St. Paul Police announced Tuesday that the department is reopening an investigation into whether a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis had child pornography on his computer. Minnesota Public Radio reporter Madeleine Baran has been covering this story extensively. She's also covered other cases of child pornography. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with her about how these kind of investigations work.
The Select Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs will hold a hearing Wednesday afternoon at the capitol to learn more about the effect the drugs are having in the Twin Cities metro area.
In sports, the Minnesota Lynx have taken a one game to none lead in their WNBA Final series against the Atlanta Dream. Minnesota routed Atlanta 84-59 last night at Target Center. And the Minnesota Vikings had the week off, but made some news by signing free agent quarterback Josh Freeman who last played with the Tampa Bay Bucaneers. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke about both those stories with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune.
Bruce Kramer found a safe haven for conversation about ALS with a friend who also had the disease. They talked together freely and sometimes with raw emotion.
In sports, the Minnesota Wild are back on the ice for another season. In the opener last night in St. Paul, the Los Angeles Kings won a shootout for a 3-2 victory over Minnesota. The WNBA finals begin Sunday at Target Center in Minneapolis. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke about those stories with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a big, slow moving storm that's due to hit in the middle of the U.S. and last through the weekend. It's forecast to cause just rain in parts of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Orchestra is now without a music director and principal conductor. As he had threatened, Osmo Vanska resigned from that position yesterday after the planned concerts at Carnegie Hall were cancelled. The concerts, which were supposed to happen in November, were called off because of the orchestra's labor dispute which has been going on for over a year. Replacing Vanska will be a challenge for the orchestra for a number of reasons. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke about that with Drew McManus, a Chicago-based arts consultant and author of the orchestra business blog, Adaptistration.
Of all the members of Minnesota's Congressional Delegation, Republican Rep. John Kline is closest to the House leadership. He is a committee chairman and a 10-year veteran of budget battles in Congress. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him about the partial federal government shutdown that's entered its second day.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with April Todd-Malmlov, the executive director of MNsure, Minnesota's online health care exchange marketplace. That website and those serving other states launched yesterday with some technical glitches.
As we get older, there's no denying that our bodies change. Photographs of ourselves can be startling, sometimes unnerving reminders of those changes.
The Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers are in London right now getting ready for their game Sunday at Wembley Stadium. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Bruce Orwall about whether Londoners care. He was a reporter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press for eight years and is now the London Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal.
The Minnesota Twins watched Oakland celebrate winning the AL West title yesterday after the A's beat the Twins 11-7. Just a few years ago, the Twins were regularly celebrating playoff berths, but the team has fallen on hard times of late. And there is growing speculation that as a result manager Ron Gardenhire will be replaced after the season ends. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, to talk about Gardenhire's future.
The WNBA's Minnesota Lynx play the Seattle Storm tonight in the first game of their first round playoff series tonight at Target Center. We take a look at their prospects.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the up-and-down temperatures for much of Minnesota in the past week. He also talks about recent storms that have improved drought conditions. And he says next week looks warmer than normal for the Twin Cities.
Health officials around the country are facing "potentially catestrophic consequences" if they can't slow the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections. For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control is estimating the toll of those infections, saying they kill 23,000 people a year in the U.S. At least two million Americans fall ill from drug resistant bacteria annually. The new government report relies on data from Minnesota and other states that closely track cases of antibiotic resistant bugs. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Ruth Lynfield, Minnesota's state epidemiologist, about the situation.