Could Mississippi River, conservation meet water needs of northeast suburbs? St. Paul residents don't water their lawns as much as they used to, and population growth has been modest. Those trends have left St. Paul's water treatment plant with less work than anticipated. But just four miles away from where St. Paul's water waits to be treated, water levels at White Bear Lake continue dropping, in part because local communities are taking too much water from a nearby aquifer. The Metropolitan Council says St. Paul could help the lake by providing water to some of the communities using the aquifer -- or even by piping water directly into the lake.8:20 a.m.
Vikings trip to London ends with a win The Minnesota Vikings won their first game of the 2013 season in London yesterday, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27. The Vikings are are now 1-3. MPR's Phil Picard spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the victory which featured Matt Cassel replacing Christian Ponder as the starting quarterback. Ponder sustained a rib injury last week.8:45 a.m.
A little-known song about Minneapolis Today is the 78th birthday of singer Jill Corey. Corey was well-known for singing American pop standards during the 1950s. She sang with the Percy Faith Orchestra and was a regular on one of Johnny Carson's first television shows.
In 1953, she was featured on the cover of Life magazine and released her first single, "Minneapolis." It was written by Bob Hilliard and Minneapolis-native Sid Lippman.
Jill Corey quit show business in 1961 after marrying Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Don Hoak in 1961. She re-started her career after Hoak died of a heart attack in 1969.8:48 a.m.
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Clock Keeps Ticking Toward Government Shutdown
The government is expected to partially shutdown at midnight Monday night if Congress cannot agree on a spending plan. The Senate is expected to reject a House bill passed over the weekend. That bill funds the government, but delays the president's health care law by one year, and repeals a tax that helps pay for it.
Insurance Exchange 101: Here's What You Need To Know
If all goes as planned, people who don't have insurance will be able to shop for it on online insurance marketplaces starting Tuesday. As long as people sign up by Dec. 15, they'll be covered starting Jan. 1.
Justice Department Sues North Carolina Over Voter ID Law
The lawsuit takes aim at provisions that limit early voting periods and require a government photo ID as an illegal form of discrimination against minorities at the ballot box, according to a person briefed on the Justice Department's plans.
A Short History Of Government Shutdowns
Drawn-out fights over spending bills are nothing new for Congress. But before a 1980 ruling by President Carter's attorney general, the rest of the country barely noticed. That's because when lawmakers reached a budget stalemate back then, the federal workforce kept on working.
Yankees Say Goodbye To Rivera And His Cut Fastball
This was the final season for New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. His number is being retired by the only team he has ever played for during his 19-year Major League Baseball career. Rivera with his signature pitch, the cut fastball, was one of the most successful closers in baseball history.
To Get The Benefits Of Olive Oil, Fresh May Be Best
Increasingly, high quality oils have a harvest date stamped on the label. Why? Olive oil goes rancid and loses many of the beneficial compounds in just a few months. If the oil stings the back of your throat, the beneficial compounds are there, experts say.
Kombucha: Magical Health Elixir Or Just Funky Tea?
It smells like vinegar and tastes like spoiled cider. But fans of the fermented tea say that kombucha helps fight off diseases and aging. Sounds fantastical? Well, it probably is. At this point, scientists still know little about kombucha's health effects.
DirectTV Signs Movie-Financing Deal With A24
The satellite TV operator has signed a $40 million deal with independent film studio A24 Inc. to help finance new movies. In return, DirecTV gets exclusive rights to air the indie films on-demand for 30 days before they hit theaters.
Asian Investors Find Hot Market In U.S. Properties
Sales in commercial real estate in the U.S. have soared over the past year. Asian nations, particularly China, are scooping up trophy properties and investing in some large, long-term development projects at a record pace.
Millions Of TV Viewers Say Goodbye To 'Breaking Bad'
The audience numbers aren't out yet, but viewership for the very last episode of AMC's Breaking Bad was expected to top 8 million Sunday night. Thirty second ad slots reportedly sold for $250,000, and a promise to buy more ads on other shows.