Minneapolis mayoral candidates debate city's education challenges For the most part, the six candidates agreed on education policies. They all want better standardized tests, but fewer of them. They all think schools should reduce the number of students they suspend. And they all like Minneapolis School Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson's plan to give struggling schools more autonomy.6:20 a.m.
Three reasons Vikings fans might want to gamble on a pricey seat license Gov. Mark Dayton told the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority that he wants them to stick up for Vikings fans and put a lid on the new seat fees the team is planning at the new stadium. But there may be good reasons for fans to gamble on paying those fees, which are better known as personal seat licenses.7:20 a.m.
Apple growers look forward to bountiful harvest The apple harvest will be a couple of weeks late this year, but the orchards are full of sweet fruit and producers are looking toward an exceptional harvest. Minnesota apple growers are expected to produce nearly 20 million pounds of fruit this year.7:25 a.m.
State epidemiologist urges smarter use of antibiotics Health officials around the country are facing "potentially catestrophic consequences" if they can't slow the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections. For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control is estimating the toll of those infections, saying they kill 23,000 people a year in the U.S. At least two million Americans fall ill from drug resistant bacteria annually. The new government report relies on data from Minnesota and other states that closely track cases of antibiotic resistant bugs. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Ruth Lynfield, Minnesota's state epidemiologist, about the situation.8:25 a.m.
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Shooting At D.C.'s Navy Yard Leaves 12 Workers Dead
A shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. killed 13 people including the shooter. By late Monday, authorities said they were convinced the shooting was the work of a lone gunman, and the lockdown around the area was eased.
Fed Meeting Could Lead To Stimulus Reduction
Many economic analysts expect the Federal Reserve to announce the first reduction in its stimulus program on Wednesday. The Fed has been pumping money into the financial system by purchasing U.S. government bonds and mortgage-backed-securities.
Rain Stops In Colorado But Devastation Remains
Air rescues have resumed in Colorado's Boulder and Larimer counties, sending a stream of evacuees to shelters around the region. Also, more federal resources are beginning to become available. Additionally, flooding is beginning to work its way into the plains of eastern Colorado.
Floods Make Many Roads In Colorado Impassable
Portions of Bellview, Colo., are entirely cut off by flooding. Resident Mark Benjamin has been helping neighbors by rigging a zipline across floodwaters to transport supplies. He talks with Steve Inskeep about the condition of Bellview's roads — and what it will take to rebuild them.
Washington, D.C. Copes With Navy Yard Tragedy
The deadly shooting rampage at the Navy Yard on Monday happened less than four miles from the White House and two miles from the Capitol. "This is a horrific tragedy," Mayor Vincent Gray said.
Telomeres May Hold Clues To Effects Of Aging
Scientists are reporting an advance in the science of aging — and maybe even a clue on how to reverse some of aging's effects. They have evidence that lifestyle changes already known to be good for you — healthy diet, exercise, reducing stress — may prevent the chromosomes in our cells from unraveling. It's all about little caps on our chromosomes called telomeres.
Financial Crisis Recovery Has Been Bumpy For Some
Five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, President Obama is touting an economic comeback. But he says the country still has a long way to go to restore prosperity for the middle class. He warned Republicans in Congress not to impede the recovery by staging another showdown over the debt ceiling.
JPMorgan To Get Whale Of A Fine For Trading Losses
The fine is reportedly said to be at least $700 million for what authorities say were massive derivative bets made without adequate risk controls in place. The case became known as the "London Whale" owing to the size of the trades made.