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  • Waiting in lineGun control advocates aim for tougher laws next session
    State legislators passed a public safety bill with bipartisan support that includes measures to shore up the state's criminal background check system and to fund school safety programs. However, they say the legislation falls short and they plan to try for a more comprehensive bill next session.6:20 a.m.
  • Abdi WarsameAbdi Warsame, contender for City Council, out to change perspectives
    Abdi Warsame has never run for office before, but last month he won the DFL party endorsement over a three-term incumbent. If successful, he could be the first Somali-American elected to the Minneapolis City Council.7:20 a.m.
  • Revenue commissioner: Tax changes could help business
    The 2013 legislative session ended this week with the state legislature approving tax changes expected to generate $2.1 billion in new revenue. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans, who explained some of the new taxes.7:25 a.m.
  • New trees a sign of recovery in north Minneapolis
    For residents of North Minneapolis, it was two years ago today that a tornado devastated parts of that community, and their recovery is far from complete. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minneapolis Park Board forestry director Ralph Sievert about developments.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Rescuers Check Piles Of Debris For Survivors In Moore, Okla.
    Search and rescue teams continue digging through the rubble of demolished buildings in Moore, Okla., after Monday's devastating tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City suburbs. Officials there say there are still some people unaccounted for — exactly how many isn't clear.
  • House, Senate Consider Cuts In Food Stamp Program
    Both the House and Senate are considering farm bills that would cut spending on food stamps, one of the most expensive government programs. But people disagree on how much the changes would affect recipients.
  • Boomer Housemates Have More Fun
    Some single baby boomers are moving into group houses, a college-era solution to their modern needs. Housemates share costs, socialize, and cheer each other on through life's thick and thin.
  • Parking Industry Tries To Make Your Life Easier
    The future of parking has been showcased in Fort Lauderdale, Fla, this week at the International Parking Institute's annual conference. The conversation has been about helping drivers get in and out of spaces as conveniently as possible.
  • Boy Scouts To Decide Whether To Admit Gay Youth
    The Boy Scouts of America votes in Texas this week on whether to change its century old membership policy. The proposal is to open up the scouts to allow gay youth to join and continue to ban on adults who are gay. About 1,400 voting members will decide.
  • Why Apple (And Lots Of Other Companies) Wound Up In Ireland
    It goes back to a single page in a report written decades ago by U.S. consultants, and funded by the U.S. State Department.
  • Earning News Sends Home Depot Stock Higher
    Home Depot got a boost from the housing recovery. Its first quarter net-income rose 18 percent, exceeding expectations. The company acknowledged that while cool and wet spring weather had a negative impact on some of Home Depot's seasonal business, its core business stayed strong.
  • Court Rules Vacation Rental Site Illegal In New York
    In New York, a judge has dealt a setback to Airbnb, the popular website for short term apartment rentals. The judge ruled an Airbnb user violated a New York City law when he rented a room to a visitor from out of town. The judge's decision casts doubt on New Yorkers' ability to make use of the site legally.
  • Quantum Or Not, New Supercomputer Is Certainly Something Else
    NASA and Google have come together to buy a new kind of computer that the manufacturer says runs on the strange laws of quantum mechanics. But some physicists counter that the machine, known as the D-Wave Two, has never demonstrated a phenomenon known as "quantum entanglement."
  • Qantas Airlines To Offer In-Flight Books
    The Australian airline plans to customize works by Australian authors to fit the length of the flight.

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