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Proposed 2nd Seward Co-op site raises concerns The Seward Co-op in Minneapolis has announced plans to open a second store in the Bryant neighborhood. Some people are thrilled, but others worry they won't be able to afford to shop there.
AG Holder proposes new look at low-level drug offenders With the U.S. facing massive overcrowding in its prisons, Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for major changes to the nation's criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh sentences for certain drug-related crimes.
NPR ombudsman fisks NPR report on tribal foster care Edward Schumacher-Matos disappeared from his regular ombudsman duties for several months recently, and now we know why: He was investigating NPR's investigation that alleged significant abuses in the foster care system for Native American children in South Dakota.
GOP moderates push back on tea party spending cuts Tea party forces may have dominated the House GOP's approach to the budget so far, but pragmatists in the party have served notice they won't stand idly by for indiscriminate spending cuts to politically popular community development grants, education programs and even Amtrak.
Holistic moms in St. Cloud focus on healthy living The Holistic Moms Network in St. Cloud is a nonprofit with about 30 members. It explores all aspects of holistic living, from using chemical-free products to understanding family dynamics.
But food is always a topic that parents want information about.
Amusement parks and Jim Crow: MLK's son remembers Most Americans think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a brilliant young minister who was an architect of the civil rights movement, and who was martyred for it in 1968. But to the revered leader's eldest son, Martin Luther King III, the famous man was just "Daddy."
Ky. creationist museum aims at wider audience The Kentucky museum where dinosaurs and biblical characters coexist has rolled out new exhibits and attractions -- some with no religious message -- to try to bring in new visitors.
Deaths of wandering autistic kids prompt action At least 14 children with autism have died this year after slipping away from their caregivers. The body of the latest victim, 11-year-old Anthony Kuznia, was found Thursday in the Red River.
Charter school at Fort Snelling opening interim site A charter school planned for a historic site near Fort Snelling State Park will open in a interim location next month. The Upper Mississippi Academy will teach 275 sixth- and ninth-graders in temporary classrooms near the site.
DNR attributes pine tree deaths to long-term drought Pines and other conifers in northern Minnesota are dying in slightly larger numbers than usual. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the trees have been stricken by drought. Eight of the last 11 summer and fall seasons have been very dry in northern Minnesota.
Vikings: Personal seat licenses were no surprise in Minnesota stadium deal There was no secret, nothing underhanded and no sneaking involved in the personal seat licenses that were written into Minnesota's deal with the Vikings to build the team a new stadium, the team says. The statement came after Gov. Mark Dayton said he thought the controversial financing mechanism was 'snuck' into the stadium bill he signed last year.
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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.