Vining native Karen Nyberg, one of the astronauts aboard the International Space Station, is serving as flight engineer for Expedition 36. She flew to the space station on a Russian-built Soyuz space craft in May.
Same-sex marriage is the highest profile new law taking effect here on Aug. 1. But there are a few other changes to state law today. MPR's Cathy Wurzer has more about laws that changed regarding sick leave, 911 emergency calls, bus driver safety and bicycles.
Internal investigators at the Minneapolis Police Department are reviewing the case of two off-duty police officers caught on tape using racial slurs during an incident in Green Bay last month.
The new Minnesota law legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect tonight at midnight and many couples are wasting no time to tie the knot.
For Minnesota Twins fans, there hasn't been a lot to cheer about on the field. But there is one player who's been quite impressive lately: starting pitcher Samuel Deduno.
A judge has dismissed two federal lawsuits aimed at stopping the unionization of state-subsidized child care providers. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis ruled that since no union election or collective bargaining has occured yet, it would be premature for him to determine the Constitutionality of a "speculative scenario." The lawsuits that were filed claimed that the new state unionization measure violates federal labor law and infringes on first amendment rights of free association. The rulings clear the way for the AFSCME Council 5 union to move ahead with its efforts to organize more than 12,700 in-home providers. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with the attorney for the plaintiffs Doug Seaton.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about colder-than-normal temperatures in the forecast for most of Minnesota. He also looks back at how heat and preciptitation earlier in the spring and summer will affect crops.
Biologists at the Minnesota Zoo are scrambling to prevent a modern day extinction of a species that once thrived in Minnesota. The Poweshiek skipperling is a butterfly that lives its whole life in the prairies of the upper Midwest. But the tallgrass prairie is mostly gone. And so is a species that was once among the most common butterflies in Minnesota.
Bypassing record labels probably wasn't a great option for The Suburbs when the Twin Cities band released its last collection of songs 27 years ago. It's legit now. The reunited band is recording a new album, and turning to fans to help pay for it.
The Washington Post listed Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar as one of 10 Democrats with the best shot at being the party's 2016 nominee. Klobuchar will be the keynote speaker at the North Iowa Democrats' "Wing Ding" Fundraiser, which takes place at the famous Surf Ballroom on August 16.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the heat and humidity this week. He also answers a question about what day of the year has the least chance for precipitation in the Twin Cities.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Republican Rep. John Kline about several issues before the House of Representatives in Washington. He represents Minnesota's Second Congressional District, and is chairman of the House Education and the Workforce committee.
Bruce Kramer has been in two drug trials since being diagnosed with ALS. The second recently ended, but he's asked the drug company to let him keep taking the medicine.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about heat waves in the 1930s and the 1990s that were very different. He also had the statewide weather forecast for the weekend.
It's been a busy 24 hours on Capitol Hill. Thursday afternoon, the U.S. House passed a farm bill without a section of the proposal that included food stamps. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Washingon-based reporter Brett Neely about the new bill.