First part of July 2012 sets records for heat MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about record high temperatures in the Twin Cities through the first 10 days of July. He also discusses some records that are still on the books from when the government started recording weather information in Minnesota in the 1870s.6:55 a.m.
Minn. Lynx Olympians ready their game for height of competition Today, the WNBA starts a five-week break as the Olympics soon get underway. That means rest for some of the Minnesota Lynx, last year's champions, but not for three of its players: forward Maya Moore, and guards Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whelan are headed to London.7:25 a.m.
Zoo in Duluth ready for visitors post-flood The Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth reopens today. The zoo was forced to close after the grounds were flooded during the huge storm on June 20th. As a result of the flooding, eleven animals died and a seal, that escaped the zoo and ended up on Grand Avenue, is now housed at the Como Zoo in St. Paul. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Sam Maida, CEO of the Lake Superior Zoo.8:25 a.m.
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Paterno's Legacy Marred By PSU Sex Abuse Report
Penn State's trustees meet Friday, and will consider dozens of recommendations for changing the university's culture. Former FBI Director Louis Freeh says a lack of openness and accountability at the school allowed a sexual predator to abuse children there. After an eight-month investigation, Freeh concluded high-level officials knew Jerry Sandusky was abusing children but chose to keep that secret.
County Considers Eminent Domain As Foreclosure Fix
California's San Bernardino County says seizing troubled properties would allow those homeowners to refinance their loans. Critics say the plan, if implemented, will be bad for business and could dissuade banks from making future loans in the county.
NAACP Applauds Biden's Voting Rights Message
One of the top concerns of delegates to the NAACP convention in Houston is the spread of voter ID laws, which proponents say reduces fraud. Opponents say requiring voters to present government-issued identification cards tends to suppress the minority vote. Vice President Joe Biden addressed the group Thursday.
Obama Trip Focuses On Keeping Virginia A Blue State
President Obama begins a two-day campaign swing through Virginia on Friday. He won the state handily four years ago. Since then, Republicans have rebounded in a series of elections, and the state will be among the most hotly-contested in November.
'Woody At 100' Celebrates Guthrie's Music
Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma, 100 years ago Saturday. Woody at 100, a new book and CD set from Smithsonian Folkways, pays tribute to Guthrie's enduring musical legacy.
In Ancient Ore. Dump, Clues To The First Americans?
The small projectile points seem to be 14,500 years old, the oldest direct evidence of people in America. The weapons appear to be as old or older than points made by the Clovis, who were thought to be the first in the Americas.
Sigourney Weaver: No Damsel In Distress
The actress stars in the new TV drama Political Animals as Elaine Barrish, a former first lady and current secretary of state. She spoke to Morning Edition's Renee Montagne about the new show and the kind of female characters she tends to get cast as.
Geithner Pointed Out LIBOR Concerns In 2008
We now know that U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner pointed out problems with the way London's key interest rates were set. He did this in 2008, in the midst of the financial crisis. At the time, Geithner was the head of the New York Federal Reserve. Barclays has agreed to pay U.S. and U.K. to settle charges the bank manipulated that interest rate.
JPMorgan Reveals Earnings, Trading Losses
For the first time since a big trading loss rocked the company, JPMorgan reports its quarterly earnings Friday. Among other things, the bank says how much it lost in the failed hedging strategy it disclosed in May.
Team USA Predicted To Take The Most Medals
The Summer Olympics games begin two weeks from Friday in London. It's expected the winners list will look something like this: Team USA will take the most medals, followed by China and then Russia. But China will take the most gold, followed by the U.S.