Hennepin Co. Sheriff talks about security for members of Congress In the wake of the Arizona shooting spree that killed six and critically wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, questions have been raised regarding the security available to Minnesota's members of Congress at public events in the state.
MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Hennepin Co. Sheriff and former state Commissioner of Public Safety Rich Stanek about security for Minnesota's members of Congress.7:25 a.m.
State teachers union faces a new political landscape Education Minnesota, which has a better relationship with Democrats, could wield far less clout after Republicans now control both the House and Senate. But no one is counting the state teachers union out yet.7:45 a.m.
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has ideas on streamlining regulations Both Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders in the legislature say they want to streamline government regulations. Their contention is that Minnesota is at a competitive disadvantage because of the time it takes to get the required permits for building projects under current regulation standards. The Minnesota Chamber is proposing several law changes designed to streamline regulations regarding environmental impact.
MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Tony Kwilas, the Chamber's director of environment and natural resources policy, about some of these proposed changes.8:24 a.m.
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Fast-Acting Citizens Kept Shooting From Being Worse
A court appearance is scheduled Monday for the man accused of carrying out Saturday's mass shooting as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords met with constituents in Tucson, Ariz. Six people were killed and more than a dozen were wounded, including Giffords who was shot in the head.
Rep. Giffords' District Stunned By Shooting
People in Tucson, Ariz., are used to border issues and immigration, but the city has traditionally considered itself a bit immune to the controversy that swirls around the state capitol in Phoenix. So a lot of people are wondering what would make someone hate enough to shoot 20 people.
Rural Voters Travel Far To Vote In Southern Sudan
In Southern Sudan, millions of voters started streaming to the polls Sunday -- traveling by foot, mule, bicycle and boat to cast ballots over whether the south should secedes from the north. The vote caps a decades-long period of war, death and disease that was halted six years ago by a peace accord that paved the way to Sunday's referendum.
North Waits As Southern Sudan Votes On Secession
In Southern Sudan, polls are open for the second day of voting in the week-long referendum that is expected to split Africa's largest country into two. Southerners who live in the North are eligible to vote. Meanwhile, people in the North wait to see what the outcome means for the future of their country.
In California, New Governor Faces Budget Woes
Gov. Jerry Brown will unveil a new state budget designed to erase a deficit that could be as high as $28 billion dollars. The early buzz is nothing but bad news. He will reportedly call for deep cuts in a number of areas -- from social services to higher education and beyond.
To Beat Chickenpox, 2 Shots Of Vaccine Are Best
A study that measured antibodies and the disease history of more than 200 kids found that two doses of vaccine were 98 percent effective in preventing chickenpox compared with 86 percent for a single dose.
Closing The Achievement Gap With Baby Talk
A child growing up in a poor home hears fewer words per hour on average than a child in a higher-income household, research has shown. So around the country, programs are trying to reduce the achievement gap by getting parents to talk more to their kids.
Leak Shuts Down Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline
Oil prices are up after a pipeline that carries more than 10 percent of U.S. crude oil output was shut down over the weekend because of a leak. There's still no sign of when the Trans-Alaska Pipeline will reopen. Oil companies involved -- including BP -- have suspended nearly all production from the North Slope area.