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Rare May snowfall could break records This can't be happening again right? It's May, after all. But the spring of 2013 appears to be the wintry gift that keeps on giving. Our next weathermaker is moving in with another shot of rain and, yes, snow.
Red River crests today in Fargo-Moorhead After several revisions lowering the crest levels each time, the Red River in Fargo is predicted to crest today at just over 33 feet. That's more than six feet below the record level and more than four feet below the low end of the weather service outlook.
FDA: Morning-after pill to move over the counter The government is moving the morning-after pill over the counter but only those 15 and older can buy it -- an attempt to find middle ground just days before a court-imposed deadline to lift all age restrictions on the emergency contraceptive.
Would you pay a higher price for 'ethical' clothing? Look at photographs from the Bangladesh garment factory collapse, and you can see clothing in the rubble destined for a store called Joe Fresh, one of the many retailers using super-cheap fashions made overseas to keep shoppers buying often.
Frac sand mining: Cyclists concerned Several silica sand mines close to the Mississippi River in western Wisconsin are near areas where cyclists like to ride and stay in bed-and-breakfasts. Some of the proposed mines in southeastern Minnesota are also located in scenic areas where cycling is popular.
Sex-offender registries: Should kids be listed? Government authorities should end the practice of placing juveniles' names on publicly accessible sex-offender registries, Human Rights Watch says in a report warning of lasting and unwarranted harm to some youths.
Fans already want Metrodome souvenirs The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which operates the Metrodome, says it's received more than 50 requests for seats, signs, turf and other mementoes. Authority chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen says the requests vary.
Capsized Chippewa canoeists still missing A search for two missing canoeists is to resume on the Chippewa River in Eau Claire. A search crew will be back on the river early Wednesday looking for two men whose canoe capsized Tuesday afternoon.
Blackhawks beat Wild 2-1 in Game 1 Bryan Bickell scored in overtime on a two-on-one rush, and the Chicago Blackhawks started the playoffs on a winning note after dominating the regular season, beating the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Tuesday night.
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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.