage bill, the Wilder Foundation's new CEO targets racial disparities, a former boarding school teachers says he's not guilty of sex crimes, Penumbra Theatre is reborn, and more.
Today on the MPR News Update: Hearings open on same-sex marriage at the Capitol, the Ojibwe take ownership of two St. Paul hotels, more TurboTax problems, worries about pollution from triclosan and nanoparticles, and more.
Today on the MPR News Update: Scientists a worried that invasive species may be behind the deaths of hundreds of migrating loons. There's word that the governor and legislators may be in for a pay raise. The state is putting the brakes on Turbo Tax filers, and more.
Today on the MPR News Update: The Minnesota Senate OKs legislation that would create a health insurance exchange website, advocates for Indian women cheer the Violence Against Women Act, the governor backs off part of his tax overhaul plan, same-sex marriage opponents rally to oppose a bill that keeps moving through the Capitol ... and more.
Today on the MPR News Update: The Minnesota House gives a thumbs-up to the health insurance exchange bill, many Republicans give a thumbs down to DFL-championed election changes, and the state's largest cities hope for a legislative bounty, and ketchup-flavored potato chips. But first, the weather: