What caused the Lilydale landslide? Dr. Satish Gupta is a professor in the University of Minnesota's department of Soil, Water and Climate. He spoke with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi about how landslides like this can happen.
Photos: The deadly St. Paul landslide The incident happened Wednesday afternoon during a Peter Hobart Elementary School field trip at the park known for fossil hunting. About 70 rescue workers responded to the scene.
Environmentalists see gains in legislative session The just-completed legislative session stands apart from others by the availability of new money for the environment. After years of budget cuts and reallocations, state agencies now get a boost in funding, and a mandate to use it effectively.
US Senate rejects end to sugar industry aid The U.S. Senate defeated an amendment to the farm bill that would have ended government protections for the domestic sugar industry, including Minnesota sugar beet growers.
Pre-school scholarships headed to low income kids The new program puts $40 million on the table to provide low-income parents with scholarships to pay for early education. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke about how the scholarships will work with Frank Forsberg. He's a Greater Twin Cities United Way executive and chairman of MinneMinds, a coalition that advocated for more investments in education.
Hobby Lobby birth control coverage up for federal appeal In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of the federal health care law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill.
Threat of ND dam failure may be easing The threat of a dam failure on a river near a northeastern North Dakota city appears to be easing, and officials expect to decide soon on when 1,300 evacuated residents can return to their homes.
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