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A wind tunnel on tap Sure there was snow. But winds gusted as high as 61 mph at St. James this morning, and there's more of that in open country around the state. Tackle your evening commute with appropriate caution.
Lawmakers are talking trash Some of them want a 10-cent deposit on all beverage containers, citing data showing the 10 states with deposit laws have dramatically higher recycling rates. It's an idea with plenty of critics.
For the love of bees In recent years, bees have become victims of a perfect storm and two Minnesota state agencies are working on ways to make the environment healthier for bees. The issue is likely to be a hot topic during the upcoming Legislative session.
Back from the brink, Penumbra charts new course After almost collapsing a little more than a year ago, Penumbra Theater in St. Paul, the nation's largest African-American theater, has announced a leadership transition. The biggest change: Sarah Bellamy will take over from her father Lou, who founded the company almost 40 years ago.
Leopard kills leopard in zoo mating mess The female cat was in heat at the time of the attack, and the zoo's staff is at a loss to explain what went wrong. The animals had been paired in the past without incident.
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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.