American Crystal Sugar lockout ends; a puppy mill bill's journey begins
Monday, April 15, 2013
Today on the MPR News Update: The long locked out American Crystal Sugar workers will get their keys back, we look at the effort at the State Capitol to regulate dog and cat breeders, hear from a young Minnesotan who's looking forward to full implementation of the health care overhaul, and more.
'Spring' snowfall records tumble This spring is seriously turning into a mental health challenge for most Minnesotans. "Reluctant" doesn't even begin to describe this "spring" in Minnesota anymore. But there are some silver linings, in the Updraft blog.
NW Minn. power line meetings scheduled Minnesota Power is holding public meetings over the next two weeks in northern Minnesota to talk about a proposed 500 kilovolt Great Northern Transmission Line that would run from the northwest corner of the state, to Hermantown.
Legislators, critics zero in on higher-ed costs The Minnesota House and Senate introduced higher education bills last week that are focused on keeping college costs in check. The bills include a two-year freeze on tuition at state schools.
Monday vote for new transit finance package The Minnesota House Transportation Finance Committee is expected to vote Monday on a transportation spending bill that would allow all counties to impose a half-cent sales tax and a $10 annual vehicle registration fee to pay for infrastructure improvements.
Inquiry on remains found in Burnsville The Burnsville Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension were investigating the discovery of skeletal remains that were found in a park on Saturday.
Gas prices drop 14 cents in 2 weeks According to GasBuddy.com, the average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.53. That's down about a nickel from last week and 14 cents less than 2 weeks ago.
AP Exclusive: Likely tax cheats flock South, West A new study by the National Taxpayer Advocate used confidential IRS data to show large clusters of potential tax cheats in these five metropolitan areas. The IRS uses the information to target taxpayers for audits.
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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.