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The Minnesota Orchestra lockout is over Under the terms of an agreed-to, three-year contract, the musicians will have to take a 15 percent pay cut in the first year, but they won concessions, too, and return to work Feb. 1.
Now it's time for orchestra fans to step up "I think the public that really rose up in support of having a great orchestra in Minneapolis, that public should crowd those halls," said Alan Fletcher, president of the Aspen Music Festival.
Teen guilty in brutal attack on Ray Widstrand The St. Paul man was kicked, dragged, punched and knocked unconscious during a street brawl in his neighborhood last summer. He suffered a brain injury and is missing part of his skull.
Search for missing U of M student in Chicago River suspended Lauren Li is presumed dead, and the search was suspended late Tuesday afternoon. Chicago Police say they'll resume the search when weather and river conditions improve. Around 7 a.m. Wednesday, the temperature in Chicago was 7 degrees below zero.
Vikings pick Mike Zimmer as new coach The Vikings fired former head coach Leslie Frazier on Dec. 30 after the team finished 5-10-1 last season. Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph tweeted, "Fired up about Coach Zimmer!"
'Pretty good' federal budget may avoid shutdown For the first time in years, the House of Representatives is expected to approve a massive new spending bill Wednesday that keeps federal agencies operating until a new fiscal year starts in October.
Report: NSA can monitor 100K computers worldwide "The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States to conduct surveillance on those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks," The New York Times reports.
Opinions clash on Snowden's fate Related to the NSA headline: Edward Snowden may have committed crimes by revealing classified information, yet that information is being broadly used by the media and the government itself.
Appeals court sets aside Internet neutrality rules The decision empowers leading Internet providers to decide which Internet services -- such as Netflix movies, YouTube videos, news stories and more -- they would allow to be transmitted to consumers over their networks.
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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.