Today we learn that the unemployment rate has recovered to the point it was at when Barack Obama took office, we hear Minnesotans may have been exposed to a dangerous form of meningitis, the trial of a Twin Cities terror suspect continues, and a university professor speaks with us again about his journey with ALS. All that and more on the MPR News Update.
Early snow helps wildfire fighters, corn farmers profit in the drought, another shooting victim is laid to rest. And what did you think of last night's presidential debate? There's all that and more on the MPR News Update.
The residents of a small town in northwestern Minnesota are back in their homes after fleeing wildfires. The state's tax burden is shifting from homeowners to commercial property owners. And, is requiring a photo ID to step into a voting booth an effort to suppress the votes of minorities? All that and more on today's MPR News Update.
Today on the Update we learn how Andrew Engeldinger 's shooting victims fought for their lives, the willingness of lakeshore residents to raise their own taxes in the fight over invasive species, a court battle over a Minnesota man's alleged links to Somali terrorists, and more.
Today in the MPR News Update: The Minnesota Orchestra is canceling its fall concerts after management locked out musicians amid a labor dispute. A trial begins for a Minneapolis man accused of helping the terror group al-Shabab in Somalia. And mourners remember those who died in Thursday's shooting at a Minneapolis business.
A normally quiet neighborhood in Minneapolis is rocked by a workplace shooting that leaves five dead and more injured. The Vikings settle on an architect to design their new, billion-dollar home. Minnesota's two premiere orchestras may be headed for a lockout. And we have photos from the passing of an era at the Cottage View Drive-In.
Today on the Update: Duluth's rush hour is slowed by unhappy logging truckers. University Avenue businesses in the Twin Cities are sprucing up to attract light rail customers. Other states offer little in the way of guidance on living with a voter ID law. And the president is promoting the idea of "economic patriotism."
Today on the Update, the lieutenant governor skydives, and we have photos. The marriage amendment causes friction in the black community. Norm Coleman has a new power base: money. And apple growers are facing a very tough harvest.
Today on the MPR News Update: Well-heeled outside political organizations are starting to pour money and other resources into Minnesota. The childeren of illegal immigrants are looking for ways to prove they qualify for a program allowing them to stay in the country. The state has embarked on am effort to increase safety for pedestrians. We have photos from that bizarely refereed NFL match last night between the Packers and Seahawks. And the feds are telling Minnesota to crack down on food stamp fraud.
Today on the Update: Voter ID opponents wonder why they aren't getting more help from the DFL. Iowans reflect on their experience with same-sex marriage. Minnesotans are coping with receding river water levels. Labor talks at the SPCO are stalled. And Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," wants creationists out of school classrooms.
Today on the MPR News Update: Tim Pawlenty won't run for the US Senate anytime soon. The University of North Dakota is pioneering the flight safety of aircraft that don't have pilots in the cockpit. There's more on the local tussle over live classical music. And, the Twin Cities get funky.
The latest Census data shows good news -- or is it bad news? -- for Minnesota. Fingerprint evidence at the St. Paul police crime lab adds to a brewing controversy. Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty is now a Washington, D.C. lobbyist. We get an update on the attempts to revive North High School in Minneapolis. And we have a three-part series on the challenges faced by rural healthcare providers.
Today on the MPR News Update, Archbishop Nienstedt defends the marriage amendment. The Occupy movement has a beachhead in Little Falls. Minnesotans have a new way to gamble. Lynn Rogers keeps feeding the research bears. And President Barack Obama joins those criticizing Mitt Romney for comments he made in a secretly-recorded video.
Minnesota is about to find out if a new way of gambling will really help pay for the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium. Voter ID proponents say they want to stop election fraud, but studies show that such fraud is practically non-existent. A new high school in Rochester is helping non-traditional students get a leg up in medical and technology education. And Mitt Romney is defending his controversial comments about Americans who use government services. All that and more in the MPR News Update.
Marriage amendment foes are putting a premium on friendly and compassionate conversation. The fiscal cliff that looms in Congress could put Minnesota's economy through the shredder. Jim Graves is campaigning to not be the fourth Democrat to lose a congressional election against Michele Bachmann. And look at the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam - the single bloodiest day in United States history.