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Minnesota House approves $503M tax-cut bill The 126-2 vote came on the same day Gov. Mark Dayton proposed an even more robust tax cut plan in his supplemental budget. Both the governor and House leaders say the proposal needs to move quickly, but Senate leaders are indicating they want more time.
$1M settlement in Lilydale landslide The City Council next week is scheduled to approve the settlement with the families of Haysem Sani, Mohamed Fofana and Devin Meldahl, students at Peter Hobart Elementary School in St. Louis Park.
For Bemidji couple, a lifelong mission: 'Get kids excited about science' Laddie and Jim Elwell came to Bemidji 40 years ago to teach college science. They soon discovered the region's K-12 kids also needed them. Visiting a local science fair, they found an event so withered in size and quality that nearly all 18 students working on a human heart circulation project had it wrong.
Snowskating? What's that? Alan Gerlach was bored with snowboarding on the small hills you find in Minnesota. But in 2001, he found a new piece of equipment: a cross between a skateboard and snowboard. He's not bored anymore.
Bear researcher Rogers defends himself The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has accused Lynn Rogers of creating a public safety risk. The agency says bears in Rogers' study area between Tower and Ely in northern Minnesota have come to see people as a food source, and that's made them more dangerous.
Owl festival draws bird lovers to SE Minnesota The International Festival of Owls is expected to draw nearly 2,000 visitors Friday through Sunday to the city of 979 people. It's a treat for bird lovers and a boon for local businesses.
Target exec's departure puts spotlight on CIOs The rise of computer crime in recent years changed the job description. At the same time, the surging use of personal smartphones and tablets in business settings has given CIOs even more technology to manage, along with countless new points of entry for hackers to breach their systems.
NRC issues report cards on Minn., Wis. nuke plants The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued its annual report cards on the nation's 100 commercial nuclear power plants, and it found room for improvement at two reactors in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin.
N.M. residents frustrated at nuke dump silence It's been three weeks since the radiation sensors were triggered and the exhaust dampers at the federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump slammed shut, putting the repository's massive salt caverns off-limits and the nation's cleanup efforts on hold.
Army brigadier general pleads guilty to adultery Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, 51, a former deputy commander with the 82nd Airborne Division, admitted to an extramarital affair, "inappropriate relationships" with two other women. He also pleaded guilty to possessing pornography while stationed in Afghanistan, a violation of orders in the conservative Muslim country.
Wounded soldiers go from war in the desert to 'murder ball on ice' Sled hockey, popularized by war veterans, might be the fastest sport in the Paralympics; players strap on to a tiny sled perched a few inches off the ice, balanced on one double-runner skate. They use two short sticks like ski poles to fly across the ice. Then the sticks flip around, with a hockey blade on the tip.
U.S. knew of 'imminent' move in Crimea, top official says "I think for easily seven to 10 days leading up to the Russian troops as we see them now in the Crimea, we were providing very solid reporting ... where we move from one level of a condition of warning, which I would just describe ... as sort of moderate to one where we believe things are imminent," Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn tells Morning Edition
Claims, counterclaims fly as CIA, Senate exchange fire News organizations have been rolling out stories this week about claims that the CIA may have been monitoring the work of the committee's staffers in recent years and that some of those congressional aides may have left CIA headquarters with classified documents that shouldn't leave that secure facility.
Hiring numbers warm up despite harsh winter Meanwhile, the unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent from a five-year low 6.6 percent. More Americans started looking for work but didn't find jobs. That's still an encouraging sign because more job hunters suggest that people were more optimistic about their prospects.
Second baby cleared of HIV. Rare event, or hope for others? In only the second documented case of its kind, an infant born with the AIDS virus may have been cured of the infection, thanks to an intensive drug treatment begun just hours after her birth. The baby girl -- now 9 months old -- from Long Beach, Calif., is still on that regimen of antiretroviral drugs. But researchers who described her case at an AIDS meeting in Boston this week say advanced testing suggests that she is HIV-negative.
Cancer, kids, and why wrestlers are cool At the state high school wrestling tournament, St. Michael Albertville High School's Mitchell McKee really wanted to win the state title for his father, who has terminal cancer. And he did win, which means, of course, someone has to lose.
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Simply, it is Minnesota news on your schedule. The MPR News Update brings you up to speed with the state's top news, the best of our blogs and smart talk radio in the format that fits you best. Subscribe to Phil's podcast or read Hart's take on the best from mprnews.org.
Phil Picardi newscasts weekday mornings and occasionally fills in as Morning Edition host when Cathy Wurzer is away. His duties include compiling, writing and delivering newscasts, sending out a morning news headlines text, and writing news banner headlines and news stories for air later in the day.
Hart is the morning online editor at MPR News. Previously, he wrote the newsroom blog at City Pages in Minneapolis; edited national news for Internet Broadcasting in St. Paul; was a photojournalist in Connecticut and on the Texas-Mexico border; and a newspaper reporter in New Hampshire.