Community mourns boys killed in mudslide Families and community continue to mourn the deaths of two boys killed in a St. Paul park mudslide earlier this week. Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to attend a memorial at Peter Hobart Elementary School on Friday for the victims, Mohamed Fofana and Haysem Sani.6:45 a.m.
Climatologist reviews just how wet May has been so far MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about May temperatures and precipitation in Minnesota so far. And he answers the question: Has it ever snowed on Memorial Day in the state?6:55 a.m.
Capitol building restoration to enter next stage If all goes according to plan, the marble on Minnesota's century-old State Capitol building will be restored to its original gleaming white in about four years. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Spencer Cronk, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Administration, about the renovation.7:25 a.m.
It's cabin-opening season for some Minnesotans Memorial Day weekend is upon us and many Minnesotans are heading north on clogged highways to summer cabins. With the long winter and late ice-out on many lakes, for some this could be the first visit since last fall. One family opened up the cabin that's provided a summer retreat to four generations.7:45 a.m.
Business loans aim to boost Native American entrepreneurship Even though the city of Bemidji is surrounded by three Indian reservations, there have been few Native American-owned businesses in town. Now, a Red Lake tribal member has opened what is believed to be the first American Indian-owned restaurant in the city. Owner Marv Hanson tapped into a little-used state fund intended to help Native entrepreneurs.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama Tweaks U.S. Vision For Fight Against Terrorism
President Obama discussed America's counter-terrorism strategy — including the use of drones and the prison at Guantanamo Bay — during an address at the National Defense University on Thursday. He rejected the idea that the country can fight an open-ended "global war on terror."
Political Attacks Ramp Up In U.S. Senate Race In Mass.
In Massachusetts, what's been a relatively lackluster campaign to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry is heating up. Veteran Democratic Rep. Ed Markey is running against Republican Gabriel Gomez, a businessman and former Navy SEAL. Gomez is a political newcomer.
Documentary Introduces The Man Behind WikiLeaks
David Greene talks to filmmaker Alex Gibney about the new documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks. In 2006, Julian Assange launched WikiLeaks and encouraged anyone in the world to pass on information that might expose government secrets.
Why You Have To Scratch That Itch
Itch can be a useful warning sign, or a maddening symptom with no cure. But the origins of itch have long been a mystery. Scientists think they've come closer to understanding the origins of itch in a molecule that makes mice scratch like mad.
China's Air Pollution: Is The Government Willing To Act?
There is some political willingness, but because China is highly decentralized politically, the Communist Party has only limited influence over provincial governments and how they regulate their dirty factories. The powerful state-owned oil companies have also resisted pressure to produce cleaner-burning fuel.
Iranian Council: Ex-President Rafsanjani Unfit To Run Again
The Iranian presidential election is just weeks away, and voters are faced with a very narrow range of pro-regime candidates to choose from. All the high-profile or independent candidates have been eliminated by the Guardian Council. One man considered unfit to run has already held the post of president.
Former CEO To Resume His Post At Procter & Gamble
A.G. Lafley will replace Bob McDonald immediately. Procter & Gamble is behind names like Crest toothpaste and Tide laundry detergent. The 175-year-old company has been struggling to grow in emerging markets.
Insurers Picked For California Health Exchange
In a key test of the federal health law's ability to draw competitive bids from health insurance companies, California has unveiled plans and prices that will be available next year to millions of residents shopping for individual coverage on its new insurance marketplace.
What Has Been Driving Stock Prices Up?
The U.S. stock market indices are up 15 percent so far this year. Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, about the week in stocks. What's behind the broader rally this year, and why did things get rocky this week?
9-Year-Old Girl Chastises McDonald's CEO
At the McDonald's annual shareholders meeting in Chicago Thursday, Hannah Robertson told CEO Don Thompson, "It would be nice if you stopped trying to trick kids into wanting to eat your food all the time." Hannah and her mother were part of a contingent from a watchdog group.