Ron Paul's Minnesota supporters didn't let a tropical storm stand in the way of a massive rally for their candidate in Tampa, Fla. A long, hot summer eased by air conditioning raises the question: Is cooling the house heating the planet? And, Best Buy founder Richard Schulze gets the go ahead for the next phase of his plan to buy back the company. All that and more on the MPR News Update.
Over at the State Fair, supporters and opponents of the marriage amendment are vying for attention and votes. Lawmakers are meeting in Saint Paul today for a special session to consider a $167 million package of aid to communities in Northern Minnesota hit by storms and flooding earlier this summer. And Mitt Romney raised money in a sprint through the western Minneapolis suburbs yesterday and declared that big businesses in the U.S. are "doing fine." All that and more in today's Update.
In the Update today, the Minnesota State Fair gets underway, Minnesota State Mankato deals with a scandal involving allegations of child pornography, and a legislative seat the DFL once had locked up is now up for grabs. And we look at the challenges faced by Minnesotas two premiere orchestras, and whether both can survive.
Vice President Joe Biden brings the presidential race to Minneapolis. The head football coach at Minnesota State University-Mankato was arrested and is facing possible child pornography charges. A Minneapolis park police officer is recovering from a stab wound after a confrontation with a robbery suspect. Pigs will be welcome at the state fair, despite concerns about influenza. And Minnesota high school students continue to perform above average on the ACT college entrance exam.
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.
Police are looking for a suspect in a fatal shooting on the north side of Minneapolis.
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.