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Complete this sentence: My Town Is... As part of our MPR News eBook project called Fighting for an American Countryside, we asked a dozen Minnesotans to finish the sentence that begins, "My town is . . ." What would you say about your town in less than a minute?
Telecom tax attacked from all sides Former Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher, a Democrat, agrees with Republican leaders that Minnesota should eliminate a new sales tax on telecommunication equipment purchases.
What's left on your summer reading list? We talk with the owner of Politics and Prose, a Washington, D.C., bookstore, and a book critic about what the president might want to read if he can find the time.
Court rules against man who wouldn't drive faster It's not often we hear of drivers frustrating law enforcement because they don't drive fast enough, but the Minnesota Court of Appeals today ruled the state has the right to strip the driver's license of anyone who refuses officers' orders to drive faster.
The court ruled in the case of Gary Constans of Lester Prairie, who has been stopped numerous times for driving too slowly.
Minn. man charged with 1999 Iowa slaying Cedar Rapids police say 34-year-old Deshaun Phillips was arrested in Shakopee, Minn. He's charged with first-degree murder, accused of killing 44-year-old Judith Weeks.
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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.