U of M, Mayo feeling federal budget cuts Seven months since automatic across-the-board federal budget cuts took effect, two of Minnesota's best-known research institutions are already feeling squeezed.5:35 a.m.
Climatologist says late-season heat wave unusual MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the heat this week that affected attendance at the Minnesota State Fair, some Minneapolis public school students who didn't have access to air conditioning in class, and others this week. He also forecasts some relief from the heat soon.6:55 a.m.
State Fair University: The history and future of glass The Minnesota State Fair is a great place for experts to show off what they know in front of a group of people they wouldn't normally spend time with. We've been seeking out those experts this week. We found some more just outside Heritage Square at what is dubbed the "hottest spot at the fair." It's a rumbling furnace that reaches 2,100 degrees farenheit used to demonstrate the ancient art of glass blowing. Once an hour, members of the FOCI Minnesota Center for Glass Arts show off their glass-making skills. As part of Morning Edition's State Fair University, our producer Jeff Jones asked FOCI's Bryan Ethier for a quick history of glass.7:45 a.m.
Gophers offense still a question mark despite big win It was a busy day for sports in Minneapolis yesterday. At Target Field, the Twins fell to Kansas City 3-1. The Vikings pulled off a 24-23 win over Tennessee in their last pre-season game at the Metrodome. Meanwhile, at TCF Bank Stadium, the University of Minnesota Gopher Football team started their season with a convincing win over U.N.L.V. The score was 51-23. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, digital sports editor at the Star Tribune.8:45 a.m.
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British Parliament Rejects Military Strikes On Syria
The British Parliament has refused to endorse a military strike against Syria. Prime Minister David Cameron had called the session to argue for military intervention in Syria in response to the apparent chemical strike that killed hundreds there.
In NCAA Division I Football, Winning Isn't Everything
The college football season got under way Thursday night. In one game, Presbyterian College lost to Wake Forest 31-7. That result was not a surprise. Presbyterian is the smallest football school in Division I. Every year, lower-level Division I schools make a lot of money losing to larger and richer schools.
Dumplings Taste Better When Filled With Memories
Just about every culture has dumplings. For the Polish, it's pierogi, and as Morning Edition editor Renita Jablonski writes, this little dumpling plays a big role for many Polish-Americans in preserving and celebrating their heritage.
Money May Be Motivating Doctors To Do More C-Sections
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Afghan Viewpoint Of U.S. Army Trial Of Robert Bales
A group of Afghan victims and witnesses were flown to the U.S. for the sentencing hearing of Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales. Bales gunned down 16 people last year just outside his outpost in Kandahar province. Ahmad Shafi was asked to translate the proceedings to the group of Afghans, and he talks about the experience with Morning Edition host Renee Montagne.
Secret U.S. Spy Budget Revealed
On Thursday, The Washington Post reported on U.S. spy agencies' $52.6 billion secret budget for fiscal year 2013. The information is said to be included in leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Honest Tea Founders Tell Their Story Of Not-Too-Sweet Success
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White House Presses On With Plans To Strike Syria
The Obama administration says action is necessary because Syria's government used chemical weapons against its own people last week — killing hundreds. What evidence is there that Syria's government was behind the attack?