Today's Morning Edition music is from 40 years ago this week when "Bennie and the Jets" by Elton John was number one on the pop charts. It was his second single to reach the top spot. It was also his first song to make it into the Top 40 on the Rhythm and Blues charts. That distinction earned Elton John an invitation to perform the song on the television program "Soul Train." That's where this recording was made.
The Minnnesota Wild were beaten by Nashville 7-3 in their regular season finale. They begin a playoff series against Colorado on Thursday. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about why the loss to Nashville doesn't really bode ill for the team, and what to look for in the upcoming playoff series.
Last December, a task force recommended sweeping changes to the way Minnesota treats and houses sex offenders. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with DFL Rep. Tina Liebling, who was on the Sex Offender and Civil Commitment Task Force. She's also authored a bill that would implement that group's recommendations.
The number of people with Alzheimer's disease is expected to skyrocket as the baby boom generation gets older. The way we care for dementia patients is the subject of some new reports published this week by Minnesota-based researchers. For more on the non-medical side of Alzheimer's research, MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dr. Robert Kane, an expert in long-term care and aging at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about snow melting quickly across more and more of the state. He also has a wet forecast for the next week or so.
Today's Morning Edition music is from 60 years ago tomorrow, when Bill Haley and His Comets went into a studio in New York to record "Thirteen Women (and only one man in town)" which was released as the A-side of their first single for Decca Records. As time was running out at the end of that session, they recorded the B-side of the single. That song would become the 1950s anthem of youth rebellion.
Last night, the University of Minnesota Gophers men's hockey team beat North Dakota in the NCAA semifinals 2-1 on a last second goal by senior defenseman Justin Holl. That dramatic finish led to rioting in the streets of Dinkytown in Minneapolis. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the game, the riot, and the upcoming championship game against Union.
A Senate bill that got a hearing on Thursday would allow the sale of marijuana at so-called alternative treatment centers, but not home cultivation. People with debilitating medical conditions would be eligible to buy. Parents of children with severe epilepsy have been pushing for legalization.
A state Senate committee is expected to vote on medical marijuana this morning. Sen. Scott Dibble has been pushing to legalize medical marijuana for years. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dibble abut the legislation.
Today's music on Morning Edition is from the E Street Band, performing in London in 1975. They will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight during a ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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.