Minnesota Senate, Michael Brodkorb settle lawsuit The Minnesota Senate has settled a lawsuit brought by former staffer Michael Brodkorb. The $30,000 settlement matches the severance offered to Brodkorb before he was fired in December 2011 after he had an affair with the chamber's majority leader.6:50 a.m.
First week of fall for Twin Cities warmer than normal MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the start of fall in Minnesota. He also answers a question about how much moisture is stored in the soil in the wake of a recent dry spell that's brought drought conditions to more parts ot the state.6:55 a.m.
Many workers in International Falls focused on what comes after layoffs The layoffs have begun in International Falls. By the end of Monday, 265 people will have lost their job at the massive Boise paper mill that for years has been the communities biggest employer. Boise is shutting down two of the plant's machines. It's a familiar story: midwestern town loses industrial jobs. But what makes International Falls stand out is it's isolation. Workers there cannot jus drive to the next town over to find work. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Paul Nevanen who directs the Economic Development Board in Koochaching County.8:25 a.m.
Gopher football team looks faces big challenge in Big Ten's Iowa Hawkeyes In sports, the Vikings have announced that Matt Cassell will start at quarterback on Sunday in the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in London. First string quarterback Christian Ponder has a rib injury. And the University of Minnesota football team begins the Big Ten portion of their schedule when they host Iowa tomorrow at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about those stories.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
House GOP Leaders Gear Up For Debt Ceiling Battle
Even as the potential government shutdown drama remains unresolved, House Republican leaders are moving on to the next deadline: the debt ceiling. Economists say defaulting on payments could be catastrophic, but many House Republicans believe the debt ceiling is the best place to take a stand. Some even say the risk of default really isn't all that bad.
Houston Gears Up For Obamacare, Despite GOP Opposition
Leading Texas politicians have resisted the federal health care law. But in Houston, community groups and public health agencies are trying to educate the city's 800,000 uninsured residents about new coverage options.
Rebels Frustrated Syria 'Got Away' With Chemical Weapons Use
As Syria's civil war drags on, the rebels find themselves increasingly divided. This week, about a dozen armed opposition groups broke with the U.S.-backed Syrian National Coalition, a political organization that's been the voice of the rebels in the West. Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to Najib Ghadbian, the coalition's envoy to the United Nations.
'Trials' Relives Painful Past Of Muhammad Ali
Three-time heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali has been the subject of many documentaries. But a new one has arrived in theaters: The Trials of Muhammad Ali looks at the former champion's religious and political beliefs.
Failing Students Get 'Wired' For Success At Georgia Factory
An electric wire factory in western Georgia is staffed almost entirely by teenagers. They are there because of a partnership between a local company, Southwire, and the Carroll County school system. They teamed up six years ago to try to reduce the high school dropout rate.
Diane Ravitch Rebukes Education Activists' 'Reign Of Error'
Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch spent years advocating for an overhaul of the American education system. Now she criticizes changes that she used to support, like charter schools and school choice. She explains her reasoning in Reign of Error, her new book on the pitfalls of privatizing education.
Students Find Ways To Hack School-Issued iPads Within A Week
Los Angeles Unified School District started issuing iPads to its students this school year, as part of a $30 million deal with Apple. But less than a week after getting their iPads, hundreds of students had found a way to bypass software blocks meant to limit what websites the students can use.
Shanghai To Open Free-Trade Zone To Boost China's Growth
On Sunday, Shanghai will open a free trade area that officials say will be a laboratory for overhauling the world's second-largest economy. The new zone is garnering lots of media attention in China, but details remain sketchy.
Is North America The Next World Capital Of Energy?
A perfect storm of sorts is leading some Western energy companies to step back from investments and operations in the Middle East. Companies see increased risk in the region because of the turmoil and violence following the Arab Spring. And, advances in technology have made it easier to produce oil in North America.
TomTato Is The Latest Wonderplant
A British gardening mail order firm introduced the TomTato: a tomato-potato plant. Cherry tomatoes and white potatoes have been grafted together. The hybrid hit European garden centers this week.