The new Common Core State Standards in English require that nonfiction texts represent 50 percent of reading assignments in elementary schools, increasing to 70 percent by grade 12.Read more ›
The American Lung Association will release Wednesday its an annual report that tracks policies related to tobacco and tobacco prevention.Read more ›
The NRA is arguably the most powerful lobbying group in Washington, but they're facing increasing scrutiny from politicians and citizens alike in the wake of the Newtown shooting. But a majority of Americans still have a favorable view of the group.Read more ›
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Kerri Miller joined MPR News in June 2004 as host of MPR's News' Midmorning and Talking Volumes. Before that she was an award-winning television reporter for KARE 11. She has been a radio and television news reporter since 1981.
Tom Weber has reported on K12 education and served as a general assignment reporter since joining MPR News in 2008. He was a news anchor and reporter for KWMU in St. Louis for more than five years. His reporting has aired on national radio programs, including "Morning Edition" and "Marketplace."
Stephanie Curtis has produced events, daily news shows, documentaries, conferences and call-ins for MPR News. She also was among the pioneering producers who launched The Current. You can hear her discuss movies every Thursday on The Cube Critics.