DFL, GOP both foresee boost from Obama visit Democrats think a visit from President Barack Obama will fire up their base and motivate rank-and-file DFLers to vote in November. Republicans, on the other hand, say Obama's visit will be a boon to their candidates, as his poll numbers sink and many Americans see the country as heading in the wrong direction.6:20 a.m.
Sole female sex offender's status now in federal judge's hands U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank and federal Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Keyes said they will have evidentiary hearings in about three weeks on the woman's treatment as well as the possible release of a male offender in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.7:20 a.m.
The rise of soccer, from The Current's Mark Wheat Current host Mark Wheat, an avid soccer fan, has been watching this year's World Cup from the Nomal World Pub in Minneapolis. But before he headed over to catch the US-Germany match, he checked in with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.8:45 a.m.
Bobby Z says 'Purple Rain' was 'what you live for' At Morning Edition music, we're marking the 30 years since the release 'Purple Rain," by Prince. In a new article on the website for our sister station The Current, Bobby Z, who played drums for Prince on the album, had some serious praise for the song "Purple Rain." "It's just one of those moments, as a band, that you live for.... when you hear those opening chords of Purple Rain, you just stop time some how, and just listen."8:49 a.m.
Croatian Tennis Player Mishears Press Question
At a news conference after his Wimbledon loss, Ernests Gulbis was asking about getting rid of umpires — letting players referee their own games. He thought he was asked about getting rid of vampires.
Barnes & Noble To Split Into Two Companies
The company says it is separating its profitable retail bookstores from its weak Nook digital operation. Nook has lost $700 million in its e-reader and e-book business in the past two years.