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Rumors, fears keep many Latino immigrants away from food stamps Latinos are more likely than whites to live in poverty and they have a harder time finding their next good meal, Census and other data show. Many, though, are reluctant to take advantage of food stamps. Stigma, language, and complex eligibility rules all play into historically low participation rates among Latinos in the nation's largest nutrition program.
Justices: US can't make employers cover contraception This is first time the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law, but the court stressed that its ruling applies only to corporations under the control of a few people.
Court: Public union can't make nonmembers pay fees The ruling is a setback for labor unions that have bolstered their ranks -- and bank accounts -- in Illinois and other states by signing up hundreds of thousands of in-home care workers. It could lead to an exodus of members who will have little incentive to pay dues if nonmembers don't have to share the burden of union costs.
Drug cuts heroin cravings, but is expanding use worth the risk? Buprenorphine is fairly new and has shown promise helping addicts. But there's a catch: Congress capped the number of patients each doctor can treat with the drug and a doctor must request a waiver to prescribe it. Some doctors and public health officials say it's time to remove the caps.
Henderson Sauerkraut Days are sweet and sour fun For more than 80 years, Henderson's Sauerkraut Days has celebrated pickled cabbage. The week-long festival features two parades, a classic car cruise, a softball tournament and music. It's capped off with a sauerkraut eating contest.
FEMA starts verifying Minnesota flood damage As Federal Emergency Management Agency officials visit Minnesota this week to verify damage estimates, the state's homeland security and emergency management director says that, so far, more than $14 million in damages have been reported.
Video: World's biggest jet stops at MSP For people who like watching planes at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, this thing got a lot of attention over the weekend. Tyler Hastings of Hudson got an up-close-and-personal view.
Guy rips open door, pulls driver from burning car Instead of running away, Robert Renning, "with his bare hands -- bent the locked door in half from the top down. The glass shattered and Renning reached in and pulled Johannes to safety," the State Patrol said.
4-year colleges and universities spend more, graduate fewer students "Institutions in Minnesota, on average, are spending more than what we'd expect given the types of degrees that they produce, the disciplines of those degrees, the faculty attributes -- proportion of full-time / part-time faculty -- and the cost of living," a draft of the report says.
Should saying 'off the reservation' be off-limits? In its literal and original sense, as you would expect, the term was used in the 19th century to describe the activities of Native Americans. Now, the Oxford English Dictionary defines the term as a metaphor meaning "to deviate from what is expected or customary; to behave unexpectedly or independently." But it's not that simple to a Native American.
Obama to seek $2B for border control Details of the emergency appropriation will come after lawmakers return from their holiday recess on July 7. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children, most from Central America, have been apprehended entering the U.S. illegally since October.
Harley steers electric hog towards urban riders Harley-Davidson has always been known for its gasoline-powered bikes. But that's changing, a company spokesman says. "People in an urban environment have different needs and different requirements," he says. "They're maybe running around to the grocery store."
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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.