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35-county flood emergency declaration The 25 inches of rain that has fallen through June 20 in Minnesota passes the previous record by 4 inches. Homes are flooded, roads are washed out, mudslides are opening up, and lawmakers are seeking federal assistance.
Rain causes sewage to spill into lakes, rivers Excessive rain water caused sewage system overflows and backups Thursday --- spilling some sewage into Lake Minnetonka bays, the Mississippi River, Medicine Lake and Bassett Creek in Plymouth, according to the Metropolitan Council.
Photos: Kayaker braves raging Minnehaha Falls Professional kayaker Hunt Jennings (backed by his professional safety team) took on the teeming waters of Minnehaha Falls Thursday evening, the same day Minnehaha Creek's water level reached an all-time record high, rising more than a foot and a half.
Is that legal? Hunt Jennings broke no laws and will not be cited, according to a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board spokeswoman. But that doesn't mean park officials are OK with what he did.
Sufi love songs anchored in Minnesota Encountering Pooja Goswami Pavan's voice for the first time is startling. It's a soaring sound, slipping between notes with ease, bending with exquisite control, the product of years of Hindustani vocal training that began when she was a child growing up in India.
3 more charged in alleged Waseca attack plot Forty-year-old Michael Steven Jacobs is charged with illegally selling a handgun to the 17-year-old boy who's accused of plotting to kill his family and students at Waseca Junior and Senior High School. Two 17-year-olds are also charged.
Gov. Walker accused of illegal fundraising Newly released documents show prosecutors believe Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of a nationwide "criminal scheme" to illegally coordinate fundraising with outside conservative groups.
Schools questioning free speech for students in social media A former Rogers High School student is suing the Elk River School District.
The case raises questions of how we define free speech for students in the digital age. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Richfield-based attorney Aimee Bissonette, who has advised schools across the country on their social media policies.
House backs limits on government spying House libertarians and liberals banded together for a surprise win in their fight against the secretive National Security Agency, securing support for new curbs on government spying a year after leaker Edward Snowden's disclosures about the bulk collection of millions of Americans' phone records.
Presbyterian assembly: Gay marriage is Christian In a separate policy change that takes effect at the end of this week's meeting, delegates voted to allow ministers to preside at gay weddings in states where the unions are legal and local congregational leaders approve. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage.
Kraft Foods recalls 260 cases of Velveeta Insufficient levels of sorbic acid has led to the recall of 260 cases of Velveeta original pasteurized recipe cheese product because it could cause the cheese product to spoil prematurely or cause food-borne illnesses.
Fat shaming: A new cry of pain On Tuesday, The Chronicle of Higher Education published a column by Rachel Fox titled "Too Fat to Be a Scientist?" Weeks ago, Fox earned her B.A. in biology from Wesleyan University. She has decided to leave science for reasons directly related to fat-shaming.
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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.