Climatologist talks about weather extremes this May MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about snow and then triple digit temperature readings within just a couple of weeks this month in Minnesota. He also outlines a rainy weekend ahead.6:55 a.m.
New stadium funding plan revealed State officials are turning to cigarette taxes and tightening up corporate income tax enforcement to pay most of the state's share of the nearly billion-dollar project. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson about the story.7:20 a.m.
2 Minnesota women sentenced in Somali terror case The two women convicted of using a charity fundraising network to funnel money to a terrorist group in Somalia were sentenced to prison, in a long-running investigation of al-Shabab recruitment and financing in the United States.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
AP Case Adds To Obama Team's Tough Record On Leaks
His administration has prosecuted six people for giving reporters information about secret national security operations — twice as many cases as all previous presidents combined. Amid criticism from First Amendment advocates, the White House insists it values both press freedoms and national security.
Weighing Freedom Of The Press Against Public Safety
The Justice Department has been scrutinized this week for secretly obtaining phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors while investigating the disclosure of a CIA operation to thwart a terrorist attack. Steve Inskeep talks to Floyd Abrams, a leading First Amendment lawyer, about how the Constitution and the law treat press freedom.
Select Young Afghans Chosen As Commandos In Training
From the Afghan capital Kabul, Morning Edition's Renee Montagne talks to Gen. Joseph Dunford, the commander of all U.S. and international forces there. They discuss the challenges of the current situation on the ground, and look ahead to the withdrawal of NATO combat troops in 2014.
Cape Cod Community To Vote On Status Of Wind Turbines
In the Cape Cod community of Falmouth, voters will decide if two, town-owned wind turbines will be taken down. Dozens have complained of headaches, insomnia and other issues since the first turbine started spinning in 2010.
First U.S. Company To Enter Export Market For Natural Gas
With supplies high and prices at historic lows, there's debate whether U.S. companies should be allowed to export the gas overseas for a higher price. Many energy companies have applied for government approval to ship liquefied natural gas worldwide. So far, only one company has gotten a license to do that in the past 30 years..
Sam Amidon: Reshaping An American Folk Tradition
Shape-note singing is a communal form of music that began in New England 200 years ago, mostly from townsfolk without any musical training. Sam Amidon says the melodies of shape-note hymns are some of the "deepest-seated for me."
Dell's 1st Quarter Profits Worse Than Anticipated
A 79 percent drop in earnings — That's what the computer maker reported to investors Thursday. The reason, analysts say, it's harder to sell PCs these days with the growing popularity of smartphones and tablets
Obama Names OMB Controller As Acting IRS Commissioner
On Thursday, President Obama named Daniel Werfel, 42, acting IRS commissioner. The announcement comes a day after the resignation of Steven Miller, who got caught up in the controversy over the IRS targeting Tea Party groups.
Budget Woes Mean Big Delays For Small Claims Courts
With budgets tight, the court in San Joaquin County, Calif., stopped hearing all small claims cases in September. More than 800 people have since filed claims with no hearing dates in sight. Many other counties nationwide are experiencing similar delays for civil cases as they grapple with spending cuts.
And You Thought Your Co-Workers Had Lame Reasons For Absences
A British health care company has compiled some real doozies of excuses for missing work. Here are some interesting ones that appeared in The Daily Telegraph: My fish is sick, I've had a hair dye disaster, and a cup of baked beans landed on my big toe.