Climatologist analyzes a rare tornado in Lake County MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about an unusual location for a tornado in Minnesota which touched down near Lake Superior. And he says it's been a wet spring and summer so far this year in many parts of the state.6:55 a.m.
No budget deal could result in the state's largest layoff State government is the largest single employer in Minnesota with about 35,000 employees working for various state agencies under the executive branch, some 4,000 people working in state courts and higher education and tens of thousands more in higher education.7:20 a.m.
Malick's 'The Tree of Life' a deeply intimate film Minneapolis producer Bill Pohlad's controversial new film "The Tree of Life" opens in Minnesota this weekend. It recently won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and drew raves from some critics, but others found it mystifying and even pretentious.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Among Pakistanis, Perception Of U.S. Aid Varies
A study released this week by the Center for Global Development found widespread Pakistani discontent with U.S. aid. The U.S. has spent more than $20 billion on the country over the past decade, but many Pakistanis fault the pace of the spending while others note that most of the aid goes to the country's military.
S.D. Floodwaters Will Rise When Corps Opens Dams
Floodwaters around Pierre, S.D., are creeping up, and they're about to get much higher. The dams along the Missouri River can't hold back a massive surge of water spurred by record rains in Montana. The Army Corps of Engineers is about to open those dams to record flows. Residents are moving to higher ground.
Pentagon Papers, Minus 11 Words, To Be Released
The Pentagon Papers that were leaked four decades ago by Daniel Ellsberg have been formally declassified. They will be released in their entirety this month — except for 11 words. Mary Louise Kelly speaks with John Prados of the National Security Archive about what is still a secret.
Hulu To Distribute Miramax Films
Miramax Films has a new deal with Hulu to digitally distribute its vast library of films. It includes Oscar winners like Shakespeare in Love and Good Will Hunting — as well as cult favorites like "Kill Bill" and Clerks.
'Submarine' Examines Teenage Boy's Coming Of Age
In Hollywood, now is the time summer blockbusters start being released. But some good smaller films work their way into the mix too. The coming of age story, Submarine, may be one of the best.
New Portugal Government To Deal With Economy
The people of Portugal vote in an election Sunday to choose a new government to replace the one that collapsed over its unpopular austerity program. Portugal is deeply in debt, and has promised to make unpopular changes in welfare and labor policies in return for a massive bailout by the IMF and the European Union.
Online Coupon Seller Groupon Files For IPO
The group coupon advertiser filed paperwork for an initial public offering Thursday. Groupon is actually losing money, but it hopes investors will ignore that and pay hundreds of millions of dollars for its shares.
China To Make Mastering Cyberwarfare A Priority
China has rejected allegations of involvement in a cyberspying campaign targeting the Google email accounts of top U.S. officials, military personnel and journalists. In an op-ed in a party-run newspaper, two strategists from the Chinese military, without mentioning Google's recent claims, wrote that China must make mastering cyberwarfare a military priority as the Internet becomes the crucial battleground for opinion and intelligence.