This weekend marks the anniversary of one of pro sports' most poignant moments: Baseball great Lou Gehrig, standing before microphones near home plate at Yankee Stadium as a standing-room only crowd honored him as one of the most famous players of his time -- shortly after he was diagnosed with ALS. The anniversary offers an opportunity to take stock of where research and treatments for the disease may be headed.
Twenty-five years ago today, July 1, 1989, the act Milli Vanilli hit No. 1 in the U.S. for the first time with this song "Baby Don't Forget My Number."
A closely watched Supreme Court ruling will likely set a precedent for Minnesota companies challenging the contraceptive coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
Today's Morning Edition music puts the focus on tomorrow, when fans of the Jayhawks will be able to get their hands on re-issued versions of three of the band's albums.
The NHL free-agent market opens officially tomorrow, and the Minnesota Wild are courting former University of Minnesota star Thomas Vanek.
The Timberwolves nabbed UCLA point guard Zach LaVine in the NBA draft last night. But LaVine's reaction was less-than-enthusiastic. MPR's Cathy Wurzer checked in with Howard Sinker, digital sports editor at the Start Tribune, for reaction to the Timberwolves' pick.
LaVine played only one season for UCLA, and he was not a starter. But Sinker says the Timberwolves see him as someone with athletic potential who can make a contribution a year or two down the road.
Sinker also discussed the Timberwolves strategy in not trading Kevin Love last night.
Today's Morning Edition music is "The Reflex," Duran Duran's first No. 1 hit in America. Band members wanted the song to be their first single off their album "Seven and the Ragged Tiger." But their label reportedly objected to the "warbling" in the chorus, which it said would get in the way of the song's stand-alone success.
The Minnesota Twins closed a four-game sweep yesterday for the first time in the history of Target Field, which opened in 2010.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer touched base with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor at the Star Tribune.
Today's Morning Edition music is Spoon's track "Rent I Pay" from the band's forthcoming album, "They Want My Soul." The band will headline the second day of day, Sunday, of Rock the Garden at the Walker Arts Center this weekend.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker about Yohan Pino, who made his first major league start yesterday. He helped the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2. He spent about a decade in the minor leagues before being called up.
Climatologist Mark Seeley says all this wet weather is part of a broader precipitation trend in Minnesota -- a trend representative of a changing climate. Both the "character and quantity" of Minnesota's precipitation is changing, he told MPR's Cathy Wurzer.
A former Rogers High School student is suing the Elk River School District.
The case raises questions of how we define free speech for students in the digital age. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Richfield-based attorney Aimee Bissonette, who has advised schools across the country on their social media policies.
Floodwater from recent rains continues to cause problems across the state this morning. Cathy Wurzer checked in with Mayor Don Ness in Duluth, where a major flood just two years ago drew national attention.
Today's Morning Edition music is the unmistakeable sound of Steppenwolf and their classic 1960s motorcycle anthem "Born to be Wild." It's believed to include the first use of the term "heavy metal" in a rock song. Founding member and lead singer John Kay is bringing a band he still calls Steppenwolf to the Grand Casino in Mille Lacs for a show tonight. The current incarnation of Jefferson Starship will also be playing.
All the rain in recent weeks has lakes and rivers and streams in our region rising to record levels in many places. Flooding is a big concern. As many people shovel mud and suck water out of soggy basements, and farmers fields are underwater, you have to wonder is there any good that could come out of all this rain? Does the heavy rain mean that the problem with declining groundwater levels that we've been reporting on has been solved? MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Jim Stark, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey in Minnesota.