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Do public comments matter on mining? DNR officials say they want substantive, technical comments on PolyMet mining's environmental study. But what about the thousands of comments that have already been received?
Dayton's wish list for public works The Legislature will have the final say on what's called the bonding bill, and it will need a 60 percent supermajority in both the House and the Senate to pass. Here's what's on the wish list.
No bonding money for Southwest light rail The governor turned down the LRT project for a second year, and took the opportunity to bemoan Minnesota's habit of paying for transit projects in piecemeal fashion.
How Target hackers hit the bullseye RAM scrapers. Point-of-sale systems. Malicious code. As Target reels from a massive data breach, cybersecurity experts explain the tools the data thieves used
J.C. Penney to cut 2,000 jobs, close 33 stores Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh said company officials told him 20 employees in Worthington will lose their jobs. The store was one of the anchor tenants in Worthington's Northland Mall.
UnitedHealth's 4Q profit rises 15 percent UnitedHealth Group's fourth-quarter earnings jumped 15 percent and topped expectations, as the nation's largest health insurer booked a sizeable gain from a business that doesn't sell insurance.
Vatican condemns priest sexual abuse 'crimes' At a U.N. hearing, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's representative in Geneva, says "such crimes can never be justified" whether committed at home, school, sports activities or in religious organizations and structures.
Blizzard in progress west, temps plummet today Blizzard conditions continue today from the Red River Valley into western and southwest Minnesota. The worst reports are from open areas, and on east-west oriented roads as blowing snow accumulates.
Should public schools randomly drug test students? The Duluth school district is considering a policy that would allow require random drug tests for students, as administrators view substance abuse as a growing problem. What do you think about that? Tell us.
Huge Brainerd ice fishing fundraiser is a go The Crow Wing County sheriff has checked the ice on Gull Lake and has given the green light to the Brainerd Jaycees' 24th annual ice fishing fundraiser that draws more than 10,000 anglers.
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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.