Today's Morning Edition music is from a track off "Give the People What They Want," the latest album from Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. They will be performing tonight at the State Theater in Minneapolis. Last year she was diagnosed with stage two pancreatic cancer.
Today's music is based on the song "Hooked on a Feeling." It was a top five hit for B.J. Thomas in 1969. A different version of the song made it to number one, 40 years ago this week. It was by the Swedish group Blue Swede and it included a distinctive chanted introduction.
DFL leaders at the state legislature expect to pass a new minimum wage law later this week, after months of negotiations between the House and Senate over how high that wage should be and whether it should keep growing automatically. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dan McElroy, who's President of Hospitality Minnesota, which is opposed to the measure.
The Minnesota Timberwolves play the Heat in Miami tonight. With eight games left in another disappointing season for the Wolves, there is growing speculation that head coach Rick Adelman will not be back with the team next year.
"If you can work from home today, it probably isn't a bad idea," MPR Meteorologist Mark Seely told MPR News' Morning Edition this morning.
Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of a performance that would become one of the greatest live concert albums ever released. It happened at the famous Star Club in Hamburg, Germany where young people were enthralled with American rock and roll. They were very excited to see one of their heroes, Jerry Lee Lewis, and he did not disappoint them.
Today's music is "Digital Witness" a track from the new album by singer-songwriter Annie Clark who goes by the stage name St. Vincent.
The Minnesota Twins play the White Sox in Chicago again today, hoping to win their first game of the year after losing the first two. The home opener is Monday at Target Field. The experts are predicting that the Twins will be one of the worst teams in the major leagues again this year, but Morning Edition producer Jim Bickal reports that there is something new to look forward to at the ballpark. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him about it. It involves what you will see on the scoreboard.
To move forward, a bonding bill needs the support of three-fifths of the House members. That means some Republicans need to join Democrats in voting for it.
Today's music comes from 50 years ago today. The Beach Boys began recording "I Get Around" a song which would become their first number one hit in the U.S. It was also during this recording session that Brian Wilson fired his father Murry as the band's manager. The two would continue to have a contentious relationship. In 1969, without Brian's knowledge, Murry Wilson sold the publishing rights to the entire Beach Boys back catalog of songs.
Today's music is in honor of singer Robert Gordon, who turns 67 tomorrow. This song, "Fire," was written by Bruce Springsteen who hoped to get his idol Elvis Presley to record it. But Elvis died shortly after it was written. Instead, Springsteen offered it to Robert Gordon after seeing him perform live.
The season is over for the University of Minnesota women's basketball team. They were defeated by South Dakota State last night in the women's N.I.T. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the future of the Gopher program and head coach Pam Borton.
Until this week, Congress has proposed very few actual changes to Affordable Care Act. A group of six U.S. senators is now trying to get support for a package of tweaks to the law. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke withone of them, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about winter clinging to most of Minnesota this spring. It's been 7 to 11 degrees colder than normal for most areas. But he does have a warm-up in his forecast for the next couple of days.
Today's music is the song "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through his Eyes," the first top 40 hit by the Supremes. We are playing it in honor of Supremes lead singer Diana Ross who turns 70 today.