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With a few glitches, MNsure goes live MNsure is Minnesota's online marketplace for private health insurance, set up as part of the Affordable Care Act. The $100 million IT project launched Tuesday with a few bumps.
Kline defends Republicans over shutdown Of all the members of Minnesota's congressional delegation, Republican Rep. John Kline is closest to the GOP-controlled House leadership. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him about the shutdown.
Federal employees in Minnesota feel shutdown pain In Minnesota, as many as 19,000 people work for the federal government. Many are coming to terms with the reality that they may not be working for a while - or that they may be working without pay.
Photos, technology change self-perception This is part of our continuing series of stories about Bruce Kramer, the former dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas.
Is the Minnesota Orchestra doomed after Vanska's departure? The Minnesota Orchestra is now without a music director and principal conductor. As he had threatened, Osmo Vanska resigned from that position yesterday after the planned concerts at Carnegie Hall were cancelled. The concerts, which were supposed to happen in November, were called off because of the orchestra's labor dispute which has been going on for over a year. Replacing Vanska will be a challenge for the orchestra for a number of reasons. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke about that with Drew McManus, a Chicago-based arts consultant and author of the orchestra business blog, Adaptistration.
Day 2 for Trevino jury deliberations Jeffrey Trevino is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 30-year-old wife, Kira Steger. Her body was found in the river in May, more than two months after she disappeared.
Light rail plan rankles some on Minneapolis City Council Minneapolis City Council members are fighting back against a likely solution to an impasse regarding the Southwest light-rail line. The planned route angers several city council members, including Betsy Hodges who said the planning process for the project is "almost scandalously flawed."
Two dozen Minn. schools reduce achievement gaps New accountability ratings released Tuesday show 17 schools will no longer carry the lowest-performing "priority school" label. Another 10 schools were removed from the so-called "focus" list of schools struggling with wide performance disparities among student racial groups.
Pope Francis: Papal court is a 'leprosy' In an interview, Francis touched on his formative years, his philosophy and his vision for the church. In the process came an admission that in the past, heads of the church "have often been narcissists, flattered and thrilled by their courtiers."
Study: Fast food has gotten a bit slower Fast food, it turns out, isn't quite as fast as it used to be. Reasons for more sluggish service are more choices on the menu and more complex products, such as flavored lattes, smoothies and salad bowls. All of that can take longer to prepare and adds to the time spent waiting in the drive-through line.
Amazon's Bezos completes Washington Post purchase The Washington Post now belongs to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The soon-to-be-renamed Washington Post Co. is retaining the Kaplan education business, Slate magazine, TheRoot.com and Foreign Policy magazine, as well as the Post's headquarters.
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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.