Liala Helal

Minnesota Public Radio

Liala Helal is a reporter covering the Twin Cities as part of MPR News' metro team. A Twin Cities native, she has worked as a reporter for the Star Tribune, Patch and The Journal in International Falls.

Liala Helal Feature Archive

Officials are warning a phone scam involving jury duty has been reported by residents and prospective jurors in four Minnesota counties. (04/16/2014)
Minnesotans have been living with the legacy of the dark comedy of the Coen brothers' 1996 film "Fargo," and it'll be back Tuesday night in a new 10-part TV series from FX. (04/15/2014)
Joan Mondale
Joan Mondale was influential in bringing the American Craft Council headquarters to the Twin Cities from New York in 2010. She loved to showcase to the nation the richness of the Twin Cities arts community and its philanthropic spirit, said council spokeswoman Pamela Diamond. (04/12/2014)
Ryan G. Scharber explained that he set fires as "an excuse to get out of his house for a few hours to get relief from his newborn child's acid reflux issues," according to a prosecutor's memo. (04/10/2014)
Among those happy to ease out of a defensive crouch against winter: PJ Lloyd. She was on her way back to her car after dropping off her dogs in St. Paul when she said she missed seeing the sun, birds, people and kids: "Everyone's been holed up for six months." (04/10/2014)
Police were called at 1:55 a.m. to the scene at the 4400 block of University Ave. NE in Columbia Heights. The pedestrian was hit by a vehicle driven by a 32-year-old Fridley woman, according to police. (04/10/2014)
In the metro area, where heavy snow fell overnight and through morning rush hour, troopers handled 26 crashes, two with injuries, and 76 cases where vehicles went off the road during the morning drive. (04/04/2014)
Gov. Mark Dayton joins us to discuss some of the latest news out of the state Capitol. (The Daily Circuit, 04/03/2014)
Four homemade explosive devices that look like pipe bombs but failed to detonate were discovered in scattered areas of Maplewood in recent days, according to Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell. (04/03/2014)
Star Tribune publisher and CEO Michael Klingensmith says he doesn't expect immediate, significant changes at the paper if it is purchased by Glen Taylor. (04/02/2014)
Snow is already falling in the far northwestern corner of the state, from the "cold side of the storm," and heavy snowfall, is expected for much of eastern North Dakota through north central Minnesota. (03/31/2014)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that an eaglet has hatched in the nest of two Twin Cities eagles monitored by a live webcam. Watch the bird and its mother on the DNR's live camera. (03/26/2014)
Cindarion Butler, 17, was sentenced by Judge Joanne Smith for his role in the beating in St. Paul's East Side. (03/25/2014)
An armed robbery at a Subway restaurant in Minneapolis Thursday was the fourth restaurant robbery in the city in a week, police said. (03/21/2014)
The city of Minneapolis is polling residents to explore the possibility of turning low-traffic streets in north Minneapolis into greenways with routes for bicyclists and pedestrians, according to a statement from the city Thursday. (03/20/2014)