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Minn. Senate approves medical marijuana bill In a bipartisan vote, the state Senate voted 48 to 18 Tuesday for a bill that allows approved patients access to cannabis in pill and liquid form, but not smoking. The Senate measure does not have the blessing of law enforcement or DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.
Minn. Senate defeats Sunday booze sales bid The future of a bill that would alter some of Minnesota's liquor laws is in jeopardy after senators argued Tuesday over alcohol sales on Sundays. The larger liquor bill became tangled in a fight over whether to let craft brewers sell growlers of beer on Sundays.
Stormy outlook for Minnesota in climate change report A new report from the White House on climate change says problems related to global warming will become "increasingly disruptive" across the country, including Minnesota, for the remainder of the 21st Century and beyond. We have some initial reaction to the report's findings.
The changing picture of poverty: Hard work is 'just not enough' There are 46 million poor people in the U.S., and millions more hover right above the poverty line -- but go into many of their homes, and you might find a flat-screen TV, a computer or the latest sneakers. And that raises a question: What does it mean to be poor in America today?
Committee agrees to improve working conditions for women The agreement would expand unpaid family leave and require businesses to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant and nursing employees. It would also provide money to help increase the number of women working in high-wage, high-demand jobs.
Minnesota sends in Super Bowl bid Minnesota is vying with Indianapolis, which hosted the 2012 game, and New Orleans, which hosted the 2013 Super Bowl (along with an infamous blackout). The next Super Bowl will be in the Phoenix, followed by San Francisco and Houston.
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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.