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Contradicting Archbishop Nienstedt The Rev. Peter Laird described the flurry of decisions made in June 2012 when the chancery learned that the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer had been accused of sexually abusing a child. Laird said he kept Nienstedt informed of the situation. Nienstedt has said under oath that he did not talk to Laird.
Criminals on social media give themselves away Combing Facebook, Twitter and other sites is standard procedure now for police as they pursue cases. Some suspects make it easy when they post pictures of their law breaking or incriminate themselves with their online words -- or sometimes music.
The rain man Brad Lancaster, an expert on capturing and using rainwater, creates an oasis in the desert where he lives. And what he used to do illegally is now sanctioned by the city and imitated by neighbors. And his work holds lessons for Minnesota.
Droning on about agriculture Hundreds of farmers in the Upper Midwest are collecting data about their fields with drones this year, hoping the information will make their farm operations more productive.
Applications for jobless aid near 7-year low The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 27,000 to a seasonally adjusted 300,000. That's just above a seven-year low reached three weeks ago.
Peanuts, candy, popcorn -- and raffle tickets Pro sports teams are hawking more than beer and brats at games these days. They're also pushing raffle tickets that give lucky fans at the stadium a chance to win thousands and raise money for charities too. The Twins are taking a crack at the phenomenon.
Native American brothers near lacrosse history The Tewaaraton Award is college lacrosse's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, given out each year to the sport's best male and female players. If either of two brothers were to win it, he would be the first Native American to do so. The irony: Lacrosse was created by Native Americans.
Today's heroin addicts: young, white, suburban A survey of 9,000 patients at treatment centers around the country found that 90 percent of heroin users were white men and women. Most were relatively young - their average age was 23. And three-quarters said that they first started not with heroin but with abusing prescription opioids like OxyContin.
Revisiting the divide on forced mental health treatment The attack near the University of California, Santa Barbara, is renewing focus on mental health and intervention programs in general -- and raising questions about whether enough is being done to prevent mass shootings and other violence.
Franken calls for VA chief Shinseki to resign Sen. Al Franken has joined the chorus of lawmakers calling for Veterans Affairs chief Eric Shinseki to resign. Franken is among a small but growing number of Senate Democrats calling for Shinseki's ouster.
Warp speed for Reading Rainbow campaign The goal of raising $1 million by July 2 was reached within hours of the campaign's launch Wednesday on Kickstarter, according to the website. More than 23,000 donors had pledged $1.1 million by Wednesday evening.
Advisor: Target should drop most board members Institutional Shareholder Services on Wednesday targeted those Target board members who serve on the company's audit and corporate responsibility committee after a massive pre-Christmas data breach.
Are more oil trains headed for Minnesota? TransCanada, the company that wants to build the Keystone pipeline to move oil from the tar sands of Alberta to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, says it's now considering increased rail shipments in place of new pipeline capacity.
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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.