Hundreds of water permit holders pumping more than allowed Records show hundreds of water permit holders in Minnesota are illegally using billions of gallons more water then they are allowed. But they face few consequences for these misdemeanor violations. Even in a two-year drought, state officials admit they don't spend much time enforcing permit limits.7:20 a.m.
Frac sand mining moratorium bill stirs debate After a state Senate committee approved a one-year moratorium on new silica sand mines, lawmakers are debating whether Minnesota should place tougher regulations on silica sand mining.7:40 a.m.
Schulze faces another deadline to make a bid for Best Buy Best Buy founder Richard Schulze has today and tomorrow to finalize a bid for the company he led for more than four decades. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with reporter Martin Moylan, who has been following the Best Buy saga.8:25 a.m.
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Supreme Court Weighs Future Of Voting Rights Act
The provision at issue in Wednesday's case before the court applies to parts of the U.S. where discriminatory voting practices were once rampant. The formula that covers those areas hasn't changed since 1975. The crux of the case: whether times have changed so much that Congress violated the Constitution when it reauthorized the law in 2006.
Comedian Fights To Hold On To His Day Job
Vince Sicari presides over traffic ticket cases, among other things, in South Hackensack, N.J. It's only a part-time position. By night, the judge moonlights as a standup comic which violates state ethics rules. Sicari has appealed to the state's highest court, arguing the public can tell the difference between his two personas.
Sequester Cuts Free Some Immigration Detainees
Reaction is coming in after the Obama administration's unusual move releasing immigration detainees due to budget cuts. An Arizona sheriff is blasting the sequestration gridlock for undermining the safety of local communities. Immigrant rights groups, however, say it shouldn't take a budget crisis to do what they think is right.
Ex-State Rep. Likely To Replace Jesse Jackson Jr.
Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly has captured the Democratic nomination in the race to replace disgraced former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. She is all but assured a win in April's general election because the Chicago-area district is overwhelmingly Democratic.
In Many Families, Exercise Is By Appointment Only
Many parents struggle to find the time to get their kids the exercise they need. Hectic lives are often filled with shuttling children from one sports activity to the next. But some parents are trying to make walking and biking part of their daily lives, not something they have to schedule.
Colleges Prepare For Automatic Federal Budget Cuts
Colleges and universities are bracing for steep spending reductions in student aid and research funding due to the looming sequestration process. Financial aid offices are scrambling to offset the drop. University researchers say they're already seeing delays in federal grant making.
Americans Earn More Than Their Parents (With A Caveat), Study Says
Most Americans are earning more money than their parents, according to a new study from Pew's Economic Mobility Project. But that doesn't tell the whole picture: It often takes two incomes to surpass the one salary that was enough for the younger generation's parents.
Across-The-Board Cuts Make Sequester Uniquely Painful
Government agencies don't have much leeway when they plan for budget cuts that are scheduled to take effect at the end of the week. The sequester law was designed to make it almost impossible for the government to dampen the impact.