Without Osmo Vanska, some say Minnesota Orchestra could lose its way Without a successful resolution of the ongoing Minnesota Orchestra labor dispute, internationally acclaimed music director Osmo Vanska could soon resign. That prospect worries patrons, some of whom say that without Vanska, the orchestra's lustrous reputation could be tarnished.5:40 a.m.
Vikings stadium: Why electronic pulltab gambling flopped Gamblers would love electronic pulltabs. Cash would flow and the state's cut from the new games would pay the public share of a new Vikings stadium. That's what Gov. Mark Dayton and other politicians predicted. A year later, that billion-dollar promise has mostly been a bust.6:20 a.m.
Major fire hits downtown Winona Firefighters appear to have the upper hand as a large blaze burns in downtown Winona. Fire crews have largely stopped the spread of the fire that began about 2 a.m. Friday and has burned several buildings. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Jerome Christianson, deputy editor of the Winona Daily News, while he was standing less than a block from the fire.6:50 a.m.
Rapidness of drought is unusual MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the suddeness of drought in much of Minnesota. He also has the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
Kline doubts Obama policy on Syria Even before the President's speech on Tuesday night, Republican Minnesota Rep. John Kline announced he would not support such action. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Rep. Kline to talk about Syria.7:40 a.m.
Reuters investigation spotlights online exchange of adopted kids Reuters has published a five-part series of stories about a practice known as "private re-homing", in which parents use Internet message boards to find homes for their adopted children when those adoptions are not working out well. Custody of the children often happens outside the view of child welfare authorities and some children are handed over to parents who would not be allowed to take in children.7:45 a.m.
Bears coach to face his hometown team the Vikings The Minnesota Vikings head to Chicago on Sunday for a noon game. The Bears' new head coach will be familiar to some Minnesota football fans. Marc Trestman played three seasons as quarterback for the Golden Gophers in the 1970s. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke about Trestman with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor at the Star Tribune.8:45 a.m.
Fit For A Novel: U.S., Russia Differences Over Syria
The past couple of weeks have sometimes felt like an international thriller as American and Russian leaders moved their chess pieces around the board. Renee Montagne talks to Washington Post columnist and novelist David Ignatius about the strategies involving Syria.
Living Gears Help This Bug Jump
Planthoppers are champion jumpers — launching themselves upward, hundreds of times their own height, in just a couple of milliseconds. They achieve this feat with the help of cog-like teeth on their legs — the first mechanical gear system ever found in nature.
Colorado Braces For More Rain And Flooding
Heavy rains continue to pound areas near Boulder. Hundreds are still waiting to return to their homes. Rescuers continued their search for people who may be stranded in cars or trapped in buildings.
Twitter Files For Initial Public Offering
Twitter announced via Tweet Thursday that it's launching its long awaited initial public offering. It will be the most high profile IPO since Facebook went public last year. But Twitter hopes to avoid the mishaps that's marred Facebook's stock market debut.
D.C. Mayor Vetoes Wage Bill Targeting Large Retailers
Wal-Mart says its plans to open six stores in the nation's capitol are back on after the mayor vetoed a so-called living wage bill that targeted big box retailers. The focus now turns to the District's 13 member City Council. The bill passed in July with eight votes — nine are needed to override a veto.
Sound Pioneer Ray Dolby Dies At 80
Dolby, who invented some of the technologies that revolutionized film and sound recording, was instrumental in developing surround sound technology. Dolby had been living with Alzheimer's and was diagnosed with leukemia this summer.
Dunkin Donuts Returns To Britain
The company on Thursday announced a deal for 50 new locations in London, with plans for more in the coming years. Dunkin did have shops in Britain but pulled out in the 1990s.