Q&A: How to prepare your garden Following an unseasonably warm spring, sprouts and buds are already appearing in some parts of Minnesota. Is there a right time to plant or does it depend on what the weather is like in a given year?4:45 p.m.
Voter ID bill headed to Senate floor The Minnesota Senate is set to vote on a measure that would ask voters to change the state constitution to require people to show photo identification to vote.5:20 p.m.
Q&A: Councilman Samuels on tornado recovery It's been ten months since a tornado tore through north Minneapolis causing more than $16 million in damage to public infrastructure. City Council Member Don Samuels, who represents much of that area, speaks with MPR News.5:53 p.m.
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Shooting Suspect Remains Cornered In Toulouse
Police in Toulouse, France, surrounded a building where they said they had cornered the suspect in seven deadly shootings. The victims included four Jews and two Muslims and highlighted issues of racism in France.
As Illegal Immigrants Increase, Israel Plans To Act
Israel has become a destination for migrants from Africa in recent years, and now Israeli authorities are planning to crack down on those in the country without permission. Israel is building a fence along its southern border with Egypt as well as a large detention facility that will hold more than 10,000.
Romney Adviser's 'Etch A Sketch' Comment Draws Flak From Rivals
Despite Mitt Romney's big win in Illinois, his campaign is on the defensive Wednesday after one of his senior advisers told CNN: "I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It's almost like an Etch A Sketch — you can kind of shake it up and we start all over again."
Lots Of GOP Money Flowing From The Texas Two
The latest Federal Election Commission reports shed new light on the political largesse of two Texas businessmen. One has contributed to three active GOP presidential candidates, including a new $1 million check to the superPAC backing Rick Santorum. The other just gave $3 million more to Mitt Romney's superPAC.
U.N. Security Council Approves Annan's Syria Plan
Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan got a boost from the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday as he tries to resolve the crisis in Syria. The Council endorsed his six point plan for a ceasefire, humanitarian aid and a political process. At the State Department, Secretary Hillary Clinton called it a positive step and urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to commit to the peace plan or face increasing pressure.
Review: 'Hope: A Tragedy'
A new novel from Shalom Auslander includes among its characters, Anne Frank. In Hope: A Tragedy, she survived the Holocaust and is discovered hiding in the attic of a house in rural New York state being rented by the book's main character. Alan Cheuse, a writing teacher at George Mason University, has a review.
Reggae In The U.K.: A Steady Force
As long as there has been reggae, there has been U.K. reggae. But the way the Jamaican sound has filtered into the British pop mainstream hasn't always favored the black musicians who created or imported the style.