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  • Anoka County Commissioner  Scott SchulteWill Minnesota counties levy $10 wheelage tax? Thursday deadline looms
    The Legislature this year extended the wheelage tax option to all 87 Minnesota counties   and then doubled the fee to $10. Counties have until Thursday to tell the state if they'll levy the tax -- and so far, they're nearly evenly divided on the topic.6:20 a.m.
  • Susan SegalMpls. wants streamlined city charter, without legal quagmire
    This fall, Minneapolis voters will consider the first major overhaul of the city's charter in almost a century.7:20 a.m.
  • Plaintiff on unionization case says his clients may refile later
    A judge has dismissed two federal lawsuits aimed at stopping the unionization of state-subsidized child care providers. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis ruled that since no union election or collective bargaining has occured yet, it would be premature for him to determine the Constitutionality of a "speculative scenario." The lawsuits that were filed claimed that the new state unionization measure violates federal labor law and infringes on first amendment rights of free association. The rulings clear the way for the AFSCME Council 5 union to move ahead with its efforts to organize more than 12,700 in-home providers. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with the attorney for the plaintiffs Doug Seaton.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Morsi Supporters Face Government Crackdown In Egypt
    In Egypt, the military-backed interim government is moving to end protests by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. This follows a weekend police attack in Cairo on those supporters — the deadliest since the political crisis began.
  • How Food Aid Is Being Used As A Weapon In Syria
    The civil war in Syria has left millions of people dependent on food aid. But delivering that aid to rebel-held areas is an enormous challenge. And food aid is being used as a weapon to control the population in both government and rebel territory.
  • Chris Hadfield On Going Viral In Space
    Chris Hadfield became a star as commander of the International Space Station, reaching out via social media to offer the public entertaining glimpses into life in orbit. Shortly after his return from the ISS, Hadfield announced his retirement from the Canadian Space Agency. Linda Wertheimer talks with Hadfield about his efforts to keep the public interested in space travel.
  • A Peek Inside The Afghan Parliament
    Afghanistan's parliament began its summer recess having barely squeaked out two important laws governing next year's presidential election. Beyond that, the country's lawmakers failed to get through a number of other important initiatives. What was the session like for the lawmakers and the journalists who cover them?
  • How To Find A Path Off The Dreaded Diet Plateau
    At first the pounds melt off and then, nothing. But diet plateaus are a normal part of the body's adjusting to a lower weight. Weight loss experts say trying a variety of tactics can help move beyond the diet plateau. For most people exercise works best.
  • Two-Day Diets: How Mini Fasts Can Help Maximize Weight Loss
    The idea of intermittent mini-fasting seems to be gaining traction. The appeal: Dieters have to restrict calories for only two days a week. Research suggests this approach is more effective than trying to cut back on calories 24/7.
  • Mega Merger Combines Ad Companies Publicis, Omnicom
    France's Publicis and U.S.-based Omnicom announced Sunday night that they're joining forces. Together, they'll be the largest advertising holding company in the world.
  • Why Don't More People Care About Insider Trading?
    David Greene talks to Vanity Fair financial journalist Bryan Burrough about the SAC hedge fund insider trading case, and how little the public cares, compared with the 1980s insider trading crackdown that was widely followed and became a part of popular culture.
  • Man Approaches 3 Million Miles On Volvo
    Irv Gordon was a young high school teacher when he bought his Volvo P1800 coupe in 1966. The Long Island resident has since driven almost 3 million miles in that car.
  • Food Stamps At The Heart Of Farm Bill Political Drama
    When the House passed its version of the farm bill earlier this month, one major section was missing: the nutrition title. That includes the food stamp program, now called SNAP.

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