MPR News Update for May 23, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
Only 2 percent of Minnesota's original prairies remain, but gardeners can create spaces for native plants and species in their own backyards. Here are a few tips and tricks for prairie gardening. | Environment
- From septics to sewers on Rainy Lake's south shore
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency estimates that one in every five of the state's half-million septic systems is failing. Leaking sewage takes a heavy environmental toll, but across most of the state, it's an invisible problem. | Full coverage: Minnesota's water quality
- MN Legislature: What got done (and what didn't)
Minnesota lawmakers stumbled across the finish line for the 2016 session Sunday night without completing three of their top goals. | Capitol meltdown: Session ends in chaos
- ISIS trial: 'I'm going to spit on America'
Jurors Monday listened to secret recordings detailing a road trip from Minnesota to California to obtain fake passports that ended with an FBI SWAT team raid and arrests. | Full coverage: Called to Fight
- Baltimore police officer found not guilty in Freddie Gray case
Officer Edward Nero had faced multiple misdemeanors in connection with the arrest and subsequent death of Gray in April 2015.
- Fire deaths on the rise in Minnesota
A total of 57 people died in fires last year, state public safety officials said Monday. That's the highest number of fatalities in 13 years.
- What $62 billion in cash could buy you: Monsanto
German chemical company Bayer makes a strong offer to buy the giant U.S. agricultural firm. | Business
- Literary dogs and the Little Free Library Festival
Saturday was the first-ever Little Free Library Festival, complete with libraries on wheels and dogs competing in bookish costumes.
- The delicate task of restoring one of the world's oldest libraries
After a four-year restoration, Morocco is poised to reopen the Qarawiyyin Library, founded more than a millennium ago by a pioneering woman and home to some of the earliest works of Islam. | The Thread
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