'Knee-high by 4th of July' corn not good enough now "Knee high by the Fourth of July." There's no clear explanation when, where or why the phrase started. It sticks around as a simple rhyme that people love to say. But the phrase has outlived its usefulness.6:50 a.m.
Climatologist Seeley talks about an eventful early July MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about record high temperatures that have stayed for days on end in central and southern Minnesota. He also discusses frequent rainfall that's hit the northern part of the state so far in this month.6:55 a.m.
Medicaid expansion is already underway in Minnesota The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court last week that the Affordable Care Act is Constitutional means the law will continue to be implemented. MPR health care reform reporter Elizabeth Stawicki talks about the section of the legislation that deals with Medicaid.8:25 a.m.
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Obama Boards A Bus To Promote His Economic Vision
President Obama's campaign bus rolls from Ohio into Pennsylvania Friday. He is trying to make the case that the U.S. economy is slowly but surely on the mend. While touring Ohio's manufacturing belt Thursday, he highlighted the rebound of the auto industry.
Supreme Court Has A Term To Remember
In the last 10 days alone, the high court created a storm of historic headlines. For the first time in recent memory, liberals prevailed in most of the high-profile cases, from the Affordable Care Act to the Arizona immigration law. But nobody expects that to continue.
U.N. Human Rights Council Backs Internet Freedom
The main human rights body of the United Nations is backing a landmark resolution that states people have a right to freedom of expression on the Internet. The resolution got nearly universal support — even from countries that censor the Internet.
Fake Bylines Reveal Hidden Costs Of Local News
Major newspapers in Chicago, Houston and San Francisco are among those that have acknowledged they published dozens of items in print or online that appeared under fake bylines. The items in question were not written by reporters at the papers but by employees of a news outsourcing firm called Journatic.
Pie Week Evokes Memories From Listeners
Morning Edition listeners this week on Twitter shared memories of making pies. We'll hear from a couple of them as our series comes to a close. And, we'll wrap up the series with a musical ode to pie.
It Was A Gloomy June For Many Retailers' Sales
The summer is not looking very sunny for retails who market to the middle class. Upper and lower end stores are doing better. Retail experts said lousy weather was one factor in the lower than expected sales increase.
Despite Delays, Chair Lifts Coming To Public Pools
A new provision in the Americans with Disabilities Act requires pools that are open to the public to add the lifts. They were supposed to be installed by May, but the Justice Department has moved the deadline to January. While some pools continue to fight the order, this could be the last extension.
Britain Unveils Europe's Tallest Building
London is home to Europe's tallest building called The Shard. It sort of looks like a giant shard of glass. It stands out in the city which has a relatively low skyline.
June Brought 80,000 Jobs, 8.2 Percent Unemployment
The Labor Department on Friday reported the nation's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.2 percent in June, as employers created 80,000 jobs. The figures fall short of expectations and indicate a weakening job market amid sluggish economic growth.