For Dayton and some business leaders, tensions bubble to the surface The president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce plans to meet with top Dayton administration officials to discuss tension between the governor and business leaders. Chamber officials accuse Dayton of misrepresenting Minnesota's business climate and dismissing their concerns about the repercussions of raising taxes on top earners.6:45 a.m.
New starting pitchers highlight change for Twins The Minnesota Twins host the Detroit Tigers for opening day at Target Field in Minneapolis today. New starting pitcher Vance Worley throws the first pitch at about 3 p.m. The team is coming off a dismal season when it went 66-96. The Twins have since made several off-season moves to try and improve the team. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the season to come.7:25 a.m.
Duluth prepares for its Tall Ships to come in Tickets will go on sale Monday for this summer's Tall Ships festival, which can attract about 250,000 people to Lake Superior. That's how many came to the port city in 2010 to see the grand sailing ships that evoke the nation's nautical past in the largest event ever held in northeast Minnesota.7:45 a.m.
"The Dakota-U.S. War of 1862" exhibit to be displayed at the Smithsonian It's been 151 years since the U.S.-Dakota War happened on Minnesota's plains. Hundreds died and most Dakota were exiled from the state. Descendents of people on both sides of the conflict are still coping with the aftermath. Now, that state history is getting a place on the national stage. An exhibit created by the Nicollet County Historical Society and students at Gustavus Adolphus College will be shown at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. It's called "Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota-U.S. War of 1862." MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Ben Leonard, the executive director of the Nicollet County Historical Society. He helped teach the class that created the exhibit.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Pakistan's Ambitious Program To Re-Educate Militants
Pakistan's isolated Swat Valley is ground zero for a quiet experiment by the Pakistani army: a little-known program aimed at re-educating thousands of young men who were taken in by the Taliban. Using international funds and a contingent of army officers, Pakistan is trying to turn would-be terrorists into law-abiding citizens.
EPA's Push For More Ethanol Could Be Too Little, Too Late
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could soon issue a final ruling that aims to force oil companies to replace E10, gasoline mixed with 10 percent ethanol, with E15. This move could come just as widespread support for ethanol, which is made from corn, appears to be eroding.
'Swatting' Calls Put Communities At Risk
Law enforcement officers across the country have been responding to a wave of high-profile "swatting" events. The prank involves someone calling 911, detailing a major crime that forces a response by a SWAT team. The emergencies are fake but the hoaxes have serious consequences.
Study Hints Vitamin D Might Help Curb High Blood Pressure
In the ongoing debate about the possible benefits of vitamin D supplements, a study suggests that the vitamin might indeed play a role in mildly reducing high blood pressure. The study was small and looked at just African-Americans, but the authors say the findings warrant further research.
Novartis Loses Patent Battle In India
India's Supreme Court on Monday rejected drug maker Novartis AG's attempt to patent a new version of a cancer drug. It's a landmark decision that health activists say ensures poor patients around the world will get continued access to cheap versions of lifesaving medicines.
'A Lovely Feeling': Celebrating Older Women With Fabulous Style
The fashion industry is sometimes criticized for unrealistic portrayals of young women. But if you're a woman older than 60, there are almost no portrayals, realistic or otherwise. Now a fashion blog called Advanced Style has made stars of some of these older fashionistas, including a 93-year-old who says the spotlight makes her feel like she's "part of the world."
YouTube Announcement Scares Some
The video-sharing website announced on Sunday that it was shutting down. Executives said the site was actually designed as an 8-year contest to find the best video on the web. Just a reminder, the announcement was made early — on the day before April Fools Day.
Syrian Government Stronghold Raqqa Falls To Rebels
The Syrian provincial capital of Raqqa is the first city to fall entirely to rebels who are fighting to bring down President Bashar Assad's regime. We have the story of Mohammad Abdel Aziz, who witnessed the fall of Raqqa from inside a prison cell.