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GOP political purity takes a back seat After losing every election for top statewide office since 2006, Minnesota Republicans said they were looking for candidates at Saturday's state party convention who can win.
DFL turns focus on voter turnout As expected, Democrats endorsed Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken for re-election over the weekend. Conventioneers also spoke long and often about the importance of getting party members to the polls.
Deluge swells Lake Minnetonka to record level A stalled weekend weather system inundated the metro area. Widespread rainfall totals between 2 and 5 inches, and some isolated totals of 6 to 7 inches or more have swollen creeks and lakes to record high levels.
Northstar lowers peak fares, expands service Tom Cruikshank, with the St. Cloud Metro Bus, says if more ride the Northstar Link, it's more likely the Northstar rail line will get extended the remainder of the distance from Big Lake to Saint Cloud, connecting the city with Minneapolis.
St. Paul climber among 6 missing on Rainier Park officials say it's currently too risky to send people in search of six climbers who likely fell thousands of feet to their deaths while attempting to scale 14,410-foot Mount Rainier.
Love's trip to Boston ramps up trade rumors Fans of the Boston Celtics are buzzing over the news that Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love spent the weekend in Boston checking out that city and talking about his appreciation of Celtics history. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the matter.
EPA seeks to cut power plant carbon by 30% The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday will roll out a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting the first national limits on the chief gas linked to global warming.
Pregnancy hormone may reduce multiple sclerosis symptoms The hormone is a form of estrogen called estriol. It's abundant in a woman's body only when she is pregnant. Adding estriol to treatment with an existing MS drug cut relapses by 47 percent in a study of 158 women presented at the American Academy of Neurology meeting in April.
How a vaccine could halt heroin addiction Scientists are working on developing vaccines to combat the addictive properties of methamphetamines, nicotine, heroin and cocaine. The vaccine triggers the production of antibodies that block the drug's ability to get the user high.
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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.