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Critics call for rerouting Southwest Light Rail Transit planners are trying to resolve a dispute over the proposed route from Minneapolis to the southwest suburbs: How it should share a corridor with a freight rail line and popular bike trails.
Plants used for bee habitat might kill bees Back yard gardeners who plant bee-friendly plants and flowers, may actually be killing bees. A new report released today by Friends of the Earth, showed that plants purchased at large retailers can contain insecticides toxic to bees and other insects.
How a seed saver discovered one of our favorite tomatoes Tomatoes this time of year are strutting their stuff in all sorts of glorious and quirky hues. Amateur breeders -- passionate seed savers and collectors -- are playing a vital role in discovering fruit and vegetable varieties guarded and nurtured by families over generations.
Video: The Nisswa turtle races Let's pause a minute before moving on to more serious topics to watch racing turtles and the Nisswa folks who cheer them on in this perfect lunchtime video from Jeffrey Thompson.
Manning apologizes at sentencing; gender issues aired Pfc. Bradley Manning took the stand Wednesday at his sentencing hearing in the WikiLeaks case and apologized for hurting his country, pleading with a military judge for a chance to go to college and become a productive citizen.
Egypt's conflict enters new phase Egypt faced new uncertainty Thursday, the day after security forces drove out Mohammed Morsi's supporters from two sprawling encampments where they had been camped out for six weeks demanding the Islamist president's reinstatement. The move left hundreds of protesters dead.
Obama scraps US military exercises with Egypt President Barack Obama on Thursday canceled joint U.S.-Egypt military exercises, saying America's traditional cooperation with Egypt "cannot continue as usual" while violence and instability deepen in the strategically important nation.
Panel divided over guns at Capitol A committee looking at security at the state Capitol held a discussion today about whether people should be allowed to carry guns at the public building.
Wis. school refuses to drop Indian nickname A law enacted in 2010 authorizes the state Department of Public Instruction to require a school district to change its race-based nicknames if one formal complaint is filed.
Child born in 2012 will cost $241,080 to raise The United States Department of Agriculture concluded today that a child born in 2012 will cost $241,080 to raise over the next 17 years. This represents a 2.6 percent increase from 2011.
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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.