Tight rental market pushes people out of the Twin Cities The Twin Cities metro area is experiencing the lowest rental housing vacancy rate in about a decade. The tight market and rising rents are making it difficult for people to find cheap apartments. The trend is unsettling for people who feel they are being priced out of the city and pushed further into the suburbs.7:20 a.m.
Mapped: More than 20 proposed frac sand facilities MPR News has created a map to illustrate the current level of frac sand mining in Minnesota, based on data from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and several counties in the affected areas. It's the most comprehensive map to date showing frac sand mining activity in Minnesota.7:25 a.m.
May snow sideswipes Minnesota; trees down, power outtages Last night's last-minute eastward shift of about 30 miles spared the central Twin Cities from significant snowfall. Just don't tell that to folks in Cottage Grove, Owatonna, Red Wing, Hastings and Ellsworth who are digging out from 6 to 14 inches of heavy wet snow on May 2.7:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Hunger-Striking Detainees At Guantanamo Are Force-Fed
Almost two-thirds of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are on a hunger strike. The Navy sent dozens of extra medics this week to care for them, and to force-feed some of them. Reporter Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald recently returned from Guantanamo. She describes to Renee Montagne the force-feeding procedure at the prison.
How Will Obama Make His Case On Syria?
When it comes to the U.S. role in Syria's civil war, President Obama says he's weighing all options. Whatever he decides, he'll have to make his case to a public that hasn't been paying close attention.
Lady Mechanic Initiative Trains Women For 'The Best Job'
A young woman in Nigeria says God spoke to her in her dreams, guiding her to become a car mechanic. Despite initial resistance from her family, she fulfilled her vocation and has gone on to train other young women to do what one trainee calls "the best job in the world."
Rapper Chris Kelly Dies, Half Of Kris Kross
Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly and his partner Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith were both barely teenagers when they hit the top of the charts with the song Jump in 1992. Their signature style was wearing their clothes backwards. Chris Kelly died Tuesday in Atlanta. He was 34.
New York Tobacco Regulations Light Up Public Health Debate
On Thursday, the City Council will debate proposals including raising the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21. Also on the table is a ban on tobacco displays behind retail registers. Critics are pushing back, arguing that the changes won't have the intended effect.
Imagine A Flying Pig: How Words Take Shape In The Brain
Linguists used to think the human brain had a specific region devoted to understanding language. But brain scans now indicate that regions controlling vision, movement, taste, smell and touch are all called into action when we think of a word, too.
Stocks Rise Despite Lackluster Corporate Earnings Reports
This is the time of year when corporations report how they did during the first three months of the year. The picture so far has been mixed. While a lot of companies are doing fairly well in the U.S., they are seeing business drop off in other places like Europe.
Facebook Releases Quarterly Earnings Report
The company showed a profit of nearly $220 million for the quarter but it fell short of analysts' expectations. CEO Mark Zuckerberg blamed the missed target on higher costs. Company spending is up 60 percent this quarter over the previous one due to hiring and new developments.
A Rhodes-Like Scholarship For Study In China
Stephen Schwarzman, co-founder of Blackstone Group, is launching a $300 million scholarship program in Beijing. He says his goal is to help to improve the understanding of China and ease Western fears about its growing economic power. "There'll be complete freedom of expression [and] discussion," he says.