Latest heat wave in the top 10 percent in history MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the heat and humidity this week. He also answers a question about what day of the year has the least chance for precipitation in the Twin Cities.6:55 a.m.
University Avenue business see light rail construction rebound Once the Green Line light rail cars start running next year between Minneapolis and St. Paul and bring tens of thousands of people past her door on University Avenue, Ni Dao hopes business will be better than ever for her Ha Tien BBQ and Deli. And she's not alone.7:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Lawmakers Consider Retooling Voting Rights Act
Congress this week has convened its first hearings about the Voting Rights Act since the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of that law last month. The meetings offer some insights into what, if anything, lawmakers will do to restore the stricken section that enables the Justice Department to review in advance changes to state voting laws.
U.S. Worries NSA Leaker's Files Could Be Hacked
The Russian lawyer for NSA leaker Edward Snowden predicts his client will soon get temporary asylum in Russia. Snowden and his allies say his laptops contain files that could be highly damaging to NSA operations. Security experts say it would be challenging but by no means impossible for Russian (or Chinese) cyber technicians to gain access to the files Snowden has with him, in spite of his promises to safeguard them.
Detroit Files Nation's Largest-Ever Municipal Bankruptcy
Detroit has become the biggest American city ever to file for bankruptcy, seeking Chapter 9 protection from creditors and unions owed some $18.5 billion in debt and liabilities. What's ahead for debt-ridden Detroit? Quinn Klinefelter WDET.
IRS Now Under Fire From Democrats, Too
Congress held yet another hearing on the IRS targeting scandal Thursday. But unlike previous hearings, in which the IRS took the brunt of the tough questions for flagging conservative groups, this time the auditor whose report sparked the proceedings got equally tough questions from Democrats. They accuse him of neglecting to point out that liberal groups received similar scrutiny.
Tour De France Racers Want To Leave Shadow Of Doping Behind
The Tour de France reaches its conclusion on Sunday. This year, angry competitors said they were sick of riding under the cloud of dopers from the 1990s and 2000s. The current race appears to be dope-free, but one can't be sure about that yet.
How To Fight Racial Bias When It's Silent And Subtle
New research suggests that racial disparities and other biased outcomes in medicine, the criminal justice system, and other areas, can be explained by unconscious attitudes and stereotypes. But how do we get rid of subtle racial biases?
40 Years Later, A Black-And-White Photo Gets New Life
The Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case and the issues of race surrounding it got photographer Joseph Crachiola thinking about a picture he took almost 40 years ago of a group of black and white children playing happily together in the streets of a Detroit suburb. Renee Montagne talks to Crachiola about the photo, which has gone viral since he posted it on Facebook after the Zimmerman verdict.
Moody's Investors Service Upgrades U.S. Debt
Moody's lifted the rating from "negative" to "stable" and affirmed the country's AAA rating. In a statement, it said the U.S. economy has demonstrated resilience in the face of major cuts to government spending. The country is on track to report its lowest annual deficit in five years.
Pa. City Tries Wild West Auction To Rope In Cash
Harrisburg is auctioning off thousands of items that were supposed to be included in a failed museum — including artifacts said to have ties to Wyatt Earp, Jesse James and Buffalo Bill. City leaders hope the auction will put a dent in Harrisburg's $370 million in debt.