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Community mourns boys killed in mudslide One of the landslide victims, 10-year-old Mohamed Fofana, was the first member of his family born in the United States after they emigrated from Liberia and Guinea. His family opened its doors to MPR News.
School, students cope with tragic loss It was a tough Thursday for students and teachers at Peter Hobart Elementary as they dealt with the loss of two students who died in a landslide during a field trip the previous day.
Ahead of Memorial Day, share a story This picture from Newsweek is tattered because it's been folded up and put in and taken out of a wallet occasionally for decades. Do you have a story about someone who served? Tell us.
Fire pits get new scrutiny in quest for clean air People who are sensitive to wood smoke have long been concerned about backyard burning, but the growing trend of fire pits and chimineas has now caught the attention of state environmental regulators, who say wood smoke is becoming a bigger contributor to Minnesota's air pollution.
Third IRS official out over tea party targeting The Internal Revenue Service official who led the unit that targeted tea party groups and publicly disclosed the activity has been replaced, making her the third top IRS official moved aside since the episode was revealed two weeks ago.
Boy Scouts acceptance gays, draw heated reactions After lengthy and wrenching debate, local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have voted to open their ranks to openly gay boys for the first time, but heated reactions from the left and right made clear that the BSA's controversies are far from over.
Capitol building restoration to enter next stage Our state Capitol will soon be restored to its original gleaming white. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Spencer Cronk, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Administration, about the renovation.
Gov. Dayton vetoes portion of Legacy bill One item provides funding for habitat in the metro area and the other targets aquatic invasive species. The governor says he responded to citizen pressure to drop funding for the two items.
Teen pregnancies continue to decline, new report shows New government figures add to evidence of a decline in teen pregnancies across the nation and point to a notably large drop in births among Hispanic teens. The overall birth rate among teens is now half what it was at its peak, two decades ago.
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About MPR News Update
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.