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Immigrant father, son win deportation reprieve The news is a relief for Alejandro Cruz Blanco, Simon Cruz Perez, and for hundreds of supporters in the town of St. James, Minn. who rallied behind them. Cruz Blanco, right, received a kidney transplant four years ago. His doctor described a return to Mexico as "certain death" for him.
Warm front tomorrow; 'snow drought' soon? We crawl out of the temperature basement in the next 36 hours in Minnesota before a long overdue warm front arrives Thursday. Here's a look at temperature trends as we head into the weekend.
At least 21 deaths attributed to polar vortex Those dead included seven in Illinois and six in Indiana. At least five people died after collapsing while shoveling snow, while several victims were identified as homeless people who either refused shelter or didn't make it to a warm haven soon enough.
Twin Metals mine study due mid-2014 Twin Metals is expected to be larger than the proposed PolyMet mine near Babbitt, which would be Minnesota's first copper-nickel mining operation if it wins all the necessary approvals.
The push for MLS team in Minnesota heats up A fan-based group advocating for soccer in the Twin Cities on Tuesday said it would prefer a new, soccer-specific stadium to be built, instead of locating a team inside the new Vikings stadium.
Gates takes aim at Obama in new book Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in a book due out later this month, describes President Obama as "a man of personal integrity" who nonetheless was skeptical of his administration's "surge" strategy in Afghanistan and openly distrustful of the military leadership.
Kraft warns of Velveeta shortage Ad Age reports that an employee of a Brooklyn, N.Y., area grocery has been told that shipments of Velveeta won't come until February. And the publication says there are reports from a few other grocery stores on the East Coast about shortages.
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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.