Minnesota lawmakers are moving closer to the conclusion of the 2014 session, but they still haven't decided how to spend the remainder of the $1.2 billion budget surplus.
Today's music is by the Brooklyn-based eight piece band Red Baraat. Since they came together in 2008, Red Baraat has been creating music that is a unique blend of hard driving North Indian rhythms, jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop The words to this song are in Hindi and the title "Halla Bol" means "raise your voice." Rad Baraat will be performing tonight at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.
The big sports news in Minnesota is that the Wild have evened their best-of-seven NHL series with Colorado at two games apiece. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about last night's win and what's ahead for the series.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about more snow today for the Duluth area and other parts of northern Minnesota. He also explains the light colored dirt that was left on cars after a recent snow storm.
Today's Morning Edition music is from a track from Evan Shinners's latest recording of Bach's music "English Suites Volume Two." Shinners will be performing tonight at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. Since graduating from Juilliard in 2010, Shinners has been impressing listeners with his talent and modern take on classical music. Former Saint Paul Sunday host Bill McGlaughlin says "I know this is a lot of weight to put on a young man's shoulders, but Evan reminds me of a young Glenn Gould."
Today at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. sirens will sound across the state as the National Weather Service tests the systems designed to let us know when severe weather is in the air. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Todd Krause, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.
A bill working its way through the Minnesota Legislature would regulate e-cigarettes on the state level. The bill's sponsor, State Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato, spoke with MPR News' Cathy Wurzer about the legislation.
Today's Morning Edition music is a recording of Neil Young doing Bob Dylan's "Girl From the North Country." It has a distinct low fidelity sound by design. It's from Young's new album "A Letter Home" which was recorded in a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph direct to vinyl recording booth.
Today's Morning Edition music features the man B.B. King calls "the most influential guitarist of the 20th century," Lonnie Johnson. St. Paul author Dean Alger will release the book tonight at the SubText Bookstore in St. Paul, with live performances of some of Johnson's work by Papa John Kolstad and Harold Tremblay.
Minnesota legislators return from their spring break today with plans to pass a bonding bill, and finalize tax and spending measures. In addition, supporters of medical marijuana are still trying to get a bill passed this year. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Pugmire who covers the capitol.
Tonight the Minnesota Wild have their first home playoff game against the Colorado Avalanche. The Wild are down 0-2 in the best-of-seven series. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune about the series.
Minnesota State Mankato football players now say they are ready to return to practice, now that they've been heard. That pretty much sums up a statement from the players yesterday, a day after they refused to suit up for a spring practice because of a sudden change in who will be their head coach. Todd Hoffner was re-instated to the job, after two years away from the University. An arbitrator ruled he had been wrongly fired and could have the job back if he wanted it. He did, and he replaced interim coach Aaron Keen on Wednesday. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the situation.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about some record lows in Minnesota earlier this week. He also has a forecast for better spring weather for most of the state for Easter weekend.
Today's Morning Edition music is from Otis Redding and his interpretation of the infamous party anthem "Louie Louie." It was one of the tracks on his 1964 debut album "Pain in my Heart." That is one of many albums being re-released on vinyl tomorrow as part of the 7th annual Record Store Day.
In the last week, 12 former players have accused the NHL of promoting fighting and downplaying the risk of head injury. They join 10 other former players who filed a suit back in November seeking compensation for head injuries sustained while they were players. The Minneapolis law firm of Zimmerman Reed is representing three of them.